Lethal Weapon movie was released in 1987. There
were a number of sequels, including Lethal
(1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), and
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). All of them starred the
main characters of Mel
Gibson as Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as Roger
Murtaugh. Focusing on the first movie, reviews
were mostly positive, and the film was a huge success at
the box office.
In the original movie,
homicide Detective Murtaugh is close to retirement.
He decides to try to solve one last case before calling
it quits, that being the murder of his friend's
daughter. Murtaugh discovers that his friend's
daughter had been involved in a heroin smuggling
operation, and since drugs were involved, Murtaugh was
required to partner with a a psychotic narcotics officer
named Martin Riggs. They soon discover that the
drug ring is a major operation, headed by retired
General McAllister and his lead henchman, Mr. Joshua
(played by Gary Busey).
The sequels were variations of the same
buddy-cop theme. The second movie, for example,
had the duo protecting Leo Getz (Joe Pesci), a nark
mixed up in an African human trafficking and drug
operation. The second movie was also a huge box
office draw, although it did not fair as well with
critics as the original. The final two movies were
also considered financially successful, even though they
did not earn as much as their predecessors.