Lethal Weapon script
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Synopsis: Following the death of his wife, Los Angeles police detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) becomes reckless and suicidal. When he is reassigned and partnered with Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), Riggs immediately clashes with the older officer. Together they uncover a massive drug-trafficking ring. As they encounter increasingly dangerous situations, Riggs and Murtaugh begin to form a bond. Riggs' volatile behavior might just help them apprehend the criminals -- if it doesn't kill them both first.

He ruffles the dog's hair.

The men are more puzzled than ever as Riggs turns and

says:

RIGGS:

(chuckling)

Get this:
He wants me to beat

the shit out of you guys.

Everything stops. A cloud passes over the assembled

faces and a pin-dropping silence ensues.

Riggs, completely heedless, once again attends to the dog:

RIGGS:

What's that ... ? The one ... in the

middle... 'is a stupid fat duck'...

What ... ?

(listens again)

Oh ... Oh! A 'stupid fat fuck!'

Right.

He looks up, shakes his head.

RIGGS:

Boy, this dog is pissed.

The one in the middle grabs Riggs by the collar.

Hoists him to his feet. Gulp.

Stands, staring down at Riggs, whose eyes are completely

neutral, like a snake's.

PUNK #1

Buddy, you're shortening your

life span.

He flicks open a mean-looking switchblade.

Riggs is dead meat.

So why then, does he choose this moment to execute a

Three Stooges' routine, consisting of nose tweak, eye

gouge, and rotating fist that bobs the dock worker on

the head... ?

He's nuts or something ...

Riggs steps back and adopts a neutral fighting stance.

The others begin to circle.

The DOG BARKS. Riggs turns to the dog, but his eyes never

leave his grinning attackers.

RIGGS:

(to the collie)

What's that ... ? You want me to

take the knife away... and break

his elbow... ?

Circling ...

Riggs, watching them, his eyes beginning to dance ...

Breathing slow and even...

RIGGS:

But that would be excruciatingly

painful ...

Something inside Riggs is gearing up ... the others can

perhaps sense it, their smiles falter a bit, they crouch,

combat-ready...

Riggs, eyes blazing ...

RIGGS:

And if I separated the fat one's

shoulder... he'd probably scream...

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Shane Black

Shane Black (born December 16, 1961) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor. He wrote such late 1980s and early 1990s action movie hits as Lethal Weapon (1987) and made his directorial debut with the film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). His acting credits include Predator (1987). more…

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