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'Lethal Weapon' is 25 years old today ("I'm too old for this ...")



lethal-weapon.jpgIf Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte invented the buddy/cop genre with 48 Hours, then Danny Glover and Mel Gibson perfected it in 1987's Lethal Weapon.

Famed film critic Roger Ebert, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a perfect score of 4 stars, calling it "a movie where you and your date grab each other's arm every four minutes and you walk out black and blue and grinning from ear to ear."

What is the secret to its enduring appear? The chemistry between Glover and Gibson. The great action sequences. The body count (26). The memorable quotes. ("You're not trying to draw a psycho pension! You really are crazy!" "I'm too old for this sh--!" "Do you really wanna jump? Do you wanna?") All of the above.

Lethal Weapon officially turns 25 years old today, having been released on March 6, 1987.

Here are three bits of trivia you might not remember about Lethal Weapon:

LIVE LONG AND DIRECT SOMETHING ELSE: Mr. Spock could have directed this. But Leonard Nimoy didn't feel comfortable doing action movies; he chose to direct Three Men and a Baby instead.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE: Director Franco Zeffirelli reportedly decided to offer Gibson the role of Hamlet after seeing his suicide contemplation scene in Lethal Weapon.

ANOTHER SEQUEL: Glover and Gibson returned for three sequels, but Hollywood isn't done with the franchise just yet. In January, Warner Bros. announced plans to reboot Lethal Weapon featuring the same characters -- but with an entirely new cast. Sorry, Mel and Danny.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 12:16pm]


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