Die Hard 2

July 4th, 1990


Die Hard 2

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John McClane is forced to battle mercenaries who seize control of an airport's communications and threaten to cause plane crashes if their demands are not met.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 7.0/10 (118,540 voted)

Director: Renny Harlin

Stars: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia

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.

Writers: Walter Wager, Steven E. de Souza

Bruce Willis - Lt. John McClane
Bonnie Bedelia - Holly McClane
William Atherton - Richard Thornburg
Reginald VelJohnson - Sgt. Al Powell
Franco Nero - Gen. Ramon Esperanza
William Sadler - Col. Stuart
John Amos - Maj. Grant
Dennis Franz - Capt. Carmine Lorenzo
Art Evans - Leslie Barnes
Fred Dalton Thompson - Trudeau
Tom Bower - Marvin
Sheila McCarthy - Samantha 'Sam' Coleman
Don Harvey - Garber
Tony Ganios - Baker
Peter Nelson - Thompson

Taglines: Last time, it blew you through the back wall of the theatre. This time, it will blow you sky high!


Official Website: foxhome.com - Behind-the-Scenes and ensemble cast |

Release Date: 4 July 1990

Filming Locations: Alpena Airport, Alpena, Michigan, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $21,744,661 (USA) (8 July 1990) (2 Screens)

Gross: $239,540,947 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

This film was shipped to theaters as "wet prints" - an industry term meaning that it was just barely completed before its release date.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): McClane says the Glock 7 is made in Germany. Glock is actually an Austrian firm, and the pistol seen in the film is a Glock 17, not a 'Glock 7'.

[the SWAT team is serving as Barnes's escort to the Skywalk]
Chief Engineer Leslie Barnes: This kind of thing wasn't in my job description.
Sergeant: Don't worry, Mr. Barnes. We'll watch your back.
Chief Engineer Leslie Barnes: Yeah? Who watches yours?

User Review

You can't get too much of a good thing


For those who argue that Die Hard 2 is a desperate re-hash of the original... So what? I didn't expect a companion piece like The Godfather Part II. Die Hard was about a really cool guy in a really bad situation, and the result was probably the greatest action movie ever made. Die Hard 2 achieves status on its own just by being about the same thing. When so many movies want to be Die Hard but fail, why not just make another Die Hard? Director Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger)realized that because it's a sequel, there had to be more stunts and explosions. So there is. Die Hard 2 (appropriately called Die Harder) ups the ante a bit and has fun with a flurry of furious action scenarios. The fight on the wing of the plane is a classic in its own right, and Die Hard 2 stands alone as one of the best of the genre.


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