Die Hard 2 (1990)

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John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.


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10 March 2007 | ReelCheese
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| A Total Thrill Ride
Bruce Willis takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin', nearly outdoing himself in one of the great actioneers of our time. DIE HARD 2 has everything a true action fan could ever want: explosions, chases, plot twists, suspense, drama and all that other good stuff.

Just two years after his last near-death adventure, John McClane (what a great action hero name) battles bad guys who take over an airport's communication system around the holidays. Unless their demands are met, they will unceremoniously plummet planes to the ground one by one -- including one on which Mrs. McClane (Bonnie Bedelia) is a passenger. Of course Johnny, he of wise-cracking ways, is the only one who can save the day.

Like its predecessor, set almost entirely in a skyscraper, DIE HARD 2 makes the most out of its setting. McClane is as multi-purpose as can be, chasing mercenaries through luggage conveyors, grasping onto aircraft wings, running out onto the runway and, in a truly awesome scene, ejecting from a plane a split second before it bursts into flames. Throw in a snowmobile chase, the standard trip through the air ducts and a legitimate, interesting motivation for the crooks and you have a total thrill ride guaranteed to recharge your batteries.

Efforts like DIE HARD 2 won't win any major awards, but they'll do what films are supposed to do: thrust us into another world and entertain us. This is truly Willis and director Renny Harlin at their best.

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Denver was unseasonably snowless during the shooting of the snowstorm scenes and a fair amount of snow had to be created artificially.


Quotes

Baker: Where's Cochrane?
Miller: He didn't make it.
Baker: Aw, man.
Colonel Stuart: You're late.
Miller: We ran into trouble, Colonel. Some cop... killed Cochrane. I barely got away, sir.
Colonel Stuart: Did you accomplish your mission?
Miller: Yes, sir. But... Cochrane.
Colonel Stuart: Well then the damage is minimal.
Colonel Stuart: The *penalty* ...


Goofs

In the Annex Sky-Walk shootout Mclane pushes scaffolding over killing a terrorist. In reality because the terrorist let go while it was tipping over, he would have fell lower when hitting the floor, there was a chance that he wouldn't have been crushed by "making it" into the gap between the high and low cross bars.


Crazy Credits

The top four billed actors all reprized their role from Die Hard (1988). Despite Reginald VelJohnson only appearing in one scene.


Alternate Versions

The shootout between the airport SWAT team and the terrorists was severely edited before the film received an "R" rating. Among the scenes trimmed down is the scene where O'Reilly (Robert Patrick ) shoots the first SWAT officer in the head with a Glock 17. When the officer is shot in the head in the "R" rated version, it is shown from a distance. In the work print shown to exhibitors in the summer of 1990, the man is shot in the forehead but is shown in a graphic closeup. A lot of the bloodier shots were also trimmed down in this section as were a couple of extended scenes of the people on the plane that Colonel Stuart crashes.


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LOVE ME TENDER
(Played on a music box)
Written by
Ken Darby (as Vera Matson) and Elvis Presley

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Action | Thriller

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