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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  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)


$117,541,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Minnesota was originally picked for location filming, but there was no snow, so filming was moved to Michigan. See more »


While it is not certain, it is very highly likely that in 1990, the Windsor plane Col. Stuart crashed into the runway would be equipped with a Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS). If the plane was too close to the ground, the system would loudly sound off "woop, woop. Pull up, pull up." This would serve to notify the crew that there was imminent danger. See more »


[a van pulls up in front of the church. Baker and Thompson climb out, wearing maintenance workers' uniforms]
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Newcaster on TV: This is Aimee Nicole reporting live from Escalon Airport, where deposed general Ramon Esperanza has just arrived under heavy guard. Strangely, the deposed dictator's mood seems jubilant.
[Baker knocks on the door]
Newcaster on TV: He is smiling and waving to the ...
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(Played on a music box)
Written by Ken Darby (as Vera Matson) and Elvis Presley
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You can't get too much of a good thing
5 March 2001 | by (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

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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