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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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Release Date:

4 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hard 2: Die Harder  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)


$117,541,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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After the film's initial release in theaters it played on TBS Superstation, which was heavily dubbed for content by voice actors. These dubs were noted for sounding nothing like the actors who played their respective roles. Most noteworthy, McClane's famous line "Yipee-ki-yay motherfucker" was dubbed into "Yipee-ki-yay Mr. Falcon." There's no character in the film named Mr. Falcon. Esperanza's codename is Falcon. See more »


When Thornburg shuts himself in the bathroom in order to phone the studio, the overhead shot clearly shows that the toilet is fake; lined with silver foil, rather than an actual metal fitment you'd expect to find in a plane. See more »


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die..much harder
27 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First reason why this is better than the original.. SNOW.. and lot's of it,, the story is set in Christmas time, so you got to have snow,, love the idea of the bad guys taking over a whole entire airport,, now that is neat, i've been to Dulles more times than i care to remember,, though i don't remember the Annex Skywalk.. so this movie just rocks on all levels,, the bad guys,, and there are lot's of em,, are pretty sneaky, and clever in this one,, Bonnie Bedalia returns as Bruce Ex-wife, but as usual don't have to much to do in here, i loved the fact that Dennis Franz was in this movie,, he is such an underrated actor,, he is so funny, and i love every minute that i see him on the big screen. Bruce has lots of funny moments in this one, he has to be sort of like McGyver in this one,, trying to come up with different ways to outwit the street smart terrorists, and o yeah there is a twist in this movie,, but i can't ruin it ,, in good conscience.

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