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Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

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John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.



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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 SARSman1793

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


On a good day he's a great cop. On a bad day he's the best there is. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hard: New York  »

Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)


$100,012,500 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John McTiernan declined to direct Batman Forever (1995) in order to make this film. See more »


Although in other scenes Inspector Cobb wears the correct NYPD badge for his rank, when McClane and Zeus are rescued after the ship explodes near the film's conclusion, he is wearing a lower ranking Lieutenant's badge. See more »


[after dropping McClane off in Harlem with a sign that says "I hate niggers"]
Inspector Cobb: We'll be back to pick you up in fifteen minutes.
John McClane: Take your time. I expect to be dead in four.
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Referenced in 15 Minutes (2001) See more »


Got It Going On
Written by Ted Silbert and RIC-HARD
Performed by Ted Silbert and RIC-HARD
Silbert Music (ASCAP) and Hic Town Underground (ASCAP)
Produced by Eric Harryman & Ted Silbert
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User Reviews

John McClane is back and NYC is blowing up!
9 July 2000 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

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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