Veteran buttoned-down LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh is partnered with unhinged cop Martin Riggs, who -- distraught after his wife's death -- has a death wish and takes unnecessary risks with criminals at every turn. The odd couple embark on their first homicide investigation as partners, involving a young woman known to Murtaugh with ties to a drug and prostitution ring.

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  1. Shane Black


  2. Richard Donner


Top Billed Cast

  1. Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson

    Sergeant Martin Riggs

  2. Danny Glover

    Danny Glover

    Sergeant Roger Murtaugh

  3. Gary Busey

    Gary Busey

    Mr. Joshua

  4. Mitchell Ryan

    Mitchell Ryan

    General Peter McAllister

  5. Tom Atkins

    Tom Atkins

    Michael Hunsaker

  6. Darlene Love

    Darlene Love

    Trish Murtaugh

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 50m

Budget $15,000,000.00

Revenue $120,207,127.00

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Release Information

  • March 6, 1987
    R, Theatrical



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