Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)



Critic Consensus: Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance gets off to a fast start and benefits from Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson's barbed interplay, but clatters to a bombastic finish in a vain effort to cover for an overall lack of fresh ideas.

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Bruce Willis returns as misfit cop John McClane in the third film in the Die Hard series. McClane has fallen on hard times; after moving to New York City and breaking up with his wife, he's developed a drinking problem and has been suspended from the NYPD. However, his past comes back to haunt him in the form of Simon (Jeremy Irons), a terrorist bomber who has been using McClane as his contact as he plants a series of bombs in public places and gives McClane inane "clues" to their whereabouts in the form of riddles and bizarre games. McClane soon discovers he's been involved in Simon's scheme as part of a personal grudge; while associated with an international terrorist group, Simon is also the brother of the man McClane threw off the side of a skyscraper several years back (in the original Die Hard). Now McClane, with the help of a Harlem shopkeeper named Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson), has to find out where Simon has planted the bombs, guess where he'll strike next, and try to find his base of operations before more bombs go off and thousands of people die. The supporting cast features Graham Greene and Colleen Camp; singer Sam Phillips made her acting debut as a member of Simon's terrorist group (Phillips never speaks, so as to not to reveal her Texas accent). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Samuel L. Jackson
as Zeus Carver
Jeremy Irons
as Simon Peter-Gruber
Bruce Willis
as John McClane
Graham Greene (II)
as Joe Lambert
Michael Cristofer
as Bill Jarvis
Colleen Camp
as Connie Kowalski
Daryl Edwards
as Livery Driver
Paul Simon
as Man in Precinct
Aasif Mandvi
as Arab Cabbie
John Doman
as Foreman
Aldis Hodge
as Raymond
Anthony Thomas
as Gang Member #1
James Saito
as Korean Proprietor
Tony Travis
as Marshal #1
Larry Bryggman
as Inspector Walter Cobb
Kent Faulcon
as Gang Member #3
Edwin Hodge
as Dexter's Friend
Michael Tadross
as Greek Deli Proprietor
John Hoyt
as Federal Reserve Guard No. 1
Gerry Becker
as Larry Griffith
Anthony Peck
as Ricky Walsh
Stephen Pearlman
as Dr. Fred Schiller
Darryl Edwards
as Livery Driver
Bray Poor
as Federal Reserve Guard #2
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney
as Wanda Shepard
Joe Zaloom
as Jerry Parks
Patricia Mauceri
as Miss Thomas
Charles Dumas
as FBI Agent Andy Cross
Birdie M. Hale
as Harlem Woman
Kevin Chamberlin
as Charles Weiss
J.R. Horne
as Sgt. John Turley
Ray Aranha
as Janitor
Victor Rojas
as Kid No. 2
Tony Halme
as Roman
Sharon Washington
as Officer Jane
John C. Vennema
as Felix Little
Ralph Buckley
as Businessman at Station
Bill Kux
as Businessman in Taxi
Scott Nicholson
as Transit Cop
Akili Prince
as Gang Member #4
Nick Wyman
as Mathias Targo
Ardie Fuqua
as Gang Member #5
Glenn Herman
as Gang Member #2
Mike Jefferson
as Gang Member #6
Kharisma Gooden
as Little Tina
as Subway Man
Angela Amato
as Cop No. 1
Timothy Adams
as Gunther
Franchelle Stewart Dorn
as Principal Martinez
Elvis Duran
as Radio D.J.
Frank Andre Ware
as Gang Member
Michael Lee Merrins
as Van Driver
Barbara Hipkiss
as Phone Woman
Danny Dutton
as Marshal #2
Jeffrey Dreisbach
as Yuppie Stockbroker
Ray Arahna
as Janitor
Phil Theis
as Erik
Dory Binyon
as Reporter
David Vitt
as Kid at Gas Station
David P. Martin
as Federal Reserve Guard #3
Shari-Lyn Safir
as Secretary
Ivan Skoric
as Villain A
Faisal Hassan
as FBI Agent
Richard V. Allen
as Chief Allen
James Patrick Whalen Sr.
as Fat Larry Lumis
Carl Brewer
as Helicopter Villain
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Critic Reviews for Die Hard: With a Vengeance

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (12)

Degenerates into an improbable, confusing series of chases and an overly involved heist that takes far too long to set up.

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
Top Critic

There's little wit or originality on offer, just the familiar escalation of car chases and big bangs.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Pure action, with bigger and better explosions and stunts.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

It's a tense, terrifically funny action dazzler with a wow level in special effects that will be hard to top.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The big set pieces don't build, really, they just pile up.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An audience on the edge of its seat doesn't quibble about plot points.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Die Hard: With a Vengeance


An entertaining movie full of action and humor, no doubt better than the atrocious second installment even if not in the same level of the original film. And despite a flawed last half, it has Samuel L. Jackson stealing the scene and Jeremy Irons as a great villain.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Starts off well enough with a thrilling first-half and benefits greatly from the hilarious chemistry between Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. Unfortunately, the movie doesn't keep it's momentum going, suffering from a second-half littered with dull un-inventive action sequences and lots of plot holes. Simon was definitely a better central villain than what we were given in "Die Hard 2" and Jeremy Irons delivers a good performance, but what was lacking was the tense hero-villain dynamic of the first movie. An overall okay-isn action movie that delivers on some decent action and humor, but I can't help but feel this could have been so much better.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


"Die Hard with a Vengeance" was the first "Die Hard" I saw in the theater and it's my favorite of the sequels. John McClane is back and this time he's not in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's the right man, being targeted by a terorrist bomber named Simon(Jeremy Irons) who wants to play a game of simon says. If McClane doesn't do as he says, then he will blow up anything from a subway to a school in New York. McClane gets help from Zeus(Samuel L. Jackson) a guy who saves his life in Harlem, and they try to stop Simon and find out why he is doing all this. John McTeirnan was the director of the first movie and this is the only sequel he came back for, probably why it's the best. The action is phenomenal, the story is exciting, and Irons' Simon is the best of all the villains in the series, besides Hans Gruber. There are some scenes that are very over the top, but this is probably the most grounded of the entire series. Great movie, and if your looking for a roller coaster ride of a movie, then pop this bad boy back in.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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