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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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Action | Thriller


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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Each of the first 3 'Die Hard' films has a connection and/or reference to at least 1 of the 3 countries of Northern Europe: Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Here, in the second one, the director, Renny Harlin, is from Finland, and the musical piece "Finlandia" by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is featured twice during the film. See more »


Colonel Stuart refers to Esperanza's plane, FM1, using phonetic letters (Foxtrot Michael One). The phonetic alphabet for the letter M is always "Mike", never "Michael". See more »


John McClane: Oh man, I can't fucking believe this. Another basement, another elevator. How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?
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McClane is at it again
16 February 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

this is still a good movie,although it's not as good as the first one.for one thing,it's a lot slower paced and there is less action.John McClane is once again the only person who seems to be standing in the way of terrorists carrying out there plan.this time,it just happens to an airport which is the scene.Bruce Willis is back as McClane,of course,and he actually has some more and funnier lines than in the first.William Sadler plays the main bad guy in this one,and puts in a great performance.i liked his character better than the main villain in the first movie.the biggest problem with this movie,like i mentioned,is the is a bit slow especially compared to the first one.but that makes a big difference in how enjoyable it is's just not as fun or thrilling.for me,Die Hard 2 is a 7/10

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