John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.


John McTiernan


Jonathan Hensleigh, Roderick Thorp (certain original characters by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... John McClane
Jeremy Irons ... Simon
Samuel L. Jackson ... Zeus
Graham Greene ... Joe Lambert
Colleen Camp ... Connie Kowalski
Larry Bryggman ... Arthur Cobb
Anthony Peck Anthony Peck ... Ricky Walsh
Nick Wyman Nick Wyman ... Targo
Sam Phillips ... Katya
Kevin Chamberlin ... Charles Weiss
Sharon Washington ... Officer Jane
Stephen Pearlman ... Dr. Schiller
Michael Alexander Jackson Michael Alexander Jackson ... Dexter
Aldis Hodge ... Raymond
Mischa Hausserman Mischa Hausserman ... Mischa


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Bruce Willis suggested Samuel L. Jackson for the movie. Jackson was thrilled. He says he's "seen the first Die Hard (1988) maybe thirty times." See more »


The wrist watch John is wearing throughout the movie changes model several times. The 1st half of the film he is seen wearing a Breitling Chronomat , but after he is thrown from the water pipe and sorts through the coins in the dead drivers pockets of the car they force off the road , the face of the Breitling is missing the chronograph and the watch has a serrated bezel not like the Chronomat. it then switches back before they attempt to board the boat , and then reverts again when handcuffed. This is seen clearly in the Blu-ray version. See more »


Zeus: [in Zeus' electric shop] Now, where you goin'?
Dexter: School.
Zeus: Why?
Raymond: To get educated.
Zeus: *Why*?
Dexter: So we can go to college.
Zeus: And why is that important?
Dexter: To get es-pect.
Zeus: RE-spect. Now, who's the bad guys?
Dexter: Guys who sell drugs.
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Alternate Versions

In the T.V. version of the film, the sign that McClane is forced to wear in Harlem is changed to read "I hate everyone". See more »


Referenced in End of Days (1999) See more »


Got It Going On
Written by Ted Silbert and RIC-HARD
Performed by Ted Silbert and RIC-HARD
Silbert Music (ASCAP) and Hic Town Underground (ASCAP)
Produced by Eric Harryman & Ted Silbert
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User Reviews

Great action movie with fast paced action throughout, but weak ending
10 August 2014 | by pcrprimerSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hard: New York See more »


Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,162,245, 21 May 1995

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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