Die Hard 2

Die Hard 2

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Director: Renny Harlin

Cast: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Bill Sadler

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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It's difficult to take any movie subtitled Die Harder seriously. Luckily, the this sequel to 1988's Die Hard seems slyly aware of its own preposterousness and plays like one great, big, tongue-in-cheek smirkfest. Much like a James Bond film, Die Hard 2 is full of ridiculous plot contrivances, logic bending and superhuman stunts, but its bravado forces you to say, "who cares about all that." It's so far outside of the realm of reality that it defies you to make a critical remark, even in regards to the huge amount of carnage on display. Of course, the perfect ringleader for all the jolly destruction is Bruce Willis, the man who has built a career largely on his ability to look good while suffering great physical hardships. He's the perfect "Iron Everyman" for the rough and tumble Die Hard series. In the early 1990s, Willis was hardly doing the sort of business expected of a major movie star; Die Hard 2 would be his only major success until 1994, when the actor re-asserted himself with his supporting role in Pulp Fiction.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/1997
UPC:
0086162023217
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis John McClane
Bonnie Bedelia Holly McClane
Bill Sadler Col. Stuart
William Atherton Dick Thornberg
Franco Nero Gen. Ramon Esperanza
Dennis Franz Carmine Lorenzo
John Amos Capt. Grant
Reginald VelJohnson Sgt. Al Powell
Art Evans Barnes
Fred Dalton Thompson Trudeau
Tom Bower Marvin
Sheila McCarthy Samantha Copeland
Don Harvey Garber
Tony Ganios Baker, Terrorist
Robert Patrick O'Reilly, Terrorist
Michael Cunningham Sheldon, Terrorist
John Leguizamo Burke, Terrorist
Tom Verica Kahn, Terrorist
John Costelloe Cochrane, Terrorist
Michael Francis Clarke Northeast Plane Pilot
Steve Pershing Northeast Plane Copilot
Tom Everett Northeast Plane Navigator
Sherry Bilsing Northeast Plane Stewardess
Carla Tamburrelli Northeast Plane Stewardess
Jeanne Bates Older Woman
Colm Meaney Windsor Plane Pilot
Steffan Gregory Foster Windsor Plane Copilot
James Lancaster Windsor Plane Navigator
Earl Bullock Engineer
Jackie Burch Actor
Bob Rocky Cheli Blue Light Team Member
Jessica Gardner Little Girl
Greg Kovan Blue Light Team Member
Vincent Joseph Mazzella Blue Light Team Member
Patrick O'Neal Cpl. Telford
Joseph Roth Airport Cop
David Willis Tow Truck Driver
Peter Nelson Thompson, Terrorist
Vondie Curtis-Hall Miller, Terrorist
Mark Boone Shockley, Terrorist
Ken Baldwin Mulkey, Terrorist
Danny Weselis Blue Light Team Member
Don Charles McGovern Blue Light Team Member
Jeff Langton Blue Light Team Member
Danial Donai Blue Light Team Member
Dale Jacoby Blue Light Team Member
Ben Lemon Sergeant
Jason Ross-Azikiwe Second Sergeant
Anthony Droz Soldier
Amanda Hillwood Windsor Plane Stewardess
Felicity Waterman Windsor Plane Stewardess
Alan Berger Windsor Plane Passenger
Vance Valencia Foreign Military Plane Pilot
Gilbert Garcia Foreign Military Plane Copilot
Julian Reyes Young Corporal
Richard Domeier TV Cameraman
David Katz TV Soundman
Robert Lipton Chopper Pilot
Robert Steinberg Victor
Paul Abascal TV Director
John Rubinow TV Producer
Bob Braun TV Newscaster
Dominique Jennings TV Newscaster
Carol Barbee TV Newscaster
Jerry Parrott Engineer
Robert Sacchi Engineer
Edward Gero Engineer
Robert J. Bennett Engineer
Jim Hudson Engineer
Thomas Tofel Engineer
Wynn Irwin Engineer
Ken Smolka Engineer
Martin Lowery Engineer
Dick McGarvin Engineer
Stafford Morgan Engineer
Nick Angotti Engineer
Tom Finnegan Engineer
Rande Scott Engineer
Robert Costanzo Vito Lorenzo
Lauren Letherer Rent-A-Car Girl
Connie Lillo-Thieman Information Booth Girl
Ed de Fusco Morgue Worker
Charles Lanyer Justice Man
Bill Smille Custodian
Dwayne Hargray Luggage Worker
John Cade Lobby Cop
Paul Bollen Airport Cop

Technical Credits
Renny Harlin Director
Peter Antico Stunts
Stuart Baird Editor
Carol Bentley Set Decoration/Design
Thomas R. Burman Special Effects
Tim Cooney Musical Direction/Supervision
Steven E. de Souza Screenwriter
Bari Dreiband-Burman Special Effects
Scott Eddo Makeup
Robert A. Ferretti Editor
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Charles Gordon Producer
James M. Halty Stunts
James Herbert Producer
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Michael Kamen Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Lloyd Levin Executive Producer
Michael Levy Executive Producer
Paul McKenzie Set Decoration/Design
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Eric Orbom Set Decoration/Design
Steve Perry Co-producer
Charlie Picerni Stunts
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Doug Richardson Screenwriter
Al di Sarro Special Effects
Joel Silver Co-producer
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
Suzanne Todd Associate Producer
John Vallone Production Designer
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Christian Wagener Art Director
Oliver Wood Cinematographer

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