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John McClane is now almost a full-blown alcoholic and is suspended from the NYPD. But when a bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller Department Store the police go insane trying to figure out what's going on. Soon, a man named Simon calls and asks for McClane. Simon tells Inspector Walter Cobb that McClane is going to play a game called "Simon Says". He says that McClane is going to do the tasks he assigns him. If not, he'll blow off another bomb. With the help of a Harlem electrician, John McClane must race all over New York trying to figure out the frustrating puzzles that the crafty terrorist gives him. But when a bomb goes off in a subway station right by the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) things start to get heated up. Written by
Some of the violent and bloody scenes from the film had to be cut down for R rating after John McTiernan's original cut got NC-17 rating. For example, cuts were made on some of the death scenes and fight scene between McClane and Targo was heavily cut. If you look closely during the scene where McClane beats Targo with chain, one moment he is hitting him with it and in next scene when Targo is on the ground he has chain around his face. The on set making of documentary shows some clips of deleted and alternate scenes, including one which shows uncut death of the guy that McClane shoots on the boat. See more »
In the van, Bill Jarvis mispronounces "Mathias" with the English "th" consonant cluster (as in the word "with"). In German, the "t" and "h" are pronounced separately, so the name should be pronounced like the English words "Mat high us" but all run together. See more »
[running steadily to get to the park]
So what's up with this L.A. thing? You famous or something?
Yeah, for about five minutes.
Don't tell me. Rodney King, right?
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Someone's got a thing for John McClane. Bombs are going off around New York and if McClane doesn't do what Simon says, more things will go boom. Along for the ride with the always watchable Bruce Willis is Samuel L. Jackson, a electronics store owner who just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. These two are off all over Manhattan figuring out Simon's little riddles. Jeremy Irons is perfectly cast as the intelligent Simon. He's shrewd, charming and knows how to get a job done. Back in the director's chair is John McTiernan, overseeing the mayhem. The action sequences are bigger, louder and wilder than before. Car chases, shoot outs, and a really neat sequence involving a ship, a bridge and a truck highlight this action lovers delight. So, buckle up, turn up the sound and get ready for a hell of a ride. New York is about to go boom!
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