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"It’s just been revoked!"

Lethal Weapon 2 - Murtaugh Gets Even

Description: Detective Roger Murtaugh's (Danny Glover) eulogy to nefarious smuggler Arjen Rudd (Joss Ackland) in the action film Lethal Weapon 2 (1989).

Roger Murtaugh, and his borderline psychotic partner Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) work as detective sergeants for the Los Angeles Police Department. One day, they engage in a car chase that results in a crash of a red BMW and the discovery of a cache of South African gold Krugerrand bars which belong to a group of drug smugglers.

"I'm surprised you haven't heard about me, you know, I've go a bad reputation. And sometimes I just go nuts, like now, ha huh" - Martin Riggs

Arjen Rudd, the corrupt Minister of Affairs at the South African Consulate and his head of security Pieter Vostedt (Derrick O'Connor) are not pleased with the police interfering with their drug smuggling operation and so they send a message to back off by placing a seat-activated bomb on the toilet in Murtaugh's house, which Roger activates.

Boom! You're Dead!

As Roger sits quietly, the police bomb squad arrives and pours liquid nitrogen on the bomb to delay the mechanism a second or two to give Roger a chance to escape. The police then exit the house as Riggs remains behind. On the count of three Riggs pulls Roger off the toilet and into the cast iron bathtub that affords them some protection from the blast.

"Open up, Police... ("How do I know you are the police?")... after I shoot you through the door, you can examine the bullet, now open up." - Martin Riggs

After the attempt on Roger's life, the police order the boys to leave the South Africans alone and instead to protect federal witness Leo Getz (Joe Pesci), a sleazy, loud-mouthed accountant who has decided to offer testimony against his money laundering clients.


  [Leo explains money laundering]
Leo Getz: Okay, okay, okay, okay, this is the best part okay? You make a tax deduction on interest payments you don't even make! Am I an innovator? Am I a genius?
Martin Riggs: You're a swindler!
Roger Murtaugh: Cheat!
Leo Getz: Everyone cheats a little bit... look at the Pentagon!


While Roger and Riggs hold up in a hotel with Leo Getz, an assassin disguised as room service attempts to kill Leo, but the plan is foiled (Riggs and Getz fall out of the hotel window and drop seven stories into a pool below). Soon after the boys learn that the assassin works for the South Africans and that Getz had dealings with the cocaine smugglers. Leo then shows Riggs and Murtaugh their hideout, but when the police arrive, Rudd appears and declares he and his staff are protected by diplomatic immunity ("My dear officer, you could not even give me a parking ticket. Who is the dickhead now, heh?").

Lethal Weapon 2 - Pieter Vorstedt and Arjen Rudd

A short time later, Riggs infiltrates the South African Consulate and tells Arjen Rudd to get out of Dodge. As Riggs leaves, he smashes the glass on a huge aquarium that sends water and fish everywhere.

"I'll make you a deal, Arjen, or Aryan, or whatever the fuck your name is, I'll make you a little deal. You fold up your tents - and get the fuck out of my country - and I won't do anything to you. I'll leave you alone. [points gun at Arjen] Cause if you stick around here, I'm gonna FUCK YOUR ASS' "THey gonna send you home with your balls in a sling..- Riggs

Fed up with Riggs and Murtaugh's interference, Rudd orders Vorstedt to take out the two detectives. Delighted to get the assignment Vorstedt sends hired killers to take out Murtaugh, who is guaridng Leo Getz. They manage to snatch Getz away to the hideout but fail to kill Roger who survives the encounter by using a portable nail gun as a weapon. “Nailed them both,” Roger quipped.

Meanwhile Riggs and Rudd's secretary, Rika van den Haas (Patsy Kensit) who no longer supports her employer's activities are attacked by machine gun fire from two helicopters as they share a bed at Rigg's seaside trailer home. The two escape the onslaught, but are captured when they seek refuge at Rika's apartment. Before Vorstedt disposes of Rigg's who has been shackled in a straight jacket, he taunts the cop with the revelation that it was he who killed his wife.


Pieter Vorstedt: I was going to offer you a drink, Riggs, but I hear you're on the wagon these days.
Martin Riggs: Yeah, that stuff'll kill you quick. Listen, you know so much about me; who the hell are you?
Pieter Vorstedt: I'm the guy that changes the course of your life, man. 4 years ago, Riggs, when you were a narc off Long Beach, you were getting too close to us so we put a contract out on you. I handled it myself; drove your car right off the fucking road, remember? Now, of course, you weren't driving. You can't imagine the surprise. I pulled back this matted mop of blood-soaked hair to see this woman's face... your wife, right? She didn't die straightaway... took a bit of time. [Riggs struggles to escape, but is restrained] Don't know much luck with women, do you, Riggs?

After being thrown into the water to drown, Riggs escapes from the straight jacket by dislocating his shoulder, but Rika who shared his fate was not as lucky and drowns. Roger Murtauch (whose catchphrase is "Shit, I'm getting too old for this!") then join forces with Riggs to rescue Leo who has been kidnapped and held hostage at a private home owned by the South Afirican Consulate. As Roger enters their hideout and rescues Leo, while Riggs pulls out the supports of the hillside home which causes the entire building to come tumbling down.

Heading to the L. A. Harbor, Riggs and Murtaugh discover a a cargo container filled with illegal money and a Mercedes Benz, but the bad guys shut the doors, trapping them inside. As the cargo container is lifted onboard the ship, the boys hop into the car, reeve its engine, and ram the doors of the container, sending the car and a shower of money into the cargo bay below.

Repelling down ropes into the cargo bay, Riggs and Murtaugh continue stalking their prey. Within minutes, Riggs confronts his wife's killer and they begin a vicious hand-to-hand fistfight. Just as it appears that Riggs is defeated, he grabs the control button that operates the cargo container crane and drops the cargo container on Pieter who is quickly sent screaming to hell.

Seeing that his hired thug has been killed, Arjen Rudd fires a number of shots, injuring Riggs who falls writhing in pain. When Roger rushes to aid his partner, Rudd's gun clicks empty and so he tries to hide behind his diplomatic immunity credentials, but Murtaugh has different plans. Cocking his head to the side, Roger takes aim and fires, saying, “It’s just been revoked.” Roger's shot delivers a mortal bullet blow to the diplomat's brain.


Roger Murtaugh: [shouting] DROP IT, ASSHOLE!
Martin Riggs: [injured] Rog...
Arjen Rudd: [holds up his identification] Diplomatic immunity!
 

Arjen Rudd shot in head

Roger Murtaugh: [Roger fires his gun] It's just been revoked!

When Roger’s wounded partner Martin Riggs asks did we get “the bad guys” Rogers tells him, "They’ve been decaffeinated."

Note: Throughout the Lethal Weapon movies, Leo Getz is always complaining about the little irritations of life. His favorite complaint is being "fucked" by everybody, in the course of a day. Here are some of his frustrations:

Lethal Weapon - Leo Getz

“They FUCK YOU at the drive-thru, okay? They FUCK YOU at the drive-thru! They know you’re gonna be miles away before you find out you got fucked! They know you’re not gonna turn around and go back, they don’t care. So who gets fucked? Ol’ Leo Getz! Okay, sure! I don’t give a fuck! I’m not eating this tuna, okay?”

In the sequel Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) Getz shouts,

“They FUCK YOU at the hospital, OK? They FUCK YOU at the hospital! First they drug you, then, they FUCK YOU! And then along comes the insurance company and FUCKS YOU some more!”

And again in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) Leo grumbles,

“They FUCK YOU with cell phones! That’s what it is! They’re fuckin’ you with the cell phone! They love it when you get cut off! Y’know why, huh? You know why? ‘Cause when you call back—which they know you're gonna do!—they charge you for that fuckin’ first minute again at that high rate!...They fuck ya, they fuck ya, they fuck ya!”


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