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Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

Die Hard: With a Vengeance (original title)
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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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It's boometime in the big apple See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Each of the Gruber brothers, Simon and Hans, have a man named "Karl" on his team. Karl in Die Hard (1988) is the thief shot by Sergeant Powell at the end. In this film, Karl is stationed at the Federal Reserve bank, and is killed by McClane in the elevator sequence. See more »

Goofs

Each of the fully-loaded dump trucks full of the stolen gold weighed over 350 tons (750,000) pounds. There is no way they would have been allowed onto the FDR bridge, or any other bridge in the U. S., with the maximum lawful load being nearly 1/10th of that which was shown, or 80,000 lbs. The terrorists, as educated as they appear to be, should have known this, as they would have been stopped and arrested as soon as they got to the first bridge. See more »

Quotes

John McClane: [about to enter the subway station to answer Simon's call on time] Listen, you fail I cover your ass. I fail you cover my ass!
Zeus Carver: [still sitting in the stolen cab] And if we both fail?
John McClane: [entering the subway station to answer Simon's call on time] Then we're both fucked!
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: The Version shown on German TV features the alternative ending (Gruber escapes with the gold, but McClane tracks him down through the number on the bottom of the aspirin bottle (at the phone booth) and kills him). See more »

Connections

Featured in Behind the Scenes: Die Hard - With a Vengeance (1995) See more »

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Westwood on a Friday Night
Written, Performed and Produced by Mark A. Mangini (as Mark Mangini)
Courtesy of Mark Mangini (ASCAP)
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The best of the three!
21 May 2002 | by chrisbrown6453See all my reviews

Die Hard With A Vengence is a near-perfect summer movie. This franchise effort is a gleeful no-brainer with nonstop action. It gives some additional perverse pleasure, as we get to watch smartypants Bruce Willis get smacked around for 112 minutes. In this third outing with John McClane, we are faced with yet another mad bomber on the loose. Jeremy Irons plays Simon, a nasty piece of Eurotrash who has a score to settle with Detective McClane. Simon's bombing game comes complete with crafty riddles, which must be solved in a specified time or everything goes boom. McClane has no choice but to play. Along the way, he picks up an unlikely accomplice named Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson), a Harlem shopkeeper. Together they tear all over New York trying to head off disaster. Sure, it's all perfectly preposterous, but DIE HARD 3 has been directed with breathless intensity by John McTiernan, who certainly has a way with wrecking things. Was he very destructive as a child? Loved the spectacular subway crash, John. That hair-raising taxi ride through Central Park wasn't bad, either. Don't forget to fasten your seat belts for this ride.


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