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Die Hard 2 (1990)

Die Hard 2 (1990)

Die Hard 2



Critic Consensus: It lacks the fresh thrills of its predecessor, but Die Hard 2 still works as an over-the-top -- and reasonably taut -- big-budget sequel, with plenty of set pieces to paper over the plot deficiencies.

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"Another basement, another elevator...how can the same thing happen to the same guy twice?" asks John McClane (Bruce Willis), in what is doubtless the key question of this film. A year after foiling the terrorist takeover of a high-rise office building in the first movie, McClane is waiting to pick up his wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), at Dulles International Airport just outside Washington, D.C., on Christmas Eve. Scheduled to arrive the same evening is Ramon Esperanza (Franco Nero), a South American political figure who is being brought to the United States to stand trial for his role in a drug-smuggling ring. However, a group of terrorists, led by renegade American military officer Col. Stuart (William Sadler), take control of the airport, scuttling radio transmissions and placing their own men in the control tower. Stuart and his men ensure that Esperanza's plane lands safely, and then demand that Stuart and his men be given a fully-fueled 747 and free passage wherever they choose to go. Otherwise, they will guide the many circling jets waiting for landing instructions into definite crash landings, killing the many passengers on board. Not willing to stand aside as terrorists once again threaten his wife's life, the wise-cracking McClane once again leaps into action to foil Stuart's plans and bring the passenger jets safely to the ground. William Atherton, John Amos, Dennis Franz, and John Leguizamo highlight the supporting cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Steven E. de Souza, Doug Richardson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 1999
20th Century Fox

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Bruce Willis
as John McClane
Bonnie Bedelia
as Holly McClane
William Atherton
as Dick Thornberg
Reginald VelJohnson
as Sgt. Al Powell
Franco Nero
as Esperanza
William Sadler
as Col. Stuart
John Amos
as Capt. Grant
Dennis Franz
as Carmine Lorenzo
Art Evans
as Barnes
Tom Bower
as Marvin
Sheila McCarthy
as Samantha Copeland
Don Harvey
as Garber
Patrick O'Neal
as Cpl. Telford
Carla Tamburrelli
as Northeast Plane Stew...
Ben Lemon
as Sergeant
Jason Ross-Azikiwe
as Second Sergeant
Anthony Droz
as Soldier
Michael Francis Clar...
as Northeast Plane Pilo...
Steffan Gregory Fost...
as Windsor Plane Copilo...
Steve Pershing
as Northeast Plane Copi...
Tom Everett
as Northeast Plane Navi...
Jeanne Bates
as Older Woman
Colm Meaney
as Windsor Plane Pilot
Steffen Gregory Fost...
as Windsor Plane Copilo...
James Lancaster
as Windsor Plane Naviga...
Greg Kovan
as Blue Light Team Memb...
Allan Berger
as Windsor Plane Passen...
Jessica Gardner
as Little Girl
Vance Valencia
as Foreign Military Pla...
Gilbert Garcia
as Foreign Military Pla...
Julian Reyes
as Young Corporal
Richard Domeier
as TV Cameraman
Mark Boone Jr.
as Shockley, Terrorist
David Katz
as TV Soundman
Robert Lipton
as Chopper Pilot
Paul Abascal
as TV Director
John Rubinow
as TV Producer
Robert Costanzo
as Vito Lorenzo
Lauren Letherer
as Rent-A-Car Girl
Connie Lillo-Thieman
as Information Booth Gi...
Ed DeFusco
as Morgue Worker
Charles Lanyer
as Justice Man
Bill Smillie
as Custodian
Dwayne Hargray
as Luggage Worker
John Cade
as Lobby Cop
David Willis Sr.
as Tow Truck Driver
Jerry Parrott
as Engineer
Ed de Fusco
as Morgue Worker
Danny Weselis
as Blue Light Team
Gregg Kovan
as Blue Light Team
Don Charles McGovern
as Lt.Sherman / Blue li...
Bill Smille
as Custodian
Vincent Joseph Mazze...
as Blue Light Team Memb...
Jeff Langton
as Blue Light Team
Danial Donai
as Blue Light Team
Bob Rocky Cheli
as Blue Light Team Memb...
Dale Jacoby
as Blue Light Team
Sherry Bilsing
as Stewardess - Northea...
Karla Tamburrelli
as Stewardess - Northea...
Amanda Hillwood
as Stewardess (Windsor ...
Felicity Waterman
as Stewardess (Windsor ...
Bob Braun
as Newscaster (WZDC)
Dominque Jennings
as Newscaster (WZDC)
Carol Barbee
as Newscaster (WZDC)
Robert Sacchi
as Engineer
Edward Gero
as Engineer
Jim Hudson
as Engineer
Thomas Tofel
as Engineer
Wynn Irwin
as Engineer
Ken Smolka
as Engineer
Martin Lowery
as Engineer
Dick McGarvin
as Engineer
Nick Angotti
as Engineer
Tom Finnegan
as Engineer
Rande Scott
as Engineer
Paul Bollen
as Airport Cop
Joseph Roth
as Airport Cop
Bill Sadler
as Col. Stuart
Dominique Jennings
as TV Newscaster
Peter Nelson
as Thompson Terrorist
Alan Berger
as Windsor Plane Passen...
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Critic Reviews for Die Hard 2

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (15)

This is the most cheerfully preposterous film of a jaw-dropping summer, which is not to say it's not fun, it's simply orchestrated Looney Tunes.

Full Review… | April 3, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The summer's best sequel and most satisfying blockbuster has finally arrived. Die Hard 2 is a blast.

Full Review… | April 3, 2015
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Even when the script wanders into cynical overkill, Harlin makes sure the violence has some impact, some moral consequence, by sketching in characters for a few representative victims.

Full Review… | April 3, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The filmmakers seem to be operating under the assumption that the way you top a successful movie is by making one that's louder, cruder and more violent.

Full Review… | April 3, 2015
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The screenplay is precariously supported by the chips on John McClane's shoulders. Fortunately, it is also designed to Willis' unique specs.

Full Review… | April 3, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A number of scenes have been staged with satisfying kinetic flair, and Willis once again makes an appealing superhero. Yet without that great big booby-trapped skyscraper to hold the action together, the suspense dissipates.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Die Hard 2


The plot is pretty dumb and lacks the freshness of the first one, but the action is still great and Bruce Willis remains charming as the flawed John McClane.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


Did not quite age as well as the films before and after it. Lacks the unique location of the original and is a bit messy in its plot. Doesn't change the fact that John McClane delivers great action, of course.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

An infuriating and brainless sequel that takes an endless long time for something to finally happen and needs every single character to act as a complete idiot so that the stupid plot can move on - like Dennis Franz as an unbearable moron who is always in the way.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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