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Die Hard 2 (1990)



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, Rovi

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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 Stewardess
Ben Lemon
as Sergeant
Jason Ross-Azikiwe
as Second Sergeant
Anthony Droz
as Soldier
Michael Francis Clarke
as Northeast Plane Pilot
Steffan Gregory Foster
as Windsor Plane Copilot
Steve Pershing
as Northeast Plane Copilot
Tom Everett
as Northeast Plane Navigator
Jeanne Bates
as Older Woman
Colm Meaney
as Windsor Plane Pilot
Steffen Gregory Foster
as Windsor Plane Copilot
Greg Kovan
as Blue Light Team Member
James Lancaster
as Windsor Plane Navigator
Allan Berger
as Windsor Plane Passenger
Jessica Gardner
as Little Girl
Vance Valencia
as Foreign Military Plane Pilot
Gilbert Garcia
as Foreign Military Plane Copilot
Julian Reyes
as Young Corporal
Richard Domeier
as TV Cameraman
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 Girl
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
Dominique Jennings
as TV Newscaster
Jerry Parrott
as Engineer
Danny Weselis
as Blue Light Team
Gregg Kovan
as Blue Light Team
Bill Smille
as Custodian
Don Charles McGovern
as Lt.Sherman / Blue light Team
Jeff Langton
as Blue Light Team
Danial Donai
as Blue Light Team
Bob Rocky Cheli
as Blue Light Team Member
Dale Jacoby
as Blue Light Team
Sherry Bilsing
as Stewardess - Northeast Plane
Karla Tamburrelli
as Stewardess - Northeast Plane
Amanda Hillwood
as Stewardess (Windsor Plane)
Felicity Waterman
as Stewardess (Windsor Plane)
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
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Critic Reviews for Die Hard 2

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (20)

The filmmakers know the audience is challenging them to top themselves, and they've risen to the bait. Harlin and company build suspense the old-fashioned way. They earn it.

February 6, 2018 | Full Review…
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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.

April 3, 2015 | Full Review…

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

April 3, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

April 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4

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.

April 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/5

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

April 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.
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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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