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L.A. cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), whose wife has recently died, is a loose cannon with a seeming death wish. This makes him indispensable in collaring dangerous criminals, but a liability to any potential partners. Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), a conservative family man who wants to stay alive for his upcoming 50th birthday, is partnered with Riggs. As Riggs gets to know Murtaugh and his family, he begins to mellow, though his insistence on using guerilla tactics to catch criminals is still (put mildly) above and beyond the call of duty. The main villain is The General (Mitchell Ryan), a drug dealer responsible for the death of the daughter of one of Murtaugh's oldest friends. The General is also in charge of a deadly, militia-like gang of smugglers. Adding fuel to the fire is The General's chief henchman, played with all stops out by Gary Busey. Moviegoers familiar only with the relatively tongue-in-cheek Gary Busey sequels may be amazed to find out how dangerous and unpredictable Riggs is in the first Gary Busey -- and how likely it seems that Murtaugh might not survive until fade-out time. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 6, 1987


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Les Fresholtz Best Sound 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Verne Poore Best Sound 1987 Nominee


Mel Gibson
as Martin Riggs
Danny Glover
as Roger Murtaugh
Gary Busey
as Joshua
Mitchell Ryan
as The General
Tom Atkins
as Michael Hunsaker
Darlene Love
as Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe
as Rianne Murtaugh
Jackie Swanson
as Amanda Hunsaker
Damon Hines
as Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith
as Carrie Murtaugh
Gail Bowman
as Cop
Paul Tuerpé
as Mercenary
Sven Ole Thorsen
as Mercenary
Ed O'Ross
as Mendez
Sharon K. Brecke
as Girls in Shower
Jack Thibeau
as McCaskey
Gilles Kohler
as Mercenary
Jason Ronard
as Drug Dealer
Donald Gooden
as Alfred
Robert Fol
as Cop
John O'Neill
as Police Officer in Car #1
Richard Whitaker
as Police Officer
Marion Dougherty
Frank Reinhard
as Beat Cop
Michael Shaner
as McCleary
Mary Ellen Trainor
as Psychologist
Patrick Cameron
as Cop #1
Shaun Hunter
as Alfred's Friend
Cheryl Baker
as Girls in Shower
Grand L. Bush
as Boyette
Sam the Dog
as Itself
Lycia Naff
as Dixie
Chad Hayes
as Mercenary
Deborah Dismukes
as Blonde on Bike
Teresa Kadotani
as Hooker
Don Gordon
as Cop #2
Blackie Dammett
as Drug Dealer
Gustav Vintas
as Gustaf
Peter Dupont
as Mercenary
Selma Archerd
as Policewoman
Lenny Juliano
as Patrol Cop
Burbank the Cat
as Itself
Henry Brown
as Plainclothes Cop
Bill Kalmenson
as Beat Cop
Allison Caine
Terri Lynn Doss
as Girl in Shower #2
Tom Noga
as Police Officer in Car #2
Natalie Zimmerman
as Patrol Cop
Jimmie F. Skaggs
as Drug Dealer
Stephen Kahan
as Capt. Ed Murphy
Al Leong
as Endo


Richard Donner
Richard Donner
Joel Silver
Shane Black
Stephen Goldblatt
Eric Clapton
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Kamen
Composer (Music Score)
Stuart Baird
Steve Perry
Production Designer
J. Michael Riva
Production Designer
Jennie Lew-Tugend
Associate Producer
Marvin March
Set Designer
Mary Malin
Costume Designer
Verne Poore
Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Gaspar
Special Effects
Benjamin Rosenberg
First Assistant Director
Art Fransen
Mic Rodgers
Dar Robinson
Bobby Bass
Marion Dougherty
Scott Eddo