Riggs and Murtaugh are trying to take down some drug dealers but the they turn out to be not run of the mill drug dealers; they have automatic weapons and helicopters. Eventually they grab one of their vehicles and find a million dollars worth of gold coins or Krugerrands in the trunk. Later Murtaugh is threatened by the men they’re pursuing.
That’s when the Captain reassigns them to protect a man named Leo Getz who is suppose to testify in a big case. When they get to where Leo is, someone tries to kill him and that’s when they learn he laundered half a billion dollars worth of drug money. He then takes them to a place he once went to and that’s when the people there start shooting at them.
Later when they come back with back up they learn that the men work for the South African consulate and have diplomatic immunity. They deduce that they are the ones they were looking for, but because of they have diplomatic immunity they can’t do anything.
Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci , Patsy Kensit, Derrick O’Connor and Joss Ackland. It is a sequel to the 1987 film Lethal Weapon and second installment in the Lethal Weapon series.
Gibson and Glover respectively reprise their roles as LAPD officers Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, who protect an irritating federal witness (Pesci), while taking on a gang of South African drug dealers hiding behind diplomatic immunity. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing (Robert G. Henderson). The film received mostly positive reviews and earned more than $227 million worldwide.
The scene where Riggs is on the road outside Arjen’s stilt house and grabs onto the front of the truck (the same scene with the surfboard killing a driver) was filmed on March 21, 1989. The opening chase sequence was filmed on November 28, 1988. The scenes where Riggs and Rika are ambushed by helicopters at night on the beach were filmed at Marineland of the Pacific in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on “Cobble Beach”. Other portions of the film were shot in Palm Springs, California.
The Star Wars series and Ghostbusters notwithstanding (which were released some years before), the film was among the first of the summer blockbusters to feature the ‘title only’ style of opening that would become an established feature of ‘event’ films from that point on.
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Directed by: Richard Donner
Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Derrick O’Connor, Patsy Kensit, Darlene Love, Traci Wolfe, Jenette Goldstein, Steve Kahan
Screenplay by: Jeffrey Boam
Production Design by: J. Michael Riva
Cinematography by: Stephen Goldblatt
Film Editing by: Stuart Baird
Set Decoration by: Marvin March
Art Direction by: Richard Berger, Virginia L. Randolph
Music by: Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen, David Sanborn
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: July 7, 1989