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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.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

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 Thompson ... Trudeau (as Fred Dalton Thompson)
Tom Bower ... Marvin
Sheila McCarthy ... Samantha Coleman
Don Harvey ... Garber
Tony Ganios ... Baker
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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Action | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

Major Grant's commando team is referred to as 'Blue Light'. This was the name of a real-life U.S. military anti-terrorist team formed within the U.S. Army Rangers in the 1970s. It was eventually replaced by the Delta Force who recruited personnel from the entire army, rather than just Green Berets. See more »

Goofs

Samantha Coleman is listed as Samantha Copeland in the credits. See more »

Quotes

John McClane: All right, just stay here and get ready to call the marines.
Chief Engineer Leslie Barnes: I thought they were the army.
John McClane: Who gives a fuck, just be ready.
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Crazy Credits

The top four billed actors all reprized their role from Die Hard (1988). Despite Reginald VelJohnson only appearing in one scene. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Sweden, the film had 95 seconds cut when released on cinema. The scenes removed are the shootout at the sky walk, close combat fire encounters, and the scene where John McClane is locked into the cockpit and the terrorists shoot at the plane. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

OLD CAPE COD
Written by Claire Rothrock, Milt Yakus and Allan Jeffrey
Performed by Patti Page
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects
a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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Tries Hard...
28 June 2007 | by fmarkland32See all my reviews

Bruce Willis returns as John McClane who this time faces off against mercenaries who have taken over an airport and are threatening to have all the plane crashes, McClane's wife Holly(Bonnie Bedelia) is on one such plane and so it's McClane back in action as he ponders how the same thing can happen to the same guy twice. Die Hard 2 to tell you the truth was a mixed bag. On one hand it had lots of action and a brutal edge to the action but also lacks the suspense of the first. In either case though Die Hard 2 is not bad as sequels go. Indeed even though it's directed by Renny Harlin, Die Hard 2 works in-spite of itself. The only flaw is that the movie is feels too much like a carbon copy of the first film only with a bigger is better approach to the stunts. That being said this is a minor flaw to behold and one really doesn't understand the mixed reaction to this film, when the movie is overall very entertaining.

* * * out of 4-(Good)


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hard 2: Die Harder See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,744,661, 8 July 1990

Gross USA:

$117,540,947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$240,247,433
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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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