USA Today - 05/15/1992
"...Like a bleached-blond Energizer Bunny, Pesci scoots about and recharges every scene he's in..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/22/1992
"...[Russo] is impressive....With her big, beautiful jaw, she's like a '40s siren reborn as a '90s terminatrix..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/15/1992
"...The final showdown is as berserk, outrageous and as over-the-top as the best action sequences from earlier in the series..."
L.A. police detectives Riggs and Murtaugh team up again to track down an ex-cop who has been smuggling guns out of impound back to gangs on the street. Days away from retirement, Murtaugh is reluctantly pushed into action by Riggs.
In this installment of the popular "Lethal Weapon" series, Riggs and Murtaugh stumble upon a gun racket run by ex-cop Jack Travis (Stuart Wilson). Travis provides Los Angeles' toughest gangs with high tech weaponry, but now (to Riggs' delight) Lorna Cole, an attractive martial-arts trained internal affairs investigator, has been assigned to help the dynamic duo turn mayhem into order. Together, they can manage it -- the hard way.
Although "Lethal Weapon 3," with it's images of violent Los Angeles cops, opened on the coattails of the Rodney King beating -- which some thought would hurt its box-office draw -- it went on to become one of the top-grossing movies of 1992. Some critics speculated that audiences enjoy the film's interracial friendship between Gibson's spontaneously unstable Riggs and the restraint of Glover's solidly middle class Murtaugh.
Shot in Technicolor and Panavision.
Additional credits: Gregory Kent Simmons (assistant director); Controlled Demolition International (structural implosion effects)
SEE-ALSO for Best Lead Performer refers to Mel Gibson.
SEE-ALSO for Best Supporting Performer refers to British Actor Stuart Wilson, who portrays Jack Travis.