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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John McClane
... Simon Gruber
... Zeus Carver
... Joe Lambert
... Connie Kowalski
... Insp. Walter Cobb
Anthony Peck ... Ricky Walsh
Nick Wyman ... Mathias Targo
... Katya
... Charles Weiss
... Officer Jane
Stephen Pearlman ... Dr. Fred Schiller
Michael Alexander Jackson ... Dexter
... Raymond
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 SARSman1793

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On a good day he's a great cop. On a bad day he's the best there is. See more »


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

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19 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hard: New York  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Although he wasn't hired for the film, Alan Rickman is still credited as playing Hans Gruber (in McClane's flashback, using stock footage from Die Hard (1988)). See more »

Goofs

When McClain is in elevator of the bank and shoots the last man, the blood splatters all over the right side of his face including his ear. In the next scene when McClain aims his gun at Zeus, the blood is no long on his ear and only on the front area of the right side of his face. See more »

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Zeus: [running steadily to get to the park] So what's up with this L.A. thing? You famous or something?
John McClane: Yeah, for about five minutes.
Zeus: Don't tell me. Rodney King, right?
John McClane: Fuck you.
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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

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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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Fast-paced and action-packed
23 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is definitely the grittiest of all the 3 Die Hard films. John Mclane is now a drunk, he's separated from his family, living in New York, and to make matters worse a terrorist calling himself "Simon" is out for revenge on Mclane. Mclane, and everyone else, has absolutely no idea why.

The first 2 films are superior to this one since this has a lot of changes from the mood that made the others so great. First off, it's not set on Christmas. No biggie though. Secondly, there are too many complications and twists to the plot. You almost have to take notes. And thirdly, the biggest change is that it's now turned into a buddy movie to the style of Lethal Weapon, since Samuel L. Jackson as Zeus unwillingly teams up with John Mclane. They're complete opposites, they argue, and they become friends. That sort of stuff.

Die Hard: With A Vengeance still stays true to it's amazing action scenes, though. There's plenty of explosions, there's floods, and overall general destruction. It's a different kind of movie, yes. But it's a good different kind of movie.

My rating: 9/10


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