Loaded Weapon 1

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Loaded Weapon 1
Loaded Weapon 1 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gene Quintano
Produced by Suzanne Todd
David Willis
Written by Gene Quintano
Don Holley
Tori Tellem
Starring Emilio Estevez
Samuel L. Jackson
Kathy Ireland
Frank McRae
Tim Curry
William Shatner
Music by Robert Folk
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) February 5, 1993
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8,200,000[1]
Box office $27,979,399

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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Main cast[edit]

Celebrity cameos[edit]

Reception[edit]

The movie received a mostly negative reception.[2][3][4][5] Loaded Weapon 1 currently holds a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews.

Box office[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Terry, Clifford (1993-02-05). "`Loaded Weapon' Takes Its Shots But Then Misfires". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  3. ^ "Loaded Weapon". Entertainment Weekly. 1993-02-12. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Loaded Weapon". Variety. 1992-12-31. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Loaded Weapon". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  6. ^ Fox, David J. (1993-02-09). "Weekend Box Office Here Come the First Hits of 1993". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  7. ^ Kleid, Beth (1993-02-15). "Movies". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 

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