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
While the highway scenes are supposed to take place on the Saw Mill Parkway in Westchester County, New York, they were filmed on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and on the Taconic Parkway in Putnam County, New York. See more »
The dump truck in the aqueduct could not possibly have gone from reverse to forward as shown (a "bootlegger" turn) when John was trying to outrun the water that gushed after Simon blew the dam, as the truck would be far too heavy and in too small a space to perform the maneuver. See more »
[Simon has just broken into the Federal Reserve]
One hundred and forty billion dollars! Ten times what's in Kentucky. Fort Knox? Ha! It's for tourists.
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TV version aired on FX (as of May 2002) removes a few more elements: the blood in the elevator and when the guard is knifed are missing, all the language is filtered, the placard reads 'I Hate People', while also missing are two catch phrases--Zeus: "Are you aiming for these people?" McClane: "No! Well, maybe that mime..." and where McClane asks Zeus if the car has anti-lock brakes before pulling the fuses (in this version he simply cranks the car hard and it turns hard, sliding backward). See more »
The Fat Outro
Written by D. Lee and J. Owens
Performed by Extra Prolific
Courtesy of Zomba Songs Inc. / Back Sliding Music / Eighty-Second Songs (adm. by Zomba Songs Inc.) (BMI) and Jive Records See more »
Great action movie with fast paced action throughout, but weak ending
The movie starts off by re-introducing John McClane, and immediately takes off with non-stop action. Samuel L Jackson has great chemistry with Willis, and they really work with each other. Even thought the movie was made almost 20 years ago, due to the dependence on mainly practical effects, it still looks good.
The one major downfall of the movie was the ending. It is too bad, since that is what the viewer will remember. It could have been easily re- mediated if they went with a less typical Hollywood-type ending, and that would also have been in line with everything else in the movie. Also, the water riddle was solved way too easily by John, and the editing of it didn't even show how he randomly arrived at the answer.
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