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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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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 ... Walter 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
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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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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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Trivia

Jeremy Irons, the main villain, does not physically appear until fifty minutes into the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the janitor at Chester A. Arthur Elementary is making his final rounds and checking all the classrooms for any children, he looks in the room where the children ultimately are and, looking at the teacher's desk, sees the sunlight coming through the window reflected on the tile floor. He locks the room and moves on. When they cut back to show the desk again from the exact same angle, the sunlight reflecting off the tile is now blocked by the children (actors) now hiding under the desk, the tile in front of the desk now in shadow, revealing that the children were not under the desk in the first shot. See more »

Quotes

Simon: [over the phone in Walter's office] s there a detective named McClane there?
Inspector Cobb: He's on suspension.
Simon: No, Walter, he's not. Not today.
Inspector Cobb: Who is this?
Simon: Call me Simon.
Inspector Cobb: What do you want?
Simon: I want to play a game.
Inspector Cobb: What kind of game?
Simon: "Simon Says". Simon's going to tell Lt. McClane what to do, and Lt. McClane is going to do it. Noncompliance will result in a penalty.
Inspector Cobb: What penalty?
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Millennium: Goodbye to All That (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer in the City
Written by Steve Boone, Mark Sebastian, John Sebastian
Performed by The Lovin' Spoonful
Trio Music Co., Inc. and Alley Music, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of RCA Special Products
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This Die Hard is the fastest moving of the trilogy.
8 July 2005 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

I like this one about as much as I like the first one. The first one had a better plot and was more tense, but this one moves at a very fast rate and it seems like it is over before it begins. A vast improvement over part two, this movie once again finds McClane in the middle of an emergency situation. This time, unlike part two, though it is very reasonable that he is involved as Irons character is the brother of the lead villain of the first Die Hard. Throw in a very funny Samuel L Jacksoncharacter and you have the makings of a great film action wise andcomedy wise too. This one centers around a mad bomber, threatening to blow up several places including a school if officer McClane does not play the game. McClane must do whatever the bomber says and boy does the bomber do a lot to get our hero down. Great action is a given as our hero desperately must try to find the bombs. Multiple car scenes a cool scene on a boat, and loads and loads of gold thrown in for an exciting ride. Irons is great as the villain, as was Rickman in the first one. Truly this is one fast moving ride that will keep you well entertained throughout.


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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:

$366,236,538
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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