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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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Die harder. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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 »

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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

Runtime:

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

In Die Hard (1988), Sergeant Al Powell is humming along with the song "Let It Snow!" sung by Vaughn Monroe; the same song plays both at the end of this film and Die Hard (1988). See more »

Goofs

Several shots show the view from the Control Tower where the visibility is good enough to see the runways and even the lights from the airport perimeter. This would mean that there would have been enough visibility to land airplanes. Also the crash at the beginning would not have happened because their glide path put them on the runway, the pilots would have seen the ground in time to avoid it. See more »

Quotes

Trudeau: [to all the air traffic controllers] "Alright everyone, let's call all our birds and slow 'em down before we get a parking lot over our heads. The line starts at the Mississippi and they better start taking numbers."
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Alternate Versions

The original film release and early widescreen video releases used an anamorphically-stretched version of the 20th Century Fox logo, probably to continue a running gag from Die Hard (1988) even though the director was new (see trivia for Predator (1987)). The 2001 DVD changes it to a normal-proportioned logo. See more »

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LOVE ME TENDER
(Played on a music box)
Written by Ken Darby (as Vera Matson) and Elvis Presley
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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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