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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  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)


$117,541,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Don Harvey, the actor who plays Garber Colonel Stuart's second in command played a bar patron in the film Striking Distance (1993), also starring Bruce Willis. See more »


Early on during his extradition when Esperanza speaks to the soldier guarding him, they converse in Spanish as do the pilots, however later on when Esperanza is hijacking the plane they mysteriously converse in English. See more »


[McClane leaves the payphones, and nearly collides with Colonel Stuart]
Col. Stuart: Excuse me.
[Stuart stares coldly at McClane]
John McClane: Oh you look very familiar to me.
Col. Stuart: [hesitates] I get that a lot. I've been on TV.
John McClane: Yeah. You, too.
[They head on their separate ways, though Stuart takes a second look at McClane as he disappears into the crowd]
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Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by Vaughn Monroe
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Exciting Action Film with a Totally Unbelievable Premise
26 March 2006 | by (Washington St.) – See all my reviews

I have no problems with the action in this movie. The acting is fine and the characters are interesting. Add the plot twists and you have a watchable entertaining movie that is worth your time.

What caused me to rate this film a couple of stars lower that I would have otherwise is an idiotic part of the plot. Airliners are stacked up over Dulles and the tower can't communicate with them. Their radio engineer comes up with the idea of rigging the outer marker beacon to transmit a voice communication to all of the aircraft apprising them of the situation. Meanwhile the Army is being called by phone, TV news crews are transmitting back to their stations and ground vehicles are moving in and out of the airport. If one can communicate by phone, TV link and ground, why not just get hold of the regional traffic center to alert the airliners and divert them to other airports. Meanwhile John McClane's wife is on board one of these planes and it has 90 min of fuel on-board. Hmmm, 90 minutes at 500 mph. gives one lots of time and distance to find some kind of alternate destination. But alas, that would ruin the plot line of John trying to save his wife once more from certain death. This hole in the plot is big enough to fly an Airbus A380 through.

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