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Die Hard 2 (1990)

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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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John McClane is back in the wrong place at the wrong time! See more »


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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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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (4 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


There is a war reference in each of the first three Die Hard films. This film's references include Marvin mentioning both Iwo Jima and Pearl Harbor and the Commando team reminiscing about Grenada. See more »


When John McClane enters the airport for the first time and shakes the snow off his jacket you can clearly see that it is sunny outside the doors he enters and you can even see green trees. See more »


John McClane: Hey, Carmine, let me ask you something. What sets off the metal detectors first? The lead in your ass or the shit in your brains?
[under his breath]
John McClane: Fat fuck.
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Referenced in Air Force One (1997) See more »


Music by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych and lyrics by Peter Wilhousky
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User Reviews

A strong follow-up to the original
15 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

I was expecting the worse when I saw this film, but this movie seemed to escape the curse of the cheesy sequel. Just as action packed and enthralling as the original, the wit displayed in this film saved it from being a mediocre follow-up. Bruce Willis was once again a great hero, showing how little being considered a hero means to him. A good film with a great plot twist, this is one of those action films which is just as good as the original.

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