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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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Cast members Bruce Willis, William Sadler, and Fred Dalton Thompson all appeared in the first season of Roseanne (1988). See more »


After Grant is sucked into the jet intake, a close-up is shown of John noticing the fuel dump valve. The scene then cuts to a wide shot which clearly shows John reaching down to open the access hatch. The next shot is a closer show where John is just reaching down to the access hatch, despite having opened it in the previous shot. See more »


[Kahn comes down from the choir loft and joins Colonel Stuart and Garber]
Kahn: Sir! We just monitored a call from the chief engineer. Our people took out their SWAT team, *completely*.
Garber: You were right. They went for the antenna array. We're right on schedule.
Colonel Stuart: Losing our own team wasn't part of the plan.
[He goes over to the phone and dials; he is heard in the tower and by McClane over Barnes's phone]
Colonel Stuart: Attention, Dulles Tower. Attention, Dulles Control Tower. Mr. Trudeau, I know you're listening. ...
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Written by Peter Wilhousky
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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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