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Die Hard 2 (sometimes referred to as Die Hard 2: Die Harder)[1] is a 1990 American action film, and the second in the Die Hard film series. It was directed by Renny Harlin, and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, and co-stars Bonnie Bedelia (reprising her role as Holly McClane), William Sadler, Art Evans, William Atherton (reprising his role as Richard "Dick" Thornburg), Franco Nero, Dennis Franz, Fred Thompson, John Amos, and Reginald VelJohnson, returning briefly in his role as Sgt. Al Powell from the first film.

The screenplay was written by Steven E. de Souza and Doug Richardson, adapted from Walter Wager's novel 58 Minutes. The novel has the same premise but differs slightly: A cop must stop terrorists who take an airport hostage while his daughter's plane circles overhead, and has 58 minutes to do so before the plane crashes. Roderick Thorp, who wrote Nothing Lasts Forever, the novel Die Hard was based on, receives credit for creating "certain original characters", although his name is misspelled onscreen as "Roderick Thorpe".

The film was followed by Die Hard with a Vengeance in 1995, Live Free or Die Hard in 2007, and A Good Day to Die Hard in 2013.


A year after the the previous film, Lt. John McClane is at Washington Dulles International Airport, waiting for his wife Holly to arrive from Los Angeles, when the car he borrowed from his in-laws is towed away from a restricted parking zone. He argues futilely with the airport cop writing the ticket, but is interrupted when his beeper goes off. McClane heads into the terminal and asks a girl at the information kiosk for directions to the payphones. The woman points McClane toward the payphones, and then returns to watching a TV broadcast about snowstorms slamming the East Coast. The newscaster then turns over to a field correspondent at Escalon Airport in the Republic of Val Verde covering the other major developing story: the extradition of deposed dictator and General Ramon Esperanza, who is being transported to the United States to stand trial.

As the newscast continues, the scene cuts to an airport hotel room occupied by retired Special Forces Colonel Stuart. The reporter on TV notes that two years ago, Esperanza led his country's military campaign against communist insurgents, financed by the United States, but several high-ranking Pentagon officials have recently been charged with violating a congressional ban and supplying him with weapons. Mounting evidence that Esperanza violated the neutrality of neighboring countries also made Congress withhold funding, which he is accused of replacing by entering the market of drug trafficking. At that point, Stuart's watch goes off, and he turns off the TV. He and his eleven men - Baker, Burke, Cochrane, Garber, Kahn, Miller, Mulkey, O'Reilly, Sheldon, Shockley, and Thompson - leave their rooms and march in formation to the elevator.

In the terminal, McClane finds the payphones. His beeper goes off again, but all the phones are busy, forcing him to wait. When he finally calls Holly, she informs him that her flight will be landing about 30 minutes late. McClane, who is staying with Holly's parents, is careful to avoid telling her that their car has been towed. After Holly hangs up, she makes some small talk with the elderly woman sitting next to her. The woman shows Holly her taser which she says is much more effective for self-defense than pepper spray cans.

As McClane leaves the payphone area, he collides with Colonel Stuart. McClane momentarily recognizes Stuart's face, but cannot remember where he has seen him. He shrugs it off, and the two men continue on their separate ways. Stuart does a double take on McClane as he disappears into the crowd.

At a small rundown church in a snowy field on the edge of the airport, an airport service van arrives out front. Baker and Thompson climb out, disguised as utility workers. Inside, the church's custodian is having an early dinner and watching a newscast on Esperanza's extradition when Baker knocks on the door. The custodian answers, and Baker says that he and Thompson have come to inspect the conduit box in the church's backyard. Although the unsuspecting custodian claims not to know of any utility lines, he lets them in. As Baker and Thompson enter, a plane takes off from a runway right next to the church. The custodian leads Baker and Thompson down the aisle of the church while musing about the church's impending closure and the news broadcast continues in the background. He points out that he's been with the church for many years, and he feels like a piece of him is dying along with it. Baker tells the custodian that he's right about that and then suddenly shoots him with a pistol. Thompson turns off the TV, punches a three digit descrambler code into his radio, and reports to Stuart, "This is Buckwheat. The clubhouse is open." He and Baker then shift pews aside to create a larger space in the middle of the church.

We see another broadcast on Esperanza's extradition from Samantha Coleman, reporting from inside the terminal. The camera pans to a phone booth, where Garber, Stuart's second-in-command, is finishing up a radio call with him. He then joins Miller and Cochrane at the bar. Garber relays from Stuart that everyone else is in position and ready. He asks Cochrane for a weather report, and Cochrane, who is listening in on a radio broadcast, reports flurries all along the Virginia coast and a new storm front moving in, one much larger than the initial one currently affecting the area. Miller and Garber grin at the good news. Garber's grin quickly fades and he instructs them to continue their assignments. They synchronize watches, and then Miller picks up a gift-wrapped package and leaves.

As Miller departs, he passes McClane, who is waiting for Holly's plane. As he idly smokes a cigarette, McClane's gaze happens to settle on Garber and Cochrane talking. When two airport cops walk into the bar, Cochrane instinctively removes his earbud and Garber slides his package further under the table, as if trying to hide it. McClane sees that the men are wearing combat books with their pant legs bloused over them. Then Cochrane stands up to leave, and McClane notices what looks like a pistol and shoulder holster under his jacket. Suspecting something is up, he goes over to the two airport cops to ask them to follow Cochrane, but backs off when he notices that one of them is the guy who just had his car towed.

Meanwhile, Samantha Coleman is interviewing two Justice Department officials who refuse to tell her why they're in the airport. She spots Colonel Stuart and Garber conversing and walking through the crowd on the other side of the terminal. Garber is informing Stuart that someone in personnel has fallen ill and there is a last-minute replacement on hand, and asks him about the security at the airport. Stuart assures him that security is like they figured: a joke.

McClane sees Cochrane go through a door leading to the luggage handling area. He asks a baggage handler to unlock the door and call for help, and weaves his way through the conveyor belts. He finds Miller and Cochrane apparently tampering with equipment. McClane interrupts to inform them that they are in a restricted area. Miller claims that they work for the airline. Unconvinced, McClane asks to see identification. Miller and Cochrane suddenly whip out their pistols and open fire. McClane returns fire with his own pistol, but loses it when some luggage knocks his pistol onto another conveyor. He continues the fight against Miller with other tools, like golf clubs and an aerosol can. In the fight, Miller's two-way radio is knocked away. McClane manages to corner and kill Cochrane, crushing him in a baggage press and electrocuted, and tries to chase down Miller, who manages to escape when airport cops appear and draw their guns on McClane. As Cochrane's body is zipped up in a body bag, McClane is handed back his pistol, and, appalled that the press is crawling all over this news story, asks an airport cop to take him up to their boss.

While boarding her plane in LA, Holly sees that Richard Thornberg, the reporter from the Nakatomi incident a year before, is also on the plane, being denied a first-class seat. Thornberg demands that he not be seated in the same passenger compartment as Holly because of a 50-yard restraining order he'd filed against her. The flight staff, recalling a few unfavorable investigative stories about the airline industry that Thornberg had produced, tell him firmly to sit down. When one of the flight attendants asks Holly about the restraining order, she says she knocked out two of Thornberg's teeth.

As night falls on the church, Kahn and Burke are digging with pickaxes in the backyard. Baker, now out of his disguise, is on sentry duty, when Miller comes out of the woods by himself, having run all the way after escaping from McClane. Baker is somewhat crestfallen when Miller offhandedly mentions that Cochrane is dead. Inside, Colonel Stuart is marking measurements on a map of the airport when a shaken Miller comes in. He reports that a cop killed Cochrane, but Stuart is more concerned with whether or not Miller accomplished his goals. After Miller says yes, Stuart points out to him that although the damage is minimal, the penalty is severe, and he suddenly puts a pistol to Miller's forehead. Fortunately for Miller, the pistol is empty, but Stuart warns him that he won't be so lucky if he fails again.

McClane, still believing something more serious is about to happen, tries to report his suspicions to airport police captain Carmine Lorenzo, who refuses to believe him (more focused on the number of airport misconduct laws McClane violated in his shootout with Cochrane and Miller) and throws him out of his office. Needing a plan, McClane sees Cochrane's body on the stretcher, and steals some paper and an ink pad from a rental car clerk. He catches up to the morgue attendants as they are about to load the body into the ambulance, and takes fingerprints from the right hand. He then faxes the fingerprints to Powell over in Los Angeles. Powell agrees to run the prints through various databases to see if any hits come up.

Up in the skies, the F16 fighter jets escorting Esperanza's plane out of Val Verde turn away and leave the aircraft as they leave the danger area. The pilots converse in Spanish, estimating a 3½ hour flight time to the United States. In the back of the plane, Esperanza asks to have his leg shackles loosened, but the young soldier guarding him points out that he is not allowed to do that. Esperanza praises the guard's loyalty, and asks him to light his cigarette. He then checks his watch, and the action shifts back to the church, where Stuart is overseeing his men as they set up equipment. Kahn is installing a radar dish in the bell tower while Burke uses an acetylene torch to break into the conduit box, allowing them to patch into the airport's systems.

Up in the control tower, Trudeau, the airport's chief of operations, shows Chief Engineer Leslie Barnes the weather radar to inform him of a larger storm front coming in from the north. Barnes decides that to allow him adequate time to plow the runways between landing aircraft, he will need to reduce landing frequencies. Trudeau agrees with the request and orders the controllers to slow their planes down to avoid having any congestion. This will affect all aircraft heading in to Dulles, including Holly's plane.

McClane gets the prints back from Powell and learns that the man he killed was Sgt. Oswald Cochrane, an American adviser who operated in Honduras. Powell notes that Cochrane evidently faked his death, as he was presumed killed two years ago in a helicopter crash, and he was involved in a number of black bag operations during his army service. As McClane takes Cochrane's service record and heads for the tower, Samantha Coleman spots him and tries to speak with him, but much like Stuart, he brushes her off.

Up in the tower, an exasperated Trudeau tells Barnes and Lorenzo that Washington National Airport has just been shut down because their runway is iced up, meaning Dulles will be heavily strained by being forced to accommodate both its own aircraft and National's flights, combined with the bad weather. Lorenzo is complaining to Trudeau about the press's obsession with the dead mercenary, and how the story has ended up on the evening newscasts, much worse since these reporters were already swarming over the Esperanza story. He admits that while he would like to eject all of the reporters from the airport, he also doesn't want to violate the First Amendment or risk the ACLU suing them into oblivion. At that point, McClane comes in to the tower, and gives Trudeau the report on Cochrane's military service, despite Lorenzo's objections. Trudeau believes McClane's suspicions that there is a situation at the airport.

In the church's backyard, Burke breaks into the conduit box with a torch. He radios to Stuart that their systems are ready, and they activate their equipment, showing that the church has been transformed into a miniature version of the control tower's infrastructure.

In the tower, McClane, Trudeau, Barnes and Lorenzo are startled when all the runway and taxiway lights suddenly shut off. The tower erupts in chaos as Barnes tries to figure out what is going on and how to resolve the problem, and controllers frantically work to get their aircraft back into the sky and out of danger.

The henchmen sever cables for the ILS and approach control systems, and Trudeau has to get on the intercom to calm all of the controllers. He declares code red and gives specific instructions to what the incoming planes are to do: shunt all aircraft to their alternate airports except those that have started their approaches, who are to continue circling the airport, including Holly's aircraft.

Stuart calls the tower on a phone patched into the utilities. He demands a cargo-converted 747 fully-fueled and available within an hour, and he will be landing Esperanza's aircraft on a runway of his choice, though he avoids mentioning Esperanza by name. Making it clear that he is serious, he warns of severe penalties if the airport tries to restore their systems. McClane tries to help, but Lorenzo ejects him from the tower, as well as Coleman, who somehow managed to sneak in. As they head down the elevator, McClane escapes by climbing out the roof hatch. Coleman tries to ask him for a few words, but McClane refuses. She admits that she's already heard this from Colonel Stuart. McClane, realizing who his adversary is, continues his escape. When the elevator is greeted by two airport cops at the bottom, they wonder why Coleman is alone, and she shrugs, admitting that McClane is "claustrophobic".

Up above, Barnes and his engineers try to restore communication with the planes. They then realize that a new transmitter in an under-construction terminal might be functional. Trudeau and Lorenzo converse with Barnes, who explains he can get the systems on the under-construction Annex Skywalk up and running within a half hour, and the planes won't need to change frequencies to communicate with them.

McClane has made his way through the subterranean basement. He is suddenly drawn towards the sound of music on a phonograph and finds himself in a small basement apartment. He is startled by the appearance of Marvin, an airport janitor, who gives him directions to the Annex Skywalk, which McClane realizes is a great location to carry out an ambush. To get there, McClane first must walk a narrow beam over one of the boilers. Once across, he crawls into a ventilation duct, complaining that he never gets to have a normal Christmas.

Meanwhile, Trudeau gives a last message out to the circling planes to request that they circle until they can restore the systems. Every flight still listed on the departures and arrival boards change their statuses to "DELAYED", frustrating the people waiting for arriving passengers.

Barnes packs up his tool case, and a five-man SWAT team comes to escort him to the Skywalk. As they walk, he complains to them that restoring communications with a SWAT escort wasn't part of his job description. Though the sergeant promises to watch Barnes's back, Barnes is not reassured. When he gets to the Skywalk, Barnes calls Trudeau to report in, as he and his escort team make their way down a moving sidewalk. At the other end of the sidewalk, O'Reilly, Sheldon, Shockley and Mulkey, disguised as painters and maintenance staff, are waiting to ambush them. O'Reilly is standing at the end of the moving sidewalk, while Shockley and Mulkey are stationed behind some other equipment lying on the ground, and Sheldon is stationed on the scaffolding and pretending to paint the ceiling. As the SWAT escorts are nearing the end of the sidewalk, O'Reilly presses the stop button, bringing the walkway to a sudden halt and nearly knocking Barnes and the five SWAT officers off their feet. The sergeant yells at O'Reilly, who then turns his back to them. The team continues walking, failing to see Mulkey, Shockley and Sheldon drawing submachine guns.

As the SWAT officers come up on O'Reilly, the annoyed officer on point asks him what he looks like. O'Reilly suddenly turns around, a pistol in his right hand and a submachine gun in his left, and replies, "A sitting duck!" He promptly shoots the officer in the face, then dives for cover as the remaining SWAT officers raises their rifles and fire at him. Sheldon, Shockley, and Mulkey also open fire as well. As bullets fly, Barnes jumps over the sidewalk railing and dives for cover. He almost gives himself away when flying glass shards slice a nasty gash across his left arm. While Barnes hunkers down, Sheldon guns down a SWAT officer firing a shotgun at him. The third officer shoots Shockley, only for himself and another officer to be shot dead by Mulkey. The fifth and last officer fires a burst across the sidewalk railing. Sheldon turns his submachine gun and riddles the officer with bullets even as he tries to draw his backup pistol. The officer is thrown backwards through a plate glass pane and falls on his back. Barnes reaches and successfully grabs his tool case.

The shooting suddenly ceases, and everything goes silent, except for the sound of the heating system. Barnes suddenly realizes that he is all alone, and looks around nervously, to see if anyone is hiding to ambush him. He fails to see O'Reilly creeping up behind him until he puts a pistol to his head. As O'Reilly prepares to pull the trigger, a ventilation grate over his head suddenly is pushed out. O'Reilly looks up and catches it on reflex. McClane appears and fires his pistol at the disarmed O'Reilly until his bullets drill straight through the grate and through O'Reilly's body. As O'Reilly crumples dead, Sheldon and Mulkey open fire on McClane, who returns fire. During a brief lull, McClane jumps down, and Barnes uses this distraction to run for his life as McClane fires on Sheldon and Mulkey.

McClane jumps over O'Reilly's body and dives onto the Skywalk, firing upwards at Sheldon. Mulkey reloads his submachine gun and fires on McClane. McClane rolls across the floor while firing at Mulkey, and is driven underneath Sheldon's scaffolding. Mulkey continues firing until his gun jams. Figuring out where Sheldon is, McClane reloads his pistol and begins shooting upwards through several wooden boards. Sheldon contorts himself to avoid McClane's bullets as he reloads, then fires downwards, driving McClane out into the open. McClane hurriedly pushes the metal scaffolding support, which eventually gives way. Sheldon continues shooting until he falls off the toppling scaffolding. He has a split second to scream as the platform lands on him and crushes him.

McClane fires his pistol at Mulkey across the gallery until another part of the scaffolding falls on him and knocks his pistol onto the moving sidewalk. Mulkey, seeing his enemy immobilized, furiously ejects his submachine gun's magazine and jumps onto the sidewalk, cursing at McClane. At that point, McClane grabs a piece of fallen metal pipe to start up the moving sidewalk. Mulkey notices McClane's pistol lying on the ground and sprints towards it, hoping to finish his foe off with it, but McClane grabs it first and empties the remainder of his magazine into Mulkey at close range. Barnes then frees McClane from the scaffolding pinning him down and stops the walkway in its tracks. As he prepares to get up to check on the antenna system, it suddenly explodes in a giant fireball, shattering the windows on the Skywalk. McClane and Barnes are unharmed.

On the plane, Thornberg tries to look out Holly's window, to her discomfort, and he notices another plane not far away. He insists that he has an obligation to show the world what the people want to know, but Holly is not above reminding him that he endangered her family.

Back on the Skywalk, paramedics are removing the bodies of the SWAT officers killed by Stuart's team and the henchmen killed by McClane. McClane is bandaging Barnes's arm while Barnes is on the phone with Trudeau. There is a distraction when McClane hears a garbled noise coming from Shockley's body. He rolls Shockley over and pulls out Shockley's radio, the source of the garbled radio chatter. The noise is Garber, trying to hail the Annex soldiers on the radio. Because the three digit code hasn't been punched in, his voice sounds scrambled. Garber turns to Stuart, who looks concerned. Barnes analyzes the radio, determining that with a three-digit descrambler code, and over a million possible combinations, it would have been easier if one of the men had punched the code in and tried to communicate with Stuart before they were shot.

At the church, Stuart learns what happened when Kahn comes down from the choir loft after overhearing Barnes' phone call, and he is not happy to find that his Annex team has been killed. He promptly calls up the tower and declares to the controllers that they will pay the penalty. McClane communicates through Barnes's tie-in phone to Stuart, and is rudely berated by Lorenzo, who is cut off when he notices from Trudeau's look that he has just betrayed McClane's identity. Stuart makes clear what he plans to show by rescuing Esperanza, then hangs up. Stuart turns to Thompson and asks him to find a flight that is low on fuel and will need priority landing. Thompson gives him the info slip for Windsor Airlines Flight 114, a Douglas DC-8 en route from London Heathrow Airport. Thompson then resets the ILS ground level to 200 feet below actual ground level. Stuart impersonates an approach controller to contact the Windsor flight, and instructs them to come in for an ILS landing on Runway 29. McClane realizes what Stuart wants to do and runs over to the window. He grabs two pipes, a lighter and some rags. Barnes uses a painter's uniform to lower McClane to the ground, and McClane heads for the runway, wearing Barnes's firefighter's coat.

As they pass the outer marker beacon, the pilots restart communication with Stuart, who is using his normal voice to pose as the control tower. McClane lights the rags with his cigarette lighter, and uses the pipes as improvised torches and waves frantically to signal the incoming plane. Trudeau and Lorenzo spot him out on the runway, and realize what McClane is trying to do, though they take concern that he might be endangering himself.

As the plane gets into range, McClane signals more frantically, but this proves useless as the aircraft flies overhead. The pilots panic when they see they are barreling towards the runway at a faster-than-normal descent rate, but before they have time to correct, the plane slams into the runway with such force that the landing gear collapses. Sparks produced by the underbelly as it slides down the runway cause the fumes in the ruptured tanks to ignite. The plane promptly explodes in a fireball, sending debris flying everywhere, instantly killing all everyone on board. Stuart then picks up the phone and coldly informs the tower that future lessons can be averted if the escape plane is available on time and the men in the tower don't interfere with Esperanza's aircraft.

First responders race to the crash site and start a search-and-rescue operation, but it is a fruitless effort. McClane walks through the burning wreckage, dazed and in a trance, when he picks up a girl's doll, found near the remains of the landing gear. In the tower, we see a doctor treating the cut Barnes received on his arm during the Skywalk shootout. Trudeau comes up to him and orders him to find a way to warn the planes still circling over Dulles about the new impending danger. Trudeau feels McClane's emotions and informs him that they are summoning a Special Forces unit to take out Stuart and his men.

The Army's Blue Light unit, headed by Major Grant, arrives on the tarmac in two choppers. Up in the tower, Barnes and his engineers try to communicate to their planes. When one engineer mentions that the headwinds are slamming aircraft on the outer marker, Barnes gets an idea, and uses the outer marker beacons frequency to address all circling aircraft. He does not know that Thornberg is listening in with his soundman's radio mike and is writing everything down.

Unfortunately for McClane, the army and DOJ see him as a civilian and eject him from the situation briefing. He returns to Marvin's basement apartment and asks for a way to the pilots' briefing room. However, he gets something better: he overhears a radio communication between Stuart and Garber. McClane moves a few charts beside to find that Marvin has acquired the radio Miller had lost during his fight with McClane in the baggage room.

In the church, Stuart is briefing his henchmen when Thompson informs him that Esperanza's plane is making contact. Stuart instructs the tower via phone not to interfere, then impersonates the control tower again to contact the plane. He instructs Esperanza's pilots to land the aircraft on a different runway from the one that they have been assigned to land on.

In preparation for landing, Esperanza kills the guard with the chain of his handcuffs, then unlocks his leg restraints with the guard's key. Just as the pilot is pointing out that Stuart is giving them orders contrary to their instructions, Esperanza sneaks into the cockpit and puts a pistol to the pilot's head, and orders him to acknowledge Stuart's instructions. After a moment's hesitation, the pilot does so. At that point, the co-pilot tries to grab for the gun. In the struggle, a bullet is discharged, which kills the copilot and ricochets, blowing out a window and causing a decompression. Esperanza then puts his pistol to the pilot's head, reassures him that landing will not be his problem, then shoots him. He then pulls out one of Stuart's special radios from behind the console and makes a mayday call, which Stuart intercepts. He redirects Esperanza to another runway that will give him a direct approach.

Listening on the radio he got from Marvin, McClane makes his way to the runway in question and meets Esperanza's plane just as he touches down. McClane confronts Esperanza, but is then ambushed by Stuart's henchmen. McClane shoots Esperanza in the shoulder and also kills Thompson. McClane hides in the cockpit, and Esperanza and Kahn use a pipe to barricade the door. Kahn then shoots up the cockpit door, which proves to be bulletproof. He helps Esperanza off the aircraft and Stuart runs over to check on him. Learning Esperanza's story of the mystery cop, Stuart realizes that it's McClane. He and his henchmen spray the cockpit with bullets in an attempt to give McClane "a military funeral". One bullet hits McClane in his hand. The mercenaries then throw hand grenades through the shattered windows of the cockpit. McClane escapes using the pilot's ejector seat just before the plane explodes. A parachute deploys, but Stuart and his men are forced to drive off in their SUV when they see crash tenders approaching from the terminal.

Grant and Lorenzo are frustrated with McClane trying to confront Esperanza and Stuart by himself, pointing out that Stuart might crash another plane in retaliation. Barnes pulls McClane aside and shows him some airport maps of underground utilities. This allows them to determine the possible location of where Stuart might be based.

McClane and Barnes drive to a suburban tract neighborhood on the edge of the airport. As they finish clearing several houses, they find the church and notice Baker walking around it on sentry duty, trying to be casual. Barnes stays back to call Lorenzo while McClane advances to get a closer look. Unfortunately, just as he gets close to the pickup truck parked out front, Holly tries calling him from an airphone, and his beeper goes off, giving McClane's position away. McClane manages to silence his beeper, but it is too late to stop Baker from suddenly attacking him. The fight continues while inside, Stuart tells Esperanza that the escape plane is being readied as they speak. At the same time, Grant's men are driving towards the church at speed. Grant tells his men they have a situation, and the team promptly don white ski masks and load blue-taped magazines into their weapons. After a brief brawl, Baker tries to draw a knife on McClane, but McClane shoves Baker away and stabs him in the eye with an icicle as Lorenzo's and Grant's troops arrive.

Grant and his team advance on the church, breaking a trip wire that tips off Stuart and his henchmen. Stuart learns of the invaders from Garber, and all of the henchmen go to work disabling their ATC equipment and fitting it with explosives while also swapping red-taped magazines on their submachine guns for ones with blue tape. A shootout ensues between Grant's men and Stuart's men, and Stuart's men escape out back, where they climb onto snowmobiles to make their getaway. McClane notices them. He guns down Garber and steals his snowmobile and submachine gun, and also shoots Burke off his snowmobile as well, while Stuart, Esperanza, Kahn and Miller ride off into the woods.

Stuart, Kahn and Miller set up a hiding spot on the path to ambush McClane, and Stuart changes his blue-tape magazine for one with red-tape. McClane fires on the mercenaries, but none of his shots are lethal despite his excellent aim, and Stuart's men shoot the snowmobile, causing the gas tank to explode. McClane jumps off just as the snowmobile goes airborne and goes up in a fireball. McClane picks up the gun he fired and examines the magazine, suddenly shocked.

Meanwhile, Thornberg contacts his news studio and sends a recording of Barnes' message through to the editors. Stuart meanwhile calls the tower and asks Trudeau to send a ground crew to check on the plane. Grant hears this and tells Stuart off via his radio tie-in to the tower phones. He and his troops then take off in their trucks while instructing Lorenzo to return to the airport with his men.

As Thornberg prepares to go live, Grant's truck drives towards the hangar where Stuart's escape plane is being prepared. Some of the men crack an army joke on the last-minute replacement, Cpl. Telford, wondering what he was doing while they were in Grenada. Telford suddenly wishes that he was with them, and Grant says he wishes the same, commenting that if that were the truth, they "wouldn't have to do this". He promptly slits Telford's throat with a knife, then pulls out a radio and communicates to "Eagle Nest", revealed to be Colonel Stuart, that his team is in position.

McClane, meanwhile, falls into Marvin's basement, dazed. Marvin rushes McClane to Lorenzo's office on his janitor's cart. McClane shows that Grant and Stuart are working together by firing at Lorenzo with Garber's weapon: the blue-taped magazines contain blank ammunition, which Grant and Stuart used to make their firefight look authentic. Convinced that Grant and Stuart are working together, Lorenzo calls for assembly of his men.

Onboard Holly's plane, Thornberg goes live with the tape, and his broadcast is played on TVs throughout the airport. Mass panic erupts when the people in the terminal flee the airport, believing Thornberg saying it's been seized by terrorists. McClane and Lorenzo's men find their troubles escalated while trying to move out towards the hangar. The car McClane and Lorenzo get into also contains Lorenzo's brother Vito - the officer who towed McClane's in-laws' car. Trudeau curses when he notices the mass panic on a surveillance camera from the tower. Holly, realizing what Thornberg is doing, grabs her seatmate's taser, sneaks into the bathroom, and zaps Thornberg, ending the broadcast.

Grant and his troops arrive in the hangar and meet Esperanza, Stuart, Kahn and Miller. They get on the 747 they demanded and prepare for departure.

McClane and Lorenzo have barely gone a few feet when their vehicle collides with a taxi in the chaos. McClane sees Samantha Coleman and her cameraman and asks to hitch a ride on their chopper, which catches up to the escape plane. As McClane is unloaded onto the wing, he overhears the pilots of Holly's plane radioing in that they are out of fuel and need to land as soon as possible. McClane blocks the ailerons on the plane's left wing with his firefighter's jacket, which Esperanza notices in the cockpit. Grant goes out to the wing to check on the wings, and puts up a fight with McClane, who overpowers him. Grant falls into the inboard engine on the wing and is ripped apart by the turbines. Stuart comes out and fights McClane off the plane, but not before he manages to open a valve that causes fuel to leak from the tank. As the plane takes off, McClane calmly pulls out a cigarette lighter and ignites the trail of leaking fuel. The fire runs down the runway and up into the air, blowing the plane up.

The pilots of Holly's plane see the trail and use it to land successfully, followed by the other planes. As Holly and McClane reunite, Lorenzo arrives and tears up McClane's parking ticket, since it's the holidays.


Michael Kamen, the first film's composer, returned for Die Hard 2, reprising several music cues from his Die Hard score (most notably during the action sequences), as well as adapting Jean Sibelius's "Finlandia" (similarly to his incorporation of Beethoven's 9th Symphony into Die Hard's score).

Unlike the previous film, a soundtrack album was released by Varèse Sarabande.


Actor/actress Character(s)
Bruce Willis John McClane
Bonnie Bedelia Holly McClane
William Atherton Thornberg
Reginald VelJohnson Al Powell
Franco Nero Esperanza
William Sadler Stuart
John Amos Grant
Dennis Franz Carmine Lorenzo
Art Evans Barnes
Fred Dalton Thompson Trudeau
Tom Bower Marvin
Sheila McCarthy Samantha Coleman
Don Harvey Garber
Tony Ganios Baker
Peter Nelson Thompson
Robert Patrick O'Reilly
Michael Cunningham Sheldon
John Leguizamo Burke
Tom Verica Kahn
John Costelloe Sgt. Cochrane
Vondie Curtis Hall Miller
Mark Boone Junior Shockley
Ken Baldwin Mulkey
Danny Weselis
Jeff Langton
Gregg Kovan
Danial Donai
Bob Cheli
Vincent Joseph Mazzella Jr.
Dale Jacoby
Blue Light Team
Don McGovern Lt.Sherman
Blue Light Team
Pat O'Neal Cpl. Telford
Ben Lemon Sergeant
Jason Ross-Azikiwe Second Sergeant
Anthony Droz Soldier
Michael Francis Clarke Pilot Northeast Plane
Steve Pershing Co-Pilot
Tom Everett Navigator
Sherry Bilsing
Karla Tamburrelli
Jeanne Bates Older Woman
Colm Meaney Pilot Windsor Plane
Steffen Gregory Foster Co-Pilot
James Lancaster Navigator
Amanda Hillwood
Felicity Waterman
Alan Berger Passenger
Vance Valencia Pilot Foreign Military Plane
Gilbert Garcia Co-Pilot
Julian Reyes Young Corporal
Richard Domeier Cameraman WNTW
David Katz Soundman
Robert Lipton Chopper Pilot
Robert Steinberg Victor WZDC
Paul Abascal Director
John Rubinow Producer
Bob Braun
Dominique Jennings
Carol Barbee
Jerry E. Parrott
Martin Lowery
Robert Sacchi
Dick McGarvin
Edward Gero
Stafford Morgan
Robert J. Bennett
Nick Angotti
Jim Hudson
Tom Finnegan
Thomas Tofel
Earl Bullock
Wynn Irwin
Rande Scott
Ken Smolka
Robert Costanzo Sgt. Lorenzo
Lauren Letherer Rent-A-Car Girl
Connie Lillo-Thieman Information Booth Girl
Ed DeFusco Morgue Worker
Charles Lanyer Rollins
Bill Smillie Custodian
Dwayne Hargray Luggage Worker
John Cade Lobby Cop
Paul Bollen
Joseph Roth
Airport Cops
David Willis Sr. Murray (Tow Truck Driver)
George Fisher
Dean Wein
Painters Deleted Scenes
Dru Berrymore Capt. Lorenzo's Secretary
Robert M. Bouffard
Michael Luggio
James Wellington
Police Officers
Jorga Caye Airport Patron
Reggie Squirt Luck Airport Cop
Russell McConnell Airport Engineer
Antonino Garcia Tony Holiday Airport Traveler
Mark Van Woert
Dana Vargas


  1. The film's onscreen title is Die Hard 2, and the film's official website referred to it as such. The film's original advertising used "Die Harder" as a tagline, and many releases of the film (such as the 2006 DVD and 2007 Blu-ray) came out under the title Die Hard 2: Die Harder. Several other official sources, such as the director's website and the Die Hard Trilogy video game, also refer to it with the subtitle.

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20th Century
Miracle on 34th Street (1955 remake) (1973 remake) (1994 remake) • Die HardDie Hard 2Home AloneHome Alone 2: Lost in New YorkGeorge Balanchine's The NutcrackerTrapped in ParadiseJingle All the WayHome Alone 4The Family StoneDeck the Halls12 Men of ChristmasHome Alone: The Holiday HeistJingle All the Way 2Home Sweet Home Alone
Television episodes and specials
20th Television
M*A*S*H "Dear Dad" • "Dear Sis" • "Death Takes a Holiday" • "All About Christmas Eve"
Tracey Ullman "Santa Baby" • "Kay's Gift" • "Merry Catnip"
The X Files "Christmas Carol" • "Emily" • "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas"
Malcolm in the Middle "Christmas" • "Christmas Trees" • "Pearl Harbor" • "Hal's Christmas Gift
Bones "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" • "The Santa in the Slush" • "The Goop on the Girl"
How I Met Your Mother "How Lily Stole Christmas" • "Little Minnesota" • "False Positive" • "Symphony of Illumination" • "The Over-Correction" • "The Final Page, Part 1" • "The Final Page, Part 2"
Glee "A Very Glee Christmas" • "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" • "Glee, Actually" • "Previously Unaired Christmas"
New Girl "The 23rd" • "Santa" • "LAXmas" • "Christmas Eve Eve"
The Mindy Project "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party" • "Christmas Party Sex Trap" • "Christmas" • "When Mindy Met Danny"
Last Man Standing "Last Christmas Standing" • "Putting a Hit on Christmas" • "Elfie" • "Wedding Planning" • "Gift of the Wise Man"
Other shows "Christmas Story" • "The Worst Noel" • "Haus Arrest" • "Amends" • "Blue Christmas" • "A Christmas Story" • "Cookies for Santa" • "In God We Trust" • "Road to Tradition" • "Afternoon Delight" • "Christmas" • "The Glitch That Stole Christmas" • "Secret Santa"
20th Television Animation
The Simpsons "Simpson Christmas" • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" • "Marge Be Not Proud" • "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" • "Grift of the Magi" • "Skinner's Sense of Snow" • "She of Little Faith" • "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" • "Simpson Christmas Stories" • "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" • "The Fight Before Christmas" • "Holidays of Future Passed" • "White Christmas Blues" • "I Won't Be Home for Christmas • "The Nightmare After Krustmas" • "'Tis the 30th Season" • "Bobby, It's Cold Outside" • "The Way of The Dog" • "A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas" • "Manger Things" • Feliz Navidad
King of the Hill "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" • "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" • "Hillennium" • "'Twas the Nut Before Christmas" • "The Father, the Son, and J.C." • "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" • "Ms. Wakefield"
Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Story Never" • "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" • "Rapture's Delight" • "A Cleveland Brown Christmas" • "Road to the North Pole" • "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" • "Murray Christmas" • "Season's Beatings" • "Die Semi-Hard" • "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" • "'Tis the Cleveland To Be Sorry" • "Minstrel Krampus" • "Christmas Guy" • "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" • "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin" • "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" • "Ninety North, Zero West" • "Gifted Me Liberty" • "Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas" • "Santa, Schmanta" • "Christmas is Coming" • "Yule. Tide. Repeat." • "The First No L" • "Christmas Crime" • "The Return of the King (of Queens)" • "Family Guy Christmas for Hulu"
Futurama "Xmas Story" • "A Tale of Two Santas" • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" • "I Know What You Did Next Xmas"
Bob's Burgers "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" • "Christmas in the Car" • "Father of the Bob" • "Nice-Capades" • "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" • "The Bleakening" • "Better Off Sled" • "Have Yourself a Maily Linda Christmas" • "Yachty or Nice" • "Gene's Christmas Break" • "The Plight Before Christmas" • "The Nightmare 2 Days Before Christmas"
Other cartoons "Hook's Christmas" • "A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman" • Olive, the Other ReindeerIce Age: A Mammoth Christmas • "The War on Grafelnik" • "Miracle on Culpepper Slims Boulevard" • "A Very Solar Holiday Opposites Special" • "Dip the Halls Adventure" • "Xmas with The Skanks Adventure"