Black SplatLethal Weapon (1987)

"Basically, I’m fucked!"

Lethal Weapon - Rigggs and Murtaugh at Odds

Description: Mel Gibson as police detective Martin Riggs lays it on the line to his new partner Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) in the action adventure Lethal Weapon (1987).

After 20 years on the force, police detective Roger Murtaugh has come face-to-face with the most dangerous killing machine in Los Angeles... his new partner. - Movie Tagline

Martin Riggs is a widowed, on-the-edge cop and ex-special forces sniper partnered with Roger Murtaugh, a by-the-book veteran cop who is close to retirement.

When they first meet at the police station, Roger sees Rigg's gun, thinks he's a threat, shouts "Gun!" and approaches Riggs to disarm him. Riggs throws Roger to the floor as his supervisor says, "Meet your new partner." Disgusted, Roger tells his colleagues, "I'm too old for this shit! This phrase becomes Roger's catchphrase throughout his relationship with Riggs.

Riggs: Hey, look friend, let's just cut the shit. Now we both know why I was transferred. Everybody thinks I'm suicidal, in which case, I'm fucked and nobody wants to work with me; or they think I'm faking to draw a psycho pension, in which case, I'm fucked and nobody wants to work with me. Basically, I'm fucked.
Murtaugh: Guess what?
Riggs: What?
Murtaugh: I don't want to work with you!
Riggs: Hey, don't.
Murtaugh: Ain't got no choice! Looks like we both been fucked!
Riggs: Terrific.
Murtaugh: God hates me. That's what it is.
Riggs: Hate him back; it works for me.

As Riggs and Murtaugh becomes closer as partners, Murtaugh begs the question, “Okay, clown, no bullshit! You wanna kill yourself? Shut up! Yes or no - you wanna die?" Riggs reluctantly replies:

“Oh, what do you want to hear, man? Do you want to hear that sometimes I think about eating a bullet?...Well, I do...I even got a special one for the occasion with a hollow point. Look...make sure it blows the back of my goddamn head out, do the job right...Every single day I wake up and think of a reason not to do it...This is going to make you laugh...You know why I don’t do it?...The job, doing my job—now that’s the reason.”

Eventually, Riggs and Murtaugh learn to work together and take down a heroin smuggling ring run by a General Peter McAlister (Mitch Ryan), the former Commander of Shadow Company and Joshua (Gary Busey) his psychotic sidekick whom Riggs calls that "albino jackrabbit son of a bitch."

When Mendez (Ed O'Ross), a gangster and potential client meets with McAlister, he takes a look at Joshua and exclaims, "Where the hell did you get him? Psychos 'R Us?" To prove Joshua's loyalty, the General orders his associate to place his hand over a lighter flame and hold it there until told to remove it. Joshua dutifully obliges.

The General then asks Mendez, "You wish to do business with us, yes? You wish to make a purchase, yes? Mendez replies, "Yes, yes, Jesus Christ, yes... Ya know, you guys are out there like fuckin' Pluto, man. You're gone!" McAlister answers, "The bulk of the heroin will be here Friday night, we'll make delivery at that time. Have the money ready, and no tricks. If you try anything... you'll have to talk to Mr. Joshua. Merry Christmas."

Lethal Weapon - Riggs is tortured by Mr. Joshua

Later, Mr. Joshua captures Riggs and tortures him with "electric shock therapy" to find out what he knows about their activities. As Mr. Joshua explains, " Well, our problem, and yours too, is we have a shipment of merchandise to deliver. It's rather large, this shipment. It would be unfortunate, however, if we showed up to deliver our HEROIN, and were surrounded by fifty cops. So, it's essential for us to find out all the cops know." Riggs replies, "Well, I guess we're in for a long night, 'cause I don't know shit."

In the end, Riggs escapes his captors, rescues Roger and his daughter, Rianne (Traci Wilfe) who were also captured and thwarts the bad guys. As they leave, Riggs says,"What did one shepherd say to the other shepherd? Let's get the flock out of here!"

When McAlister drives toward Murtaugh, Roger aims his gun, and says, "No way you live. No way. General McAlister, time to die." Later, at Roger's home, Riggs and Joshua fight it out man-to-man. When Riggs subdues Joshua, Murtaugh says, "Get that shit off my lawn." Two policeman arrest Joshua, but he wrestles a gun from one of the officers, so Murtaugh and Riggs open fire and kill the creepy psycho just in time for Christmas dinner.

Riggs: You don't trust me at all, do you?
Murtaugh: Well, I'll tell you what. You make it through tomorrow without killing anybody, especially me, or yourself, then I'll start trusting you.
Riggs: Fair enough.

Note: In the film Just One of the Guys (1985) Joyce Hyser as Terry, a pretty high school senior says, “With my help he’s come a long way. He’s stopped buying his clothes at Nerds-R-Us.”

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