Loaded Weapon 1
|Loaded Weapon 1|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gene Quintano|
|Produced by||Suzanne Todd
|Written by||Gene Quintano
Samuel L. Jackson
|Music by||Robert Folk|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Release dates||February 5, 1993|
|Running time||84 min.|
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (also known simply as Loaded Weapon 1) is a 1993 crime-comedy film, directed by Gene Quintano and starring Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson and William Shatner. The film mainly spoofs the first three Lethal Weapon films, as well as other films that include Basic Instinct, Die Hard, Dirty Harry, Rambo, The Silence of the Lambs, Wayne's World and 48 Hrs..
There was every intention to make a sequel; Loaded Weapon 2. A deal had been set in place before the film had gone into production and a poster had even been printed with the caption, "Oh come ON, you knew it was coming!" When Loaded Weapon 1 underperformed at the box office, however, the deal was severed.
In Los Angeles, Billie York (Whoopi Goldberg, uncredited) is murdered by Mr. Jigsaw (Tim Curry dressed as a Wilderness Girl) because she possesses a microfilm with the recipe to turn cocaine into Wilderness Girls cookies and she won't hand it over to the ones that seek it. Her former partner, Wes Luger (Samuel L. Jackson), takes the case in an attempt to avenge her death. As part of the terms for letting Luger taking the case, the psychotic burned-out narcotics agent, Jack Colt (Emilio Estevez), is assigned to the case with Luger. Under the advice of their captain (Frank McRae), they meet Dr. Harold Leacher (a comical reference to Dr. Hannibal Lecter) who informs Jack that the case has something to do with General Mortars under whom Jack had worked during his days in Vietnam. Following Leacher's advice they pursue the villains, however, before the villains are apprehended, Luger must journey into his past to realize the right thing to do. In the end, the Cookie Factory is destroyed in an explosion due to a cigarette and a gasoline spill.
- Emilio Estevez - Sgt. Jack Colt
- Samuel L. Jackson - Sgt. Wes Luger
- Jon Lovitz - Rick Becker
- Tim Curry - Mr. Jigsaw
- Kathy Ireland - Miss Destiny Demeanor
- Frank McRae - Captain Doyle
- William Shatner - General Curtis Mortars
- Denis Leary - Mike McCracken
- F. Murray Abraham - Dr. Harold Leacher
- Whoopi Goldberg (uncredited) - Sgt. Billy York
- James Doohan - Scotty
- Erik Estrada - Officer Francis Poncherello
- Larry Wilcox - Officer Jon Baker
- Corey Feldman - Young cop
- Paul Gleason - FBI Agent
- Phil Hartman - Officer Davis
- Richard Moll - Prison Attendant
- J. T. Walsh - Desk Clerk
- Bruce Willis (uncredited) - John McClane
- Denise Richards - Cindy
- Allyce Beasley - Spinach Destiny
- Joyce Brothers - Medical Examiner
- Christopher Lambert (uncredited-deleted scene) - Man with car-phone
- Charlie Sheen - Gern, Parking Valet
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