Hard With a Vengeance

Hard With a Vengeance

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Director: John McTiernan

Cast: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson

     
 

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Bruce Willis returns as misfit cop John McClane in the third film in the Die Hard series. McClane has fallen on hard times; after moving to New York City and breaking up with his wife, he's developed a drinking problem and has been suspended from the NYPD. However, his past comes back to haunt him in the form of Simon (Jeremy Irons), a terrorist bomber who hasSee more details below

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Bruce Willis returns as misfit cop John McClane in the third film in the Die Hard series. McClane has fallen on hard times; after moving to New York City and breaking up with his wife, he's developed a drinking problem and has been suspended from the NYPD. However, his past comes back to haunt him in the form of Simon (Jeremy Irons), a terrorist bomber who has been using McClane as his contact as he plants a series of bombs in public places and gives McClane inane "clues" to their whereabouts in the form of riddles and bizarre games. McClane soon discovers he's been involved in Simon's scheme as part of a personal grudge; while associated with an international terrorist group, Simon is also the brother of the man McClane threw off the side of a skyscraper several years back (in the original Die Hard). Now McClane, with the help of a Harlem shopkeeper named Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson), has to find out where Simon has planted the bombs, guess where he'll strike next, and try to find his base of operations before more bombs go off and thousands of people die. The supporting cast features Graham Greene and Colleen Camp; singer Sam Phillips made her acting debut as a member of Simon's terrorist group (Phillips never speaks, so as to not to reveal her Texas accent).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Bruce Willis and John McTiernan -- the star-director team that established an often imitated action-movie blueprint with 1988’s Die Hard -- reunited for this explosive, thrill-a-minute 1995 sequel. Willis reprises the role of tough, taciturn cop John McClane, playing cat-and-mouse yet again with a vicious terrorist. In a nod to the original film, the sadistic madman tormenting McClane is Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons), brother to the character played by Alan Rickman in Die Hard, who’s out to avenge his sibling’s death at the cop’s hands. With bombs planted in schools all over New York, Gruber sends McClane on a succession of fool’s errands before implementing the plan calculated to ensure his revenge. Although the Willis character fought alone in the first two Die Hard films, McTiernan gives him a reluctant sidekick in the ubiquitous Samuel L. Jackson, here playing a Harlem shopkeeper caught up in the terrorist’s game. The Willis-Jackson bickering gives Vengeance a Lethal Weapon feel and offers viewers a few seconds to catch their breath between suspenseful action set pieces. The episodic plotline and driving pace is reminiscent of an old cliff-hanger serial, and like those continued-next-week thrillers of yore, Die Hard with a Vengeance will keep you perched on the edge of your chair. The new two-disc Five-Star Edition offers a commentary by McTiernan, an interview with Willis, two TV specials about the film, a making-of featurette, behind-the-scenes vignettes, a sequence shown in storyboard form, and special-effects breakdowns, plus various trailers and TV spots.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Die Hard With a Vengeance brings John McClain back to the big action and equally large laughs that made the original so successful. With action virtuoso John McTiernan returning to the series, this third entry is heavily buttered popcorn entertainment that manages to not get pulled in by the same plot devices that were regurgitated in Renny Harlin's fun but flawed second film. There's still the heavy terrorist angle, but what the deft script does so well is turn the tables on good old Bruce Willis, while teaming him with a hilarious Samuel L. Jackson for a cat-and-mouse game through the streets of New York City. And though Jeremy Irons is no Alan Rickman, he takes great evil glee from his goofy-accented movie villain and is miles above the sorry antagonists from the previous film. Supporting characters are equally as fresh, with both the cops and the mugging German henchmen getting juicy screen time throughout the piece. With numerous gusto action scenes that only McTiernan could deliver, Vengeance lives up to the high pedestal of the series and makes for one heck of a fun thrill ride. The ending is probably the film's biggest fumble, reshot at the last second to make up for an original ending that found Irons escaping to Europe where McClain hunts him down with a bazooka (true!). It's strange how history shines upon Die Hard With a Vengeance, especially after 9/11. This is one movie that simply could not be made now. It does, however, feature some incredibly unnerving visuals that are downright haunting considering the events that occurred just six years later.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

Die Hard With a Vengeance is basically a wind-up action toy, cleverly made, and delivered with high energy. It delivers just what it advertises, with a vengeance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2007
UPC:
0024543440925
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:11:00
Sales rank:
12,765

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis John McClane
Jeremy Irons Simon Gruber/Peter Krieg
Samuel L. Jackson Zeus Carver
Graham Greene Joe Lambert
Colleen Camp Connie Kowalski
Larry Bryggman Chief Cobb
Sam Phillips Katya
Nicholas Wyman Targo
Anthony Peck Ricky Walsh
Sharon Washington Officer Jane
Stephen Pearlman Dr. Schiller
Mischa Hausserman Mischa
Robert Sedgwick Rolf
Anthony Thomas Gang Member
Birdie M. Hale Harlem Woman
Charles Dumas Cross
Michael Cristofer Jarvis
Phyllis Stickney Wanda Shepard
J.R. Horne Sergeant John Turley
Michael Tadross Greek Deli Proprietor
John McTiernan Fisherman
Tony Travis Marshal
James Saito Korean Proprietor
Patrick Borriello Kid
Victor Rojas Kid
Joe Zaloom Jerry Parks
Patricia Mauceri Miss Thomas
Gerry Becker Larry Griffith
Richard Council Otto
John Robert Tillotson Second Broker
Ray Aranha Janitor
Richard Russell Ramos FBI Chief
Darryl Edwards Livery Driver

Technical Credits
John McTiernan Director,Producer
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
Les Bloom Set Decoration/Design
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
Buzz Feitshans Executive Producer
Jonathan Hensleigh Screenwriter
Terry Jackson Stunts
John R. Jensen Art Director
John Wright Editor
Michael Kamen Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert Lawrence Executive Producer
Terry J. Leonard Stunts
Woods Mackintosh Art Director
George Manasse Production Designer
Pat McCorkle Casting
Peter Menzies Cinematographer
Hugh A. O'Brien Stunts
John Stark Production Designer
Michael Tadross Producer,Production Designer
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer
Carmine Zozzora Co-producer

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