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


Renny Harlin


Steven E. de Souza (screenplay by), Doug Richardson (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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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 Peter Nelson ... Thompson


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


Action | Thriller


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Did You Know?


The subplot involving Esperanza being turned over to the U.S. government is a reference to the real-life Panamanian general, Manuel Noriega, who was overthrown for brutality and drug trafficking in Panama in the 1980s. See more »


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 »


John McClane: [McClane is forced to crawl through yet another ventilation system] Just once, I'd like a regular, normal Christmas. Eggnog, a fuckin' Christmas tree, a little turkey. But, no. I gotta crawl around in this motherfuckin' tin can.
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Alternate Versions

The US broadcast version changed the famous "Yippee-kay-aye, motherfucker!" line at the end (where Bruce Willis throws the lighter onto the trail of fuel to blow up the plane) to say "Yippee-kay-aye, Mr. Falcon!" In order for this "Mr. Falcon" line to make sense, the scene with the soldiers in the plane is also changed so that one of the soldiers calls one of the two main bad guys "Mr. Falcon." This likely refers to Esperanza, given that "Falcon" is the codename used by Esperanza when Colonel Stuart (codename "Eagle Nest") is guiding Esperanza down to the runway. See more »


References Iced (1989) See more »


Music by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych and lyrics by Peter Wilhousky
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Entertaining, but slightly inferior Die Hard sequel
5 December 2015 | by Screen_BlitzSee all my reviews

Bruce Willis makes his return as the iconic hero John McClane who was last scene taking down a dozen German terrorists one by one at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles in one of the most crowd pleasing action flicks of all time. Taking place exactly one year after the events of the first film, John McClane is awaiting for his wife Holly (played by Bonnie Bedelia again) at the Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C to spend another great Christmas with her. His plans quickly go bad once again when a group of international terrorists led by Colonel Stuart (played by William Sadler) began seizing control of the airport and taking countless innocent civilians hostage. To make matters worse, the terrorists began taking control of the air traffic control, causing runway lights to shut off and inference in traffic signals. With planes full of innocent lives (including his wife) running low on fuel and unable to land safely, McClane must once again use his incredible skills to take down the merciless terrorists and the save the lives of the passengers along with his wife, once for all.

With John McTiernan returning as the director, this movie comes as a decent continuation to the franchise; with some exciting action scenes and well-drawn characters and performances. However, this film fell slightly short of the formula that made the first film a smash hit. The main villain Colonel is not quite as memorable as Hans Gruber played by Alan Rickman in the previous film. While William Sadler gives a great performance, his character doesn't have the same charisma as Gruber. On the other hands, the action scenes are a bit exciting and well shot, especially the intense fight scene that takes place on the wing of the plane towards the end. Most of the action takes place outside in the snow and blistering cold winds. Then there is John McClane who still remains fresh as ever and is energized with a strong performance by Bruce Willis. Lastly, the plot works pretty well, although there some inconsistencies here and there. Overall, it was enjoyable at the least.

Die Hard 2: Die Harder may not be as memorable as the first film, but there is no doubt that this film is quite a thrill ride and Bruce Willis shows that he still has John McClane in him.

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Release Date:

3 July 1990 (USA) See more »

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Die Hard 2: Die Harder See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,744,661, 8 July 1990

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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