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04-19-17 07:17 PM - Post#1698191    



A few years ago I did a couple of these head to heads (Back to School vs Old School and Kingpin vs The Big Labowski) so I thought I'd do it again.

Two classic 80's action movies that are on cable non-stop. They also share a surprising amount of similarities:

Both set in Southern California at Christmas
Both have a white cop and a black cop as the protagonists
Even the guns were the same: white cop a Beretta 92fs, black cop a Smith revolver and in both the white cop obtained an H&K MP5 from the bad guys
Both had several sequels that weren't nearly as good as the original (although Lethal Weapons were clearly the better ones)
And even the endings were similar where a blonde villain they believed to have been vanquished reemerges with a gun as the two good guys embrace and has to be shot

So which is it, Mr Joshua's Lethal Weapon or Hans Gruber's Die Hard?

This is ONLY about the ORIGINALS. Don't factor in the sequels.

I'm going Lethal Weapon by a razor thin margin.





Die Hard vs Lethal Weapon
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Lethal Weapon
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Edited by ed21 on 04-19-17 07:22 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
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04-19-17 08:26 PM - Post#1698199    


    In response to ed21

I'm with you, ed: Lethal Weapon by the thinnest of margins.


 
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04-19-17 08:53 PM - Post#1698202    


    In response to Jax

Lethal Weapon. There's some great stuff to behold in that movie, including the Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighting style that would become so famous and some actually brilliant comedic moments. Slim margin as well. Die Hard is a classic.

I know this is only about the originals, but I actually liked the sequels up to 3 anyways. 4 and up were clearly bad films.


 
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04-20-17 12:08 AM - Post#1698219    


    In response to Canucko29

The lone wolf movie vs the cop buddy movie....Tough one.

I've gotta go with Lethal Weapon also.

Both movies have Al Leong in them, and that's a strong start.

Gary Busey played a very underrated psycho, who should've had more screen time. As much as I like Hans Gruber, Mr. Joshua gets the nod.

Glover was surprisingly good for the role, and had probably one of the top 2 lines between both movies. But his character seemed to flourish more in the sequels.

Diehard was Willis' breakout movie, and it had great action and dialogue that's withstood decades. But....Gibson had all of that AND the psycho aspect of Mr. Joshua.

Here's a side poll for everyone.

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04-20-17 06:15 AM - Post#1698223    


    In response to KyleFreadrich43

Lethal Weapon all the way.

Mel and Danny were great.

Loved Die Hard, but I was a bigger Mel fan with his humour.
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04-20-17 07:10 AM - Post#1698225    


    In response to Brawls16

Good poll ed. The originals in each series were classics. But I have to go with Die Hard. It's such an amazing movie, and imho, it's the best movie of the series.
 
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04-20-17 09:38 AM - Post#1698236    


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Good comparison. I'd go with Lethal Weapon with a little better depth to the story, but both were very entertaining and fairly well scripted for action movies. To me, Alan Rickman stole the show for Diehard.
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04-20-17 11:07 AM - Post#1698244    


    In response to Edmond Dantes

Wow. Two of my favorite movies.

I will go Lethal Weapon by a nose in photo finish.

Lethal Weapon is one of the cheesiest movies but its damn good.

The final scene with the Karate fight in the yard is classic. All of the police back off and let them go for "a shot a the title." Riggs versus Mr Joshua.

Mr Joshua is also a kick ass character. Hans Gruber might be slightly better the the overall storyline is better in Lethal Weapon.

Great question and close to call.

 
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04-20-17 11:25 AM - Post#1698248    


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"Where are my detonators?" for the win!
 
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04-20-17 11:53 AM - Post#1698250    


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Gary Busey was awesome in Lethal Weapon. A lot of us just forget that this guy was a very charismatic character actor back in the day. I guess the craziness of his old age overshadowed his real credentials as a supporting actor.


 
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04-20-17 12:11 PM - Post#1698254    


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Indeed....Pappas

Pappas: [puts on blindfold] I've been on the job for over 20 years, and I fail to see what fishing bricks from the bottom of a pool has got to do with bank robbery. And on top of that, they got me babysitting some quarterback punk, named Johnny Unitas or something.
 
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04-20-17 03:56 PM - Post#1698265    


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Die hard... for no other reason than Hans Gruber was (IMHO) the better villain.
 
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04-20-17 08:16 PM - Post#1698279    


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  • foolish Said:
Die hard... for no other reason than Hans Gruber was (IMHO) the better villain.


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04-21-17 07:32 AM - Post#1698291    


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  • Canucko29 Said:
Gary Busey was awesome in Lethal Weapon. A lot of us just forget that this guy was a very charismatic character actor back in the day. I guess the craziness of his old age overshadowed his real credentials as a supporting actor.


Agreed.

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04-21-17 11:33 AM - Post#1698305    


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Die Hard. Love that movie.
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04-21-17 04:10 PM - Post#1698312    


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Die Hard
 
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04-24-17 11:05 AM - Post#1698363    


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Tough call. I would just barely say Die Hard. They are two terrific action movies that I love. 2 of my favorites. Alan Rickman plays one of the all-time best villains though, with a sort of reserved, charming evil without ever once going over the top with it. That "(Mr. Takagi) won't be joining us for the rest of his life" line is so hilarious.

My nephew is in middle school now and we're very close, he comes and stays over usually one night each weekend. I've been watching all of these movies with him: Lethal Weapon 1-4, Die Hard, First Blood, The Terminator, etc

Side note: I've avoided most sequels like the plague all of my life. I've never seen any of the Die Hard sequels.


 
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04-24-17 11:34 AM - Post#1698364    


    In response to Giz

Die Hard. If it's on tv, I'm going to watch it. I can't remember the last time I watched Lethal Weapon.
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