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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John McClane
... Simon Gruber
... Zeus Carver
... Joe Lambert
... Connie Kowalski
... Insp. Walter Cobb
Anthony Peck ... Ricky Walsh
Nick Wyman ... Mathias Targo
... Katya
... Charles Weiss
... Officer Jane
Stephen Pearlman ... Dr. Fred Schiller
Michael Alexander Jackson ... Dexter
... Raymond
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 SARSman1793

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When the theater goes dark, the roof blows off. See more »


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

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19 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hard: New York  »

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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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Trivia

John McTiernan liked the 1961 Mack truck so much, that he bought the truck after the movie finished. See more »

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A drive from New York City to the Quebec border takes about 5 and a half hours - probably slightly more if driving a truck. Even if Simon's henchmen did have a head start, they would still be somewhere in New York state by the time McClane figures out their destination. That would have given American authorities plenty of time to intercept the trucks along the way inside their own borders. Moreover, even if the trucks would have had the time to make it to the Canadian border, they would have been caught by customs with a very suspicious cargo of bulk gold bars. See more »

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John McClane: [Zeus has picked up a stray gold ingot and attempts to carry it out with him] Put that shit down.
Zeus: No fuckin' way.
John McClane: They ain't gonna let you keep it.
Zeus: Yeah, yeah, we'll see.
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Written by Chip Fu (as R. Roachford), Poc Fu (as L. Maturine), R. Kirkpatrick and Erick Sermon (as E. Sermon)
Performed by Fu-Schnickens
Courtesy of Zomba Songs Inc./CPMK Sounds (adm. by Zomba Songs Inc.) (BMI), Erick Sermons Enterprises Inc. (adm. by Zomba Enterprises Inc.) (ASCAP) and Jive Records
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Not your average action movie
10 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie gets right to the point and starts off with an explosion. I love that. A crazy guy named Simon (played very well by Jeremy Irons) blows up a store, and asks to speak to John McClane, who is on suspension. The cops grab McClane, who is by now a heavy drinker, and put him on the phone with Simon. Simon makes him walk through Harlem with a very offensive sign. Just when he is about to get beat down, he is rescued by the racist Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Zeus. It seems as though Simon wants revenge on McClane for something, but nobody knows why. Now, Zeus and McClane are at the mercy of Simon, who meanwhile is committing a massive robbery.

This movie is considerably different from the other two, which is probably a good thing. Who wants the same thing three times in a row? The plot has as many twists and turns as a snake, and the movie keeps the viewer involved. Watching Zeus and McClane bicker is amusing as well. Samuel L. Jackson pulls off the role of the "racist black man" very well. I would highly recommend this movie.


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