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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.

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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John McClane is about to have a very bad day See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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

The first "Die Hard" movie to be based on an original screenplay. Die Hard (1988) was based on a novel by Roderick Thorp, Die Hard 2 (1990) was based on a novel by Walter Wager, Live Free or Die Hard (2007) was based on an article by John Carlin, and A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) was the second movie in the franchise to have an original screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When Zeus was driving the cab and the guy asked him to go to 112 Wallstreet or he'll have his medallion suspended. Even if Zeus was a real cab driver, a civilian has no authority whatsoever to suspend cab driver's medallion or even make that kind of threat. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Schiller: They want you to know who's doing it to you. So this name Simon is probably not an alias. It's probably Simon or some variation.
Joe Lambert: [reading a rap sheet] Simon, Robert E. Busted in '86. Extortion. Kidnapping. 10 to 15. Did 7 years for good behavior. Released on a state work furlough two months ago.
Inspector Cobb: Check it.
John McClane: [Rick tosses something to John] Thanks, Rick. Bob Simon was a bankrupt businessman who kidnapped his partner's daughter. He's a fuck-up, not a psycho. The guy we're looking for is nuts.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Max Payne (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

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
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John McClane is back and NYC is blowing up!
9 July 2000 | by bat-5See all my reviews

Someone's got a thing for John McClane. Bombs are going off around New York and if McClane doesn't do what Simon says, more things will go boom. Along for the ride with the always watchable Bruce Willis is Samuel L. Jackson, a electronics store owner who just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. These two are off all over Manhattan figuring out Simon's little riddles. Jeremy Irons is perfectly cast as the intelligent Simon. He's shrewd, charming and knows how to get a job done. Back in the director's chair is John McTiernan, overseeing the mayhem. The action sequences are bigger, louder and wilder than before. Car chases, shoot outs, and a really neat sequence involving a ship, a bridge and a truck highlight this action lovers delight. So, buckle up, turn up the sound and get ready for a hell of a ride. New York is about to go boom!


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