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Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)

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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.

Director:

John McTiernan

Writers:

Jonathan Hensleigh, Roderick Thorp (certain original characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... John McClane
Jeremy Irons ... Simon Gruber
Samuel L. Jackson ... Zeus Carver
Graham Greene ... Joe Lambert
Colleen Camp ... Connie Kowalski
Larry Bryggman ... Insp. Walter Cobb
Anthony Peck Anthony Peck ... Ricky Walsh
Nick Wyman Nick Wyman ... Mathias Targo
Sam Phillips ... Katya
Kevin Chamberlin ... Charles Weiss
Sharon Washington ... Officer Jane
Stephen Pearlman ... Dr. Fred Schiller
Michael Alexander Jackson Michael Alexander Jackson ... Dexter
Aldis Hodge ... Raymond
Mischa Hausserman Mischa Hausserman ... Mischa
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Storyline

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 set 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. Written by ahmetkozan

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Romanian

Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hard: New York See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,162,245, 21 May 1995

Gross USA:

$100,012,499

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$366,101,666
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson) handling a gun twice in the film, he never fires either of them. See more »

Goofs

In the first part of the movie when the bus rolls by before the building explodes, you can see the camera is briefly visible along with a guy in a black shirt and blue jeans. See more »

Quotes

John McClane: [to Zeus, driving in a stolen business man's car, about to swing 180 degrees to try to knock the terrorist's pick up truck off the road] Listen to me. Hang the fuck on, all right?
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Alternate Versions

The original release of the UK DVD version in 1999 was actually even more cut than the British video and cinema versions. Because the content did not exactly match the officially classified version, this much-sanitized release fell foul of British censorship laws, and was withdrawn. See more »

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Featured in Die Hard 3: Villains with a Vengeance (1995) See more »

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home
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(loosely based on Johannes Brahms' "Symphony No.1, 1st Movement")
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The Best Installment In The Die Hard Trilogy
8 January 2003 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

Die Hard:With A Vengeance deserves to be ranked in a top ten list of action movies. The first two Die Hard movies were brilliant but this installment just blows the first two out of the water.

Bruce Willis is back as police officer Lt. John McClane and in this movie he teams with Samuel L. Jackson as Zeus Carver to stop the wicked Jeremy Irons who is planning to cause mayhem and destruction around New York.

If you're a fan of non-stop action movies like Speed, then this is the movie with you. It doesn't let up for a second; it's one of those movies where your heart beats as fast as the characters and by the end of the movie, you'll be feeling like you ran round New York chasing a bomber. That is how all good action movies should be.

I don't think it is any exaggeration to say that Die Hard:With A Vengeance deserves to be rated one of the top action movies of the 1990's. All that has to be done now is to make Die Hard 4 which I hope would top this movie...although that would be quite a feat.


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