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Die Hard 2 (1990)

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John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

Walter Wager (novel), Steven E. de Souza (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... John McClane
Bonnie Bedelia ... Holly McClane
William Atherton ... Thornberg
Reginald VelJohnson ... Al Powell
Franco Nero ... Esperanza
William Sadler ... Stuart
John Amos ... Grant
Dennis Franz ... Carmine Lorenzo
Art Evans ... Barnes
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Trudeau
Tom Bower ... Marvin
Sheila McCarthy ... Samantha Coleman
Don Harvey ... Garber
Tony Ganios ... Baker
Peter Nelson ... Thompson
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Storyline

After the terrifying events in LA, John McClane (Willis) is about to go through it all again. A team of terrorists, led by Col. Stuart (Sadler) is holding the entire airport hostage. The terrorists are planning to rescue a drug lord from justice. In order to do so, they have seized control of all electrical equipment affecting all planes. With no runway lights available, all aircraft have to remain in the air, with fuel running low, McClane will need to be fast. Written by Film_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

John McClane is back in the wrong place at the wrong time! See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hard 2: Die Harder See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,744,661, 8 July 1990

Gross USA:

$117,540,947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$240,247,433
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)| Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The General is from Val Verde, the fictitious Latin-American country used in Commando (1985). Die Hard 2 (1990) crew members, co-writer Steven E. de Souza (with Doug Richardson) and producer Joel Silver worked together on both films, however Steven wrote Commando (1985) himself. See more »

Goofs

"Dulles Airport" bears not the faintest resemblance to Dulles Airport. See more »

Quotes

[McClane leaves the payphones, and nearly collides with Colonel Stuart]
Col. Stuart: Excuse me.
[Stuart stares coldly at McClane]
John McClane: Oh you look very familiar to me.
Col. Stuart: [hesitates] I get that a lot. I've been on TV.
John McClane: Yeah. You, too.
[They head on their separate ways, though Stuart takes a second look at McClane as he disappears into the crowd]
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Crazy Credits

Top four billed actors all reprized their role from Die Hard (1988) . Despite Reginald VelJohnson only appearing in one scene. See more »

Alternate Versions

The shootout between the airport SWAT team and the terrorists was severely edited before the film received an "R" rating. Among the scenes trimmed down is the scene where O'Reilly (Robert Patrick ) shoots the first SWAT officer in the head with a Glock 17. When the officer is shot in the head in the "R" rated version, it is shown from a distance. In the work print shown to exhibitors in the summer of 1990, the man is shot in the forehead but is shown in a graphic closeup. A lot of the bloodier shots were also trimmed down in this section as were a couple of extended scenes of the people on the plane that Colonel Stuart crashes. See more »

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Soundtracks

LOVE ME TENDER
(Played on a music box)
Written by Ken Darby (as Vera Matson) and Elvis Presley
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User Reviews

 
Tries Hard...
28 June 2007 | by fmarkland32See all my reviews

Bruce Willis returns as John McClane who this time faces off against mercenaries who have taken over an airport and are threatening to have all the plane crashes, McClane's wife Holly(Bonnie Bedelia) is on one such plane and so it's McClane back in action as he ponders how the same thing can happen to the same guy twice. Die Hard 2 to tell you the truth was a mixed bag. On one hand it had lots of action and a brutal edge to the action but also lacks the suspense of the first. In either case though Die Hard 2 is not bad as sequels go. Indeed even though it's directed by Renny Harlin, Die Hard 2 works in-spite of itself. The only flaw is that the movie is feels too much like a carbon copy of the first film only with a bigger is better approach to the stunts. That being said this is a minor flaw to behold and one really doesn't understand the mixed reaction to this film, when the movie is overall very entertaining.

* * * out of 4-(Good)


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