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Die Hard 2 (1990)

 -  Action | Thriller  -  4 July 1990 (USA)
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John McClane, officer of the N.Y.P.D. and hero of the Nakatomi Hostage Crisis, 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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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$117,541,000 (USA)
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Minnesota was originally picked for location filming, but there was no snow, so filming was moved to Michigan. See more »

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The handheld radios used by the terrorists are on the 440MHz amateur band, yet the base radio used by the army in the tower to attempt to decode the terrorist's transmissions is clearly showing a 144MHz frequency on the screen. See more »

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[a TV broadcast on the extradition is shown in Stuart's hotel room]
Newscaster: Security was tight today at Escalon Airport in the Republic of Val Verde, where government authorities report that deposed general Ramon Esperanza will be delivered for immediate extradition to the United States. Only two years ago, General Esperanza led his country's army in a campaign against Communist insurgents - a campaign fought with American money and advisors. Esperanza's fall from power caused ripples not only in his ...
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OLD CAPE COD
Written by Claire Rothrock, Milt Yakus and Allan Jeffrey
Performed by Patti Page
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects
a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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A Total Thrill Ride
10 March 2007 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

Bruce Willis takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin', nearly outdoing himself in one of the great actioneers of our time. DIE HARD 2 has everything a true action fan could ever want: explosions, chases, plot twists, suspense, drama and all that other good stuff.

Just two years after his last near-death adventure, John McClane (what a great action hero name) battles bad guys who take over an airport's communication system around the holidays. Unless their demands are met, they will unceremoniously plummet planes to the ground one by one -- including one on which Mrs. McClane (Bonnie Bedelia) is a passenger. Of course Johnny, he of wise-cracking ways, is the only one who can save the day.

Like its predecessor, set almost entirely in a skyscraper, DIE HARD 2 makes the most out of its setting. McClane is as multi-purpose as can be, chasing mercenaries through luggage conveyors, grasping onto aircraft wings, running out onto the runway and, in a truly awesome scene, ejecting from a plane a split second before it bursts into flames. Throw in a snowmobile chase, the standard trip through the air ducts and a legitimate, interesting motivation for the crooks and you have a total thrill ride guaranteed to recharge your batteries.

Efforts like DIE HARD 2 won't win any major awards, but they'll do what films are supposed to do: thrust us into another world and entertain us. This is truly Willis and director Renny Harlin at their best.


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