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Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)

 -  Action | Crime | Thriller  -  19 May 1995 (USA)
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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

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Think fast. Look alive. Die hard. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£8,923,493 (UK) (15 September 1995)
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Trivia

Jonathan Hensleigh was actually detained by the FBI after completing the script for the film because he knew extensive information about the Federal Gold Reserve in downtown Manhattan. Hensleigh stated that he got all the information from an article written in the New York Times. See more »

Goofs

When Zeus drops McClane off to intercept the bomb on the subway, McClane stands in the stairway and a blonde woman passes behind him twice in the same direction. There is also a brunette in a red blouse who passes McClane twice - in front of the blonde woman the first time, then behind her the second time. At least one other extra, an older man with gray hair in a gray suit, appears twice as well. See more »

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[Simon and Targo have just learned that McClane killed two of their henchmen at the aqueduct]
Mathias Targo: I told you not to toy with him!
Simon: Thank you, that's very helpful.
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Summer in the City
Written by Steve Boone, Mark Sebastian, John Sebastian
Performed by The Lovin' Spoonful
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Courtesy of RCA Special Products
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Not your average action movie
10 April 2006 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

This movie gets right to the point and starts off with an explosion. I love that. A crazy guy named Simon (played very well by Jeremy Irons) blows up a store, and asks to speak to John McClane, who is on suspension. The cops grab McClane, who is by now a heavy drinker, and put him on the phone with Simon. Simon makes him walk through Harlem with a very offensive sign. Just when he is about to get beat down, he is rescued by the racist Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Zeus. It seems as though Simon wants revenge on McClane for something, but nobody knows why. Now, Zeus and McClane are at the mercy of Simon, who meanwhile is committing a massive robbery.

This movie is considerably different from the other two, which is probably a good thing. Who wants the same thing three times in a row? The plot has as many twists and turns as a snake, and the movie keeps the viewer involved. Watching Zeus and McClane bicker is amusing as well. Samuel L. Jackson pulls off the role of the "racist black man" very well. I would highly recommend this movie.


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