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Die Hard 2: Die Harder [1990]

Director:Renny Harlin
Writer:Doug Richardson
Steven E. de Souza
Composer:Michael Kamen
Length:124 minutes
(2 hours 4 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:64%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: McClain is waiting to pick his wife up at the airport when he sniffs out a terrorist group preparing something sinister.

Reaction: Probably my least favorite of the original series though it does have a number of great moments.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Renny Harlin => Director
Doug Richardson => Writer
Steven E. de Souza => Writer
Michael Kamen => Composer
Joel Silver => Producer
Walter Wager => Novel '58 Minutes'
Art Evans => Leslie Barnes
Bonnie Bedelia => Holly McClane
Bruce Willis => John McClane
Colm Meaney => Pilot (Windsor Plane)
Dennis Franz => Capt. Carmine Lorenzo
Franco Nero => Gen. Ramon Esperanza
Fred Thompson => Trudeau
John Amos => Maj. Grant
John Leguizamo => Burke
Reginald VelJohnson => Sgt. Al Powell
Robert Costanzo => Sgt. Vito Lorenzo
Robert Patrick => O'Reilly
Sheila McCarthy => Samantha 'Sam' Coleman
Tom Bower => Marvin
William Atherton => Richard Thornburg
William Sadler => Col. Stuart

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • This is Bruce Willis's least favorite film of the original Die Hard trilogy.
  • The old lady on the airplane is reading a magazine with an ad for the Lethal Weapon videocassette. The visible copy reads: "Armed. Dangerous. And All Yours." Lethal Weapon, Die Hard and Die Hard 2 were Joel Silver productions.
  • On the NEA airplane, [The Simpsons] episode {There's No Disgrace Like Home} is shown.
  • There is a war reference in each of the first three Die Hard films. This film's references include Marvin mentioning both Iwo Jima and Pearl Harbor and the Commando team reminiscing about Grenada.
  • The Spanish title for Die Hard in all of the three movies is, The Glass Jungle, as a reference to the first movie located in a glass skyscraper.
  • The scenes with Bruce Willis running through tunnels under the airport were filmed at a water treatment facility near Los Angeles. The facility has miles of underground tunnels, and was also used in Live Free or Die Hard, doubling as the Woodlawn Social Security Administration building.
  • It was Renny Harlin's idea that William Sadler, the film's main villain be introduced naked doing martial arts exercises during the film's opening sequence. He would later say that it was "an effective, but unusual way to introduce a character".
  • This film was originally titled as Die Harder.
  • All the airplane landing equipment used by the mercenaries in the church is close to the real equipment used in actual air traffic control towers, but simplified for the film's dramatic and action effects.
  • According to John Leguizamo in his autobiography, his role was intended to be much larger until the filmmakers realized how short he was. His part was cut down to one line which was dubbed by someone else.