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Die Hard 2 (1990)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  4 July 1990 (USA)
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John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military officials seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.



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After the terrifying events in LA, John McClane (Willis) is about to go through it all again. A team of terrorists, led by Col. Stuart (Sadler) is holding the entire airport hostage. The terrorists are planning to rescue a drug lord from justice. In order to do so, they have seized control of all electrical equipment affecting all planes. With no runway lights available, all aircraft have to remain in the air, with fuel running low, McClane will need to be fast. Written by Film_Fan

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Release Date:

4 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hard 2: Die Harder  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)


$117,541,000 (USA)

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Esperanza speaks in Spanish to his team throughout the film. However, it is very clear that he isn't a native speaker. He's got quite a strong accent. See more »


As you look in the L-1011 of Northeast (Holly's plane), there is a Boeing 747-200 panel in it, so there are four throttles in the plane, but L-1011's have only three engines. See more »


John McClane: [McClane is forced to crawl through yet another ventilation system] Just once, I'd like a regular, normal Christmas. Eggnog, a fuckin' Christmas tree, a little turkey. But, no. I gotta crawl around in this motherfuckin' tin can.
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It's No Die Hard 1...
18 December 1998 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

...but other than that, there's very little going against the second in the series. It helps (but not enough) that the character realizes he's basically in a sequel. There are some minor variations in the formula, but basically the movie relies on the Bruce Willis' charisma and humor, and elaborate action sequences. William Sadler is okay, but no Alan Rickman (or Jeremy Irons in #3). It's still enjoyable, though.

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