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Die Hard 2 (1990)

John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives 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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Action | Thriller

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4 July 1990 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,744,661, 8 July 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$117,540,947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$240,031,094
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Trivia

The plane interiors were filmed on the back lot at Universal Studios in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

The hand held device used by Col Stuart to communicate with the control tower is actually a 20hz, sound-powered telephone (nomen, AN/TA-1/PT) used for many years by the US military to troubleshoot tactical telephone lines. The maximum transmission range is no more the 1 mile using only physical wires. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Grant: [Grant and his men have landed in their choppers] Major Grant. We're Blue Light.
Rollins, Department of Justice Representative: Rollins, Department of Justice.
Trudeau: Trudeau, Chief of Air Operations.
Carmine Lorenzo: Lorenzo, Terminal Police. You want something, you got it.
John McClane: This is it? One fucking platoon?
Maj. Grant: One crisis, one platoon. Who are you?
John McClane: John McClane.
Maj. Grant: McClane, you showed some balls out there, man.
John McClane: Yeah.
Maj. Grant: Now, show some good sense. Let the pros handle this.
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Soundtracks

CAROL OF THE BELLS
Music by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych and lyrics by Peter Wilhousky
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You can't get too much of a good thing

For those who argue that Die Hard 2 is a desperate re-hash of the original... So what? I didn't expect a companion piece like The Godfather Part II. Die Hard was about a really cool guy in a really bad situation, and the result was probably the greatest action movie ever made. Die Hard 2 achieves status on its own just by being about the same thing. When so many movies want to be Die Hard but fail, why not just make another Die Hard? Director Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger)realized that because it's a sequel, there had to be more stunts and explosions. So there is. Die Hard 2 (appropriately called Die Harder) ups the ante a bit and has fun with a flurry of furious action scenarios. The fight on the wing of the plane is a classic in its own right, and Die Hard 2 stands alone as one of the best of the genre.


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