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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
Loaded Weapon 1 poster.jpg
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, Detective Billie York is murdered by a man dressed as a Wilderness Girls because she possesses a microfilm with the recipe to turn cocaine into cookies. Her former partner, Wes Luger, takes the case in an attempt to avenge her death. As part of the terms for letting Luger take the case, psychotic burned-out narcotics agent Jack Colt is assigned to the case with Luger. Under the advice of their captain, they meet Dr. Harold Leacher, 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 pair find themselves up against a complicated plot involving corrupt cops, federal agents, politicians and beauty queens. Not knowing who to trust, it's time for the pair to do what they do best - and that involves guns, explosions, and lots and lots of destruction.




Box officeEdit

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

Critical receptionEdit

The film received a negative reception.[8][9][10][11] Loaded Weapon 1 earned 18% positive reviews on the film-critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 28 reviews.[12]


  1. ^ "NATIONAL LAMPOON'S LOADED WEAPON 1 (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. February 23, 1993. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "Loaded Weapon 1". February 5, 1993 – via
  3. ^ a b "Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  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. ^ Terry, Clifford (February 5, 1993). "`Loaded Weapon' Takes Its Shots But Then Misfires". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  9. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (February 12, 1993). "Loaded Weapon". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  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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