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John McClane, officer of the N.Y.P.D. and hero of the Nakatomi Hostage Crisis, attempts to avert disaster as rogue military officials seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bruce Willis ... Lt. John McClane

Bonnie Bedelia ... Holly McClane

William Atherton ... Richard Thornburg

Reginald VelJohnson ... Sgt. Al Powell

Franco Nero ... Gen. Ramon Esperanza

William Sadler ... Col. Stuart

John Amos ... Maj. Grant

Dennis Franz ... Capt. Carmine Lorenzo

Art Evans ... Leslie Barnes

Fred Dalton Thompson ... Trudeau

Tom Bower ... Marvin

Sheila McCarthy ... Samantha 'Sam' Coleman

Don Harvey ... Garber

Tony Ganios ... Baker
Peter Nelson ... Thompson

Robert Patrick ... O'Reilly
Mick Cunningham ... Sheldon (as Michael Cunningham)

John Leguizamo ... Burke

Tom Verica ... Kahn

John Costelloe ... Sgt. Oswald Cochrane

Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Miller (as Vondi Curtis Hall)

Mark Boone Junior ... Shockley
Ken Baldwin ... Mulkey
Danny Weselis ... Blue Light Team
Jeff Langton ... Blue Light Team
Gregg Kovan ... Blue Light Team
Danial Donai ... Blue Light Team

Don Charles McGovern ... Lt.Sherman / Blue light Team (as Don McGovern)
Bob 'Rocky' Cheli ... Blue Light Team
Vincent Mazella Jr. ... Blue Light Team (as Vincent Joseph Mazzella Jr.)
Dale Jacoby ... Blue Light Team

Patrick O'Neal ... Cpl. Telford (as Pat O'Neal)
Ben Lemon ... Sergeant
Jason Ross-Azikiwe ... Second Sergeant
Anthony Droz ... Soldier

Michael Francis Clarke ... Pilot (Northeast Plane)
Steve Pershing ... Co-Pilot (Northeast Plane)

Tom Everett ... Navigator (Northeast Plane)
Sherry Bilsing ... Stewardess - Northeast Plane
Karla Tamburrelli ... Stewardess (Northeast Plane)
Jeanne Bates ... Older Woman (Northeast Plane)

Colm Meaney ... Pilot (Windsor Plane)
Stephen Gregory Foster ... Co-Pilot (Windsor Plane) (as Steffen Gregory Foster)

James Lancaster ... Navigator (Windsor Plane)
Amanda Hillwood ... Stewardess (Windsor Plane)
Felicity Waterman ... Stewardess (Windsor Plane)
Alan Berger ... Passenger (Windsor Plane)

Vance Valencia ... Pilot (Foreign Military Plane)
Gilbert Garcia ... Co-Pilot (Foreign Military Plane)
Julian Reyes ... Young Corporal (Foreign Military Plane)
Richard Domeier ... Cameraman (WWTW)
David Katz ... Soundman (WWTW)

Robert Lipton ... Chopper Pilot (WWTW)

Rob Steinberg ... Victor (WZDC) (as Robert Steinberg)
Paul Abascal ... Director (WZDC)
John Rubinow ... Producer (WZDC)
Bob Braun ... Newscaster (WZDC)

Dominique Jennings ... Newscaster (WZDC)
Carol Barbee ... Newscaster (WZDC)
Jerry E. Parrott ... Engineer
Martin Lowery ... Engineer
Robert Sacchi ... Engineer
Dick McGarvin ... Engineer
Edward Gero ... Engineer
Stafford Morgan ... Engineer
Robert J. Bennett ... Engineer
Nick Angotti ... Engineer

Jim Hudson ... Engineer

Tom Finnegan ... Engineer

Thomas Tofel ... Engineer
Earl Houston Bullock ... Engineer (as Earl Bullock)
Wynn Irwin ... Engineer
Rande Scott ... Engineer
Ken Smolka ... Engineer

Robert Costanzo ... Sgt. Vito Lorenzo

Lauren Letherer ... Rent-A-Car Girl
Connie Lillo-Thieman ... Information Booth Girl
Ed DeFusco ... Morgue Worker
Charles Lanyer ... Rollins
Bill Smillie ... Custodian
Dwayne Hargray ... Luggage Worker
John Cade ... Lobby Cop
Paul Bollen ... Airport Cop

Joseph Michael Roth ... Airport Cop (as Joseph Roth)
David Willis Sr. ... Murray the Tow Truck Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Fisher ... Painter (scenes deleted)
Dean Wein ... Painter (scenes deleted)
Dru Berrymore ... Capt. Lorenzo's Secretary (uncredited)
Robert M. Bouffard ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Michael Luggio ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Russell McConnell ... Airport Engineer (uncredited)
Dana Vargas ... Passenger (uncredited)
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Directed by
Renny Harlin 
Writing credits
Walter Wager (novel "58 Minutes")

Steven E. de Souza (screenplay) and
Doug Richardson (screenplay)

Produced by
Charles Gordon .... producer
Lawrence Gordon .... producer
James Herbert .... line producer
Lloyd Levin .... executive producer
Michael Levy .... executive producer
Steve Perry .... co-producer
Joel Silver .... producer
Suzanne Todd .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
Oliver Wood 
Film Editing by
Stuart Baird 
Robert A. Ferretti 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
Production Design by
John Vallone 
Art Direction by
Christiaan Wagener 
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould 
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance  (as Marilyn Vance-Straker)
Makeup Department
Paul Abascal .... hair styles supervisor
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... special makeup effects
Scott H. Eddo .... makeup supervisor
Jim Kail .... makeup artist (as James R. Kail)
Josée Normand .... hair stylist: Mr. Willis
Production Management
James Herbert .... production manager
James Herbert .... unit production manager: second unit (as Jim Herbert)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Todd Grodnick .... second second assistant director
Michael Alan Kahn .... first assistant director: second unit
Michael Alan Kahn .... second assistant director
Terry Miller .... first assistant director
Charlie Picerni .... second unit director (as Charles Picerni)
Art Department
Carol Bentley .... set designer
Bruce Crone .... assistant art director
Joseph C. Fama .... construction coordinator
Oscar Flores .... assistant props
Jaymes Hinkle .... graphic artist (as Jimmy Jay Hinkle)
John Hinkle .... stand-by painter (as John D. Hinlle)
Roger L. King .... property maker
Leslie Klinger .... art coordinator
Etta Leff .... set dressing buyer
Paul McKenzie .... set designer
Nick Navarro .... set designer
F. Tropea Nifong .... assistant props
Eric Orbom .... set designer
Michael Papac .... property master (as Mike Papac)
Gayle Simon .... assistant art director
Sally Thornton .... set designer
Edmund Villa .... assistant property master
Catherine Wilshire .... set dresser
John Eaves .... model shop supervisor (uncredited)
Andrea Mae Fenton .... buyer (uncredited)
Eric Ramirez .... set dresser (uncredited)
David Winick .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... sound editor
Petra Bach .... adr editor
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Todd Bassman .... boom operator
Brad Brock .... adr mixer
Catherine Calleson .... assistant adr editor
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Kurt Carpenter .... adr recordist
William C. Carruth .... supervising adr editor (as William Carruth)
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Connelly .... machine operator
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor (as Virginia Cook McGowen)
Tim Cooney .... sound mixer
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
Michael Georgiades .... cable person
Tim Gomillion .... sound assistant
Douglas Greenfield .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Doug Greenfield)
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Shelley Rae Hinton .... adr editor
Denise Horta .... adr editor
David M. Horton .... sound editor
Michael Jiron .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Lacey .... sound editor
Darrin Martin .... assistant sound editor (as Darrin Val Martin)
John Morrisey .... assistant sound editor
Joe Mosca .... assistant sound editor (as Joseph Mosca)
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Walter Newman .... sound editor
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer
Richard Overton .... sound re-recording mixer
Jayme S. Parker .... sound editor (as Jayne Parker)
Robert Renga .... sound recordist
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist (as John B. Roesch)
Gary D. Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Rogers)
Edward L. Sandlin .... foley editor (as Edward Sandlin)
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley editor (as Solange Schwalbe Bouisseau)
B. Tennyson Sebastian III .... sound re-recording mixer
James Simcik .... supervising adr editor
Ronald Sinclair .... adr editor
Ken Stone .... sound engineer
Carolyn Tapp .... sound recordist
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor
Butch Wolf .... foley editor
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jan Aaris .... special effects
Chris Adams .... special effects
William Aldridge .... special effects
Damon Allison .... special effects
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects (as Gary Douglas Bierend)
James Camomile .... special effects
Timothy 'T.C.' Capps .... special effects
Larry DeUnger .... special effects (as Larry J. DeUnger)
Al Di Sarro .... special effects coordinator (as Al DiSarro)
Mark DiSarro .... special effects
Scott Forbes .... special effects technician
Patrick R. Gordon .... special effects
James J. Guarrera .... special effects (as Jim Guarrera)
Cy Guerrier .... special effects
Steven Kissick .... special effects
Richard Lea .... special effects (as Richard M. Lea)
Michael Meinardus .... special effects
Mike Nichols .... special effects
Michael Pedretti .... special effects
Samuel E. Price .... special effects (as Sam Price)
Joe D. Ramsey .... special effects (as Joe Ramsey)
Bruce Robles .... special effects (as John Bruce Robles)
Mike Sasgen .... special effects
Andrew Sebok .... special effects
Paul Stewart .... special effects
Rick Thompson .... special effects
Scott Thompson .... special effects (as Scott M. Thompson)
Michael A. Tice .... special effects
Hans Van Wyk .... special effects
Karin Hanson .... special effects hair (uncredited)
Michael Meier .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Donald Myers .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Frank W. Tarantino .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Charles Bailey .... supervising model maker: ILM (as Charlie Bailey)
Anna Becker .... production coordinator: ILM
Edgar Burcksen .... visual effects editor: ILM
Steve Collins .... transportation captain: ILM
F.X. Crowley .... effects best boy: ILM
Les Dittert .... computer graphics: ILM
Dick Dova .... key grip: ILM
Selwyn Eddy .... visual effects camera operator: ILM (as Selwyn Eddy III)
Chrissie England .... visual effects producer: ILM
Bob Finley III .... gaffer: ILM
Jon Foreman .... model maker: ILM
John Gazdik .... visual effects camera assistant: ILM
Brian Gernand .... model maker: ILM
John Goodson .... model maker: ILM
Mark Gutterud .... visual effects camera assistant: ILM
Joanne Hafner .... rotoscope artist: ILM
David Heron .... effects rigger: ILM (as Dave Heron)
Edward Hirsh .... associate effects producer: ILM (as Edward Hirsch)
Larry Hunter .... effects best boy: ILM
Paul Huston .... visual effects art director: ILM
Nancy Jencks .... assistant editor: ILM
Keith Johnson .... optical camera operator: ILM
Ed Jones .... executive in charge of post-production: ILM (as Ed L. Jones)
David Karpman .... optical line-up: ILM (as Dave Karpman)
Sandra Ford Karpman .... computer graphics: ILM (as Sandra R. Ford)
Ira Keeler .... model maker: ILM
Jennifer Knoll .... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Jennifer Lee .... optical line up
Kim Marks .... visual effects director of photography: ILM
Michael J. McAlister .... visual effects supervisor: ILM (as Micheal J. McAlister)
John McLeod .... special effects coordinator: ILM
Thomas Mertz .... effects best boy: ILM (as Tom Mertz)
Terry Molatore .... rotoscope artist: ILM
Amy Moore .... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Jim Morris .... executive in charge of production: ILM
Patrick T. Myers .... visual effects camera operator: ILM
Jeffrey A. Okun .... visual effects coordinator (as Jeffrey Okun)
Michael Olague .... effects best boy: ILM
Jeff Olson .... supervising model maker: ILM
Stuart Robertson .... optical photography supervisor: ILM
Scott Ross .... general manager: ILM
Thomas Rosseter .... optical line-up: ILM (as Tom Rosseter)
Thomas J. Smith .... optical camera operator: ILM (as Tom Smith)
Tony Sommers .... model maker: ILM
Pat Sweeney .... visual effects camera operator: ILM
Yusef Useugi .... matte artist: ILM
I.J. Van Perre .... effects best boy: ILM
Bruce Walters .... matte camera supervisor: ILM
John Whisnant .... optical processing: ILM
Nelson Broskey .... model maker: Apogee (uncredited)
Susan Adele Colletta .... post production coordinator: ILM (uncredited)
Tony Hudson .... modeler: ILM (uncredited)
Greg Maloney .... optical lineup: ILM (uncredited)
Tom Martinek .... model maker: Apogee (uncredited)
Mark Moore .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Stephen Rosenbaum .... computer graphics artist (uncredited)
Pete Antico .... stunts (as Peter Antico)
Kenny Bates .... stunts
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts (as Christine Baur)
P. Randall Bowers .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Nick Brett .... stunts
Troy Brown .... stunts
Eric Bryson .... stunts (as Eric C. Bryson)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as William Burton Jr.)
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts
Monty Cox .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Tim A. Davison .... stunts
Justin De Rosa .... stunts
Leon Delaney .... stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunts (as Eddie Donno)
Cheryl Wheeler Duncan .... stunts (as Cheryl Wheeler-Dixon)
Sparky Edmonston .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Gary Epper .... stunts (as Gary Eppers)
Donna Evans .... stunts
Jeff Evans .... stunts
David M. Graves .... stunts
Randy Hall .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts
Marguerite Happy .... stunts
Frank T. Hines .... stunts
Keii Johnston .... stunt double: Mr. Willis
Keii Johnston .... stunts
Laura Lee Kasten .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Jack Lietzke .... stunts
Frank Lloyd .... stunts
Billy D. Lucas .... stunts
Gary Maas .... stunts (as Gary L. Maas)
Mike Marasco .... stunts (as Michael V. Marasco)
Zoe Mauries .... stunts
Dwayne McGee .... stunts
Bennie Moore .... stunts
Bob Orrison .... stunts
Victor Paul .... stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts
Paul V. Picerni Jr. .... stunts (as Paul Picerni)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt coordinator (as Charles Picerni)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (as Charles Picerni)
Steve Picerni .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Debby Shively .... stunts (as Debbie Shively)
Tierre Turner .... stunts
Louis Viscolosi .... stunts
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Monty Jordan .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James O. Blair .... chief lighting technician (as Jim Blair)
John T. Connor .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as John T. Connor Jr.)
James B. Crawford .... best boy (as James Crawford)
Michael Gershman .... camera operator: "c" camera
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip
Brian Holechek .... best boy grip (as Brian Joe Holechek)
Frank M. Holgate .... director of photography: second unit (as Frank Holgate)
David Katz .... video playback operator
Ron Kunecke .... lighting: musco light
Moshe Levin .... camera operator: "a" camera, second unit
Gregory Lundsgaard .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
Bob Munoz .... key grip
Ken Nishino .... first assistant camera (as Kenneth Kenny Nishino)
Brad Peterman .... second assistant camera: "c" camera
Bradford Ralston .... video assist operator (as Bradford S. Ralston)
Rod Robertson .... lighting technician
Bill Roe .... camera operator
Dennis Seawright .... second assistant camera
John R. Shannon .... still photographer
Roger Spurgeon .... lighting technician: musco light
Stephen St. John .... camera operator: "b" camera panaglide
Mike Thomas .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Frank Tobin .... rigging gaffer
Michael T. Travers .... best boy grip
Matthew E. Alper .... first assistant camera: "c" camera (uncredited)
Gary Baum .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Marsha Blackburn .... additional still photographer (uncredited)
Richard Brooks Burton .... hi-speed camera operator (uncredited)
Jason Hicks .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Randy Jonsson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Randall Robinson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Michael Santoro .... grip (uncredited)
Michael Santoro .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
John Wendling .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ferne Cassel .... casting associate
Jim Green .... extras casting
Carl Joy .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jacqueline G. Arthur .... assistant to costume designer (as Jacki Arthur)
Barry Francis Delaney .... costume supervisor: men (as Barry Delaney)
Jaime Herrera .... tailor
Charles Mercuri .... key costumer: Mr. Willis
Frank Perry Rose .... costumer
Barbara Siebert .... costume supervisor: women (as Barbara Siebert Bolticoff)
Victoria Snow .... costumer
Michael Voght .... costumer
Philip Maldonado .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Wade Bartlett .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
David Mann .... assistant editor
William J. Meshover .... assistant editor (as Bill Meshover)
Kevin Stitt .... first assistant editor
Paul M. Wagner .... assistant editor (as Paul Wagner)
David Orr .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Chris Boardman .... orchestrator
Christopher Brooks .... supervising music editor (as Christopher S. Brooks)
Terry Brown .... scoring crew
Don Davis .... orchestrator
Chuck Garsha .... scoring crew
J.J. George .... assistant music editor (as James J. George)
Philip Giffin .... orchestrator (as Phil Giffen)
Ron Gorow .... orchestrator
Michael Kamen .... conductor
Michael Kamen .... orchestrator
Mark Koval .... orchestrator
Stephen McLaughlin .... music re-mixer
William Ross .... orchestrator
Armin Steiner .... score mixer
Bruce Babcock .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Bruce Babcock .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Sparky Edmonston .... driver
Alan Falco .... transportation captain
Paul Klyder .... transportation captain
Ron Kunecke .... driver
Jack Lietzke .... transportation coordinator (as 'Captain' Jack Lietzke)
Joseph William Lomax .... driver
Harald Frank Reinhard .... driver
Roger Spurgeon .... driver
Mike Wacker .... driver (as Michael K. Wacker)
Skip Wilson .... transportation captain (as Frederick 'Skip' Wilson)
John M. Woodward .... transportation captain
Dave Wright .... driver
Robert E. Dingle .... driver (uncredited)
Craig Lietzke .... driver (uncredited)
Jerry Sidwell .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Fred Lester Austin .... pilot
Carmen Baker .... adr director (as Carmen Hocson)
Marcy Bolotin .... unit publicist
P. Randall Bowers .... stand-in: Mr. Willis (as Randy Bowers)
Rick Chavez .... craft service
Lisa Cogswell .... assistant: Steve Perry
Jack Crain .... knife designer and manufacturer (as Jack W. Crain)
Patty Davis .... assistant: Renny Harlin
Jyllel Syage Dickerman .... production accountant (as Jyllel Syage)
Judi Dolan .... projectionist
Tommy Faircloth .... production assistant
Cliff Fleming .... pilot
James W. Gavin .... pilot
Peter Geiger .... production assistant
Jacqueline George .... production coordinator
Gary Goldman .... special forces advisor
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Annette Haywood-Carter .... script supervisor
Frank T. Hines .... pilot
Steve Hinton .... pilot
Rachel Jaffe .... assistant coordinator
David P.I. James .... production coordinator (as David James)
Kimberly Jase .... assistant accountant
Laura Lee Kasten .... production assistant
Kevin Kelly .... pilot
Tony Kerum .... caterer
Gregg Kovan .... production assistant
Ron Kunecke .... technician
Greg Lazzaro .... location manager
Clare Leavenworth .... assistant: Bruce Willis
Mickie McGowan .... adr voice
Christopher Mollo .... assistant: Larry Gordon
Jerry Parrott .... technical advisor
Todd Pflug .... assistant: Bruce Willis
Craig A. Pinckes .... production assistant (as Craig Pinckes)
Jim Porter .... first aid
Susana Preston .... script supervisor: second unit
Julie Pye .... assistant: Renny Harlin
Cleve Reinhard .... production accountant
Sam Shapiro .... assistant: Larry Gordon
Elizabeth Singer .... production office assistant
Roger Spurgeon .... technician
Michael Tamburro .... aerial coordinator: second unit
Michael Tamburro .... pilot
Roderick Thorp .... certain original characters (as Roderick Thorpe)
Kellett Tighe .... assistant: Larry Gordon
Jennifer Todd .... assistant: Joel Silver
Theresa Wachter .... video coordinator
Karl A. Wickman .... pilot (as Karl Wickman)
Nancy Wilding .... payroll accountant
Ray Yeater .... production office assistant
Julie Yorn .... assistant: Chuck Gordon
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot
Carlo Baccarini .... italian dubbing director (uncredited)
Brad Knopf .... production office assistant (uncredited)
Greg Richards .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Die Hard 2: Die Harder" - Philippines (English title), UK (promotional title), USA (video box title)
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124 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A | Canada:13+ (Régie du Cinéma Québec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 (cut) (video premiere) | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:18SG | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Africa:13V | South Korea:18 (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (cable rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:15 (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (uncut) (1992) | UK:15 (video rating) (1991) | UK:15 (video rating) (cut) (1990) | USA:R

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The subplot involving Esperanza being turned over to the US government is a reference to the real-life Panamanian general, Manuel Noriega, who was overthrown for brutality and drug trafficking in Panama in the 1980s.See more »
Factual errors: After taking out the two terrorists in the baggage area, McClane identifies their weapon as a "Glock 7, a porcelain gun made in Germany," and says that the pistol can pass through a metal detector and not set it off. This pistol is an Austrian-made Glock model 17. Glock pistols do have a polymer frame, but the barrel and slide are still made of steel, which is more than enough metal to set off a metal detector. Glock pistols were the first with a polymer frame to be widely marketed, and this was a common misconception at the time.See more »
Carmine Lorenzo:Hey McClane! You get this parking ticket in front of my airport?
John McClane:Yeah.
Carmine Lorenzo:[Lorenzo tears ticket up] Ah, what the hell; it's Christmas!
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64 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Dying Just Got That Little Harder!, 6 March 2001
Author: Old Joe from Hamilton, Australia

I have watched many movies where they have had a sequel which left me disappointed and uneasy, but the sequel to the smash, Die Hard, Die Hard 2 (Die Harder) was what think a sequel should be - more of what made the first film so successful. So it‘s all out war for unlucky Police Detective named McClane, in a heart-stopping, jet-propelled journey through excitement and terror.

On a snowy Christmas Eve in the nation's capital, a team of terrorist have seized a major international airport, and now holds thousands of holiday travellers hostage. The terrorists, a renegade band of crack military commandos led by murderous rogue officer, have come to rescue a drug lord from justice. They've prepared for every contingency, except one: John McClane, an off-duty cop seized by a feeling of deadly deja vu. The heroic cop not only has to battle terrorists, but also an incompetent airport police chief, the hard headed commander of the army's anti-terrorist squad and a deadly winter snowstorm. The runways are littered with death and destruction, and McClane is in a race against time. His wife is trapped on one of the planes circling somewhere overhead, desperately low on fuel!

Die Hard 2 makes Bruce Willis look better and better. The role of John McClane is one filled with the fight for right and to trying to stop the bad guys. Again a lot of the stunts would have been done by Willis considering the professionalism of the man. Running all over an airport in a fierce snowstorm, fighting scenes on the wing of a real 747 jet and trying to save lives he has no attachment to, L.A. cop John McClane puts his body on the line, so justice is served and so did the actor Bruce Willis in my view to bring a great action movie back for a second time. Willis is one of my favourite actors, but I have only started to watch his movies in about the last 2-3 years and what a mistake that has been.

This film has more freedom as it is held at an airport. McClane is like I have said all over the place. The freedom and space this story has makes this film much easier to watch. Another thing which is impressive about Die Hard 2 is the effort to put more thrills in the movie. The snow (which of course is man made) has a major role, so do all the planes making quite a crisis on their hands. Not only do they fight on the wing of a 747, but also fly a real helicopter on the wing of the plane also. The scene where McClane ejects himself from the exploding plane is another favourite scene of mine. Other parts of this movie which stunned me I wont tell you about as it will give too much away, but trust me they are exceptionally done.

Again the bad guys have a major role in this one. William Saddler is Colonial Stuart, a heartless leader, who only cares that a drug lord escapes and can get in on all the money making scheme. I loved his role in this. Another face that I remember in Die hard 2 who was a bad guy is Robert Patrick. I loved his role in Terminator 2. But the conflict between the good guys is extremely tense. Especially between McClane and Police Officer Lorenzo played by L.A law star Dennis Franz. It is hard to understand if this character is on the side for good or not.

Here comes another analogy on Die Hard 2, do you ever know who is on the side of good or bad? Well for at least three quarters of the film it is unsure. The storywriters need to be commended because the story left me intrigued and when you think you know what is about to happen, the circumstances change. Also having a different director, gave this sequel new prospective. Director Renny Harlin threw his hand into the ring. What a gamble? An unknown director, but to my surprise I say that it worked. His other films worth mentioning include A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 and Cliffhanger.

So overall Die Hard 2 was extremely enjoyable sequel to watch. The story, the characters and the situation are all of a great tension, which I love in a movie. So one cop who is so vulnerable and emotional ends up being the one person who you would most like to have save your life. Like Willis said in an interview Die Hard 2 - Die Harder - it's bigger, badder and louder. I will leave you with one question, the first Die Hard had approximately 20 people die, can you count for me how many perish in this film? It is quite a turn around!

Rating: 4/5 or 9/10

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