Loaded Weapon 1

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (also known simply as Loaded Weapon 1) is a 1993 American satirical buddy cop comedy film directed by Gene Quintano, and written by Quintano and Don Holley based on a story by Holley and Tori Tellem.[4] The film, starring Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson, Kathy Ireland, Frank McRae, Tim Curry and William Shatner, was released on February 5, 1993.

Loaded Weapon 1
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGene Quintano
Produced by
Barry Rosen
Screenplay by
  • Don Holley
  • Gene Quintano
Story by
  • Don Holley
  • Tori Tellem
Music byRobert Folk
CinematographyPeter Deming
Edited byChristopher Greenbury
3 Arts Entertainment
Goodman Rosen Productions
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • February 5, 1993 (1993-02-05)
Running time
83 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$8.2 million[2]
Box office$28 million[3]

The film mainly spoofs the first three Lethal Weapon films, as well as other films, including Basic Instinct, Die Hard, Dirty Harry, Rambo, The Silence of the Lambs, Wayne's World, 48 Hrs. and TV series such as CHiPs.


In Los Angeles, Billie York is murdered by a man known as Mr Jigsaw due to her possessing a microfilm that can turn cocaine into cookies. Her former partner, Wes Luger, who is about to retire, is assigned the case by the Reluctant Captain Doyle, who dismisses it as a suicide but gives Luger the case. The catch is that Luger will have to be partnered with Jack Colt, a burned out cop who recently lost his dog, Claire. The two visit Hannibal Lecter, who tells them that Colt's former Captain, Mortars, is heading the operation. Meanwhile, Jigsaw and Mortars visit Mike Mccraken, whom Jigsaw murders after he lack info about the microfilm.

After Finding the body, Colt and Luger go to Rick Becker, who claims that he laundered money with York ( the money actually being in the laundry machine), but Rick is shot multiple times by unknown assailants, forcing Colt and Luger to go to the Wilderness Girls factory. The head, Destiny Demeanor, claims no knowledge of the operation during trial, but is actually working for Mortars and his gang. Destiny and Colt have sex together, while Mortars sends a helicopter to destroy Colt's house (a trailer that is actually a mansion in the inside), but they accidentally destroy John McClane's house.

Due to Lack of Evidence, Doyle dismisses the case, but Colt still decides to stop the operation, much to the dismay of Luger (who follows by the book after, as a child, he took an unscheduled break from his crossing guard duties, which led to an old lady being run over by a car and killed). Colt breaks in and Destiny, now having fallen in love with Colt, attempts to stop Mortars, but Mortars shows that he was the one who kidnapped Claire, and shows him Rick and Claire chained to a wall (Rick actually having survived the incident). Mortars shoots Destiny, who clings to life long enough to confess her feelings for him. Colt manages to catch up with Mortars, but then Luger shows up, having considered what Colt said to him earlier. He shoots and kills Mortars, and Colt kills Jigsaw, but starts a fire that destroys the whole factory. Doyle shows up, and asks Luger to stay in the force. Luger agrees, but as long as Colt is his partner. In the end, Destiny, having survived, shows up with Rick and Claire, and the team dances to "Bohemian Rhapsody".




Box office

Loaded Weapon 1 opened No. 1 at the box office and grossed almost $28 million domestically in total.[6][7][3]

Critical reception

The film received a negative reception.[8][9][10] Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times said the film's main failure was that the Lethal Weapon movies already contained sly spoofs of the police film genre: "The send-up doesn't feel much different than the real thing."[11] Loaded Weapon 1 earned 18% positive reviews on the film-critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 28 reviews.[12]


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  6. Fox, David J. (February 9, 1993). "Weekend Box Office Here Come the First Hits of 1993". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 25, 2010.
  7. Kleid, Beth (February 15, 1993). "Movies". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 25, 2010.
  8. Terry, Clifford (February 5, 1993). "`Loaded Weapon' Takes Its Shots But Then Misfires". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
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  10. Cohn, Lawrence (December 31, 1992). "Loaded Weapon". Variety. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  11. Ebert, Roger. "Loaded Weapon". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  12. Loaded Weapon 1 at Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved August 3, 2015
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