Loaded Weapon 1

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (also known simply as Loaded Weapon 1) is a 1993 American parody film directed and co-written by Gene Quintano,[4] and starring Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson, Kathy Ireland, Frank McRae, Tim Curry and William Shatner. The film mainly spoofs the first three Lethal Weapon films, as well as several others including Basic Instinct, Die Hard, Dirty Harry, Rambo, The Silence of the Lambs, Wayne's World, 48 Hrs. and TV series such as CHiPs. Loaded Weapon 1 was released on February 5, 1993.

Loaded Weapon 1
Loaded Weapon 1 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGene Quintano
Screenplay by
  • Don Holley
  • Gene Quintano
Story by
  • Don Holley
  • Tori Tellem
Produced by
CinematographyPeter Deming
Edited byChristopher Greenbury
Music byRobert Folk
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$51 million[3]


In Los Angeles, Billie York is murdered by a man known as Mr Jigsaw because she possesses 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 Harold Leacher, who tells them that Colt's former general in the Vietnam War, Mortars, is heading the operation. Meanwhile, Jigsaw and Mortars visit Mike McCraken, whom Jigsaw murders for losing 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 the trial, but she is revealed to be working for Mortars and his gang. Colt meets Luger's family, but he runs away when they try to seduce him. Destiny and Colt hang out at Colt's house, while Mortars sends a helicopter to destroy Colt's house (a trailer that is actually a mansion 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. Luger is a by-the-book cop, after he took an unscheduled break from his crossing guard duties (as a child), 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 officeEdit

Loaded Weapon 1 opened at number 1 at the US box office and grossed almost $28 million in the United States and Canada in total.[6][7][8] Internationally, it grossed $23.2 million for a worldwide total of $51.2 million.[3] The movie, along with Excessive Force and Three of Hearts, was cited for its contribution to New Line's record pre sales in 1992 totaling $91.2 million.[9]

Critical receptionEdit

The film received mainly negative reviews. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a C, comparing it negatively to the Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker films, while also noting that "the Lethal Weapon films, with their hyperbolic explosiveness, lurid repartee, and quasi-loco Mel Gibson hero, are already winking at the audience. (Last year's spoofy, ragtag Lethal Weapon 3 practically turned its own slovenliness into a running gag.) The only way to make light of them is to exaggerate the cartoon funkiness that's already at the center of their appeal. It's no wonder this Weapon ends up shooting blanks."[10] Lawrence Cohn of Variety opened his review by saying that the film is "more an imitation than a parody [and is a] would-be comedy [that] is very short on laughs"[11] 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".[12]

Clifford Terry had a more mixed review of the film; in the Chicago Tribune he remarked that "the salt-and-pepper protagonists are no-nonsense, rapid-firing cops down to their very names: Colt and Luger. Obviously, National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon I is designed as a sendup of the Lethal Weapon movies, but the benchmarks are really Police Academy and The Naked Gun. Once again, criminal activity is the game but sophomoric silliness and tastelessness call the shots."[13]

Loaded Weapon 1 has an 18% score on the film-critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 35 reviews with the consensus: "Loaded Weapon 1 hits all the routine targets with soft squibs, yielding a tired parody that cycles through its laundry list of references with little comedic verve".[14]


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  2. ^ "Loaded Weapon 1". February 5, 1993 – via www.imdb.com.
  3. ^ a b Klady, Leonard (January 3, 1994). "Int'l top 100 earn $8 bil". Variety. p. 1.
  4. ^ "Loaded Weapon 1". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  5. ^ Canby, Vincent (February 5, 1993). "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993): Review/Film; Whatever Is Loaded, Laugh at It". The New York Times. Retrieved March 8, 2016. Whoopi Goldberg makes an unbilled appearance as Mr. Estevez's former partner, her life snuffed out too early...
  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. ^ "Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  9. ^ Buoyed by pre-sales of such upcoming films as their “National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1,””Excessive Force” and “Three of Hearts,” New Line Intl. will finish out 1992 with firm sales of $ 91.2 million.
  10. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (February 12, 1993). "Loaded Weapon". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  11. ^ Cohn, Lawrence (December 31, 1992). "Loaded Weapon". Variety. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  12. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Loaded Weapon". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  13. ^ Terry, Clifford (February 5, 1993). "'Loaded Weapon' Takes Its Shots But Then Misfires". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  14. ^ Loaded Weapon 1 at Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved August 3, 2015

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