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Die Hard 2 (1990)

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John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

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Renny Harlin

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Walter Wager (novel), Steven E. de Souza (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... John McClane
Bonnie Bedelia ... Holly McClane
William Atherton ... Thornberg
Reginald VelJohnson ... Al Powell
Franco Nero ... Esperanza
William Sadler ... Stuart
John Amos ... Grant
Dennis Franz ... Carmine Lorenzo
Art Evans ... Barnes
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Trudeau
Tom Bower ... Marvin
Sheila McCarthy ... Samantha Coleman
Don Harvey ... Garber
Tony Ganios ... Baker
Peter Nelson Peter Nelson ... Thompson
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

John McClane is back in the wrong place at the wrong time! See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

58 Minutes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,744,661, 8 July 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$117,540,947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$240,031,094
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The music heard in the film's theatrical trailer is "Ode to Joy" from Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which is heard throughout the first Die Hard (1988) film in Michael Kamen's score. See more »

Goofs

When he main character ignites the trail of fuel, it would have been impossible for the fire to catch up to the plane which is going at full throttle down the runway. See more »

Quotes

John McClane: Holly!... There's your fricken landing-light!
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Alternate Versions

The shootout between the airport SWAT team and the terrorists was severely edited before the film received an "R" rating. Among the scenes trimmed down is the scene where O'Reilly ( ) shoots the first SWAT officer in the head with a Glock 17. When the officer is shot in the head in the "R" rated version, it is shown from a distance. In the work print shown to exhibitors in the summer of 1990, the man is shot in the forehead but is shown in a graphic closeup. A lot of the bloodier shots were also trimmed down in this section as were a couple of extended scenes of the people on the plane that Colonel Stuart crashes. See more »

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FINLANDIA
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It's No Die Hard 1...
18 December 1998 | by GislefSee all my reviews

...but other than that, there's very little going against the second in the series. It helps (but not enough) that the character realizes he's basically in a sequel. There are some minor variations in the formula, but basically the movie relies on the Bruce Willis' charisma and humor, and elaborate action sequences. William Sadler is okay, but no Alan Rickman (or Jeremy Irons in #3). It's still enjoyable, though.


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