Video Release: January 29, 2013
Studio: 20th Century Fox
The third installment of the "Die Hard" series. Hard-luck New York cop John McClane realizes once again that trouble always has a way of finding him.
This time it comes in the form of Simon, whose brother Hans Gruber was the villainous mastermind killed by McClane in the first "Die Hard." Simon sets out to avenge Hans's death in a rather perverse manner: periodically, he plants a bomb somewhere in New York City (a subway car or an elementary school, for example). Then he calls McClane with a difficult riddle, and a time allotment for solving it. The answer to the riddle reveals the bomb site.
McClane and Zeus, a Black shopkeeper who saves McClane's life and then is forced to join him, wind up in numerous deadly situations as they continuously struggle to save the Big Apple from Simon's bombs. But Simon has other devious plans besides killing McClane: namely to rob the Federal Reserve Bank -- which houses more gold than Fort Knox...
The much put-upon John McClane is targeted by a psychotic terrorist who uses New York City as a dartboard for his bombing strikes while McClane tries to avoid becoming the bull's eye. This time the wily cop is assisted by a civilian explosives expert named Zeus Carver (Jackson).
Color by Technicolor; filmed in anamorphic widescreen. Prints by DeLuxe.
"Die Hard with a Vengeance" opened in the USA on May 19, 1995. It grossed $22.2 million during its opening weekend.
The film earned $100 million at the box office, making it the 7th highest grossing film for 1995. But the overseas market was a different story, as the movie grossed a whopping $254 million outside the U.S. -- making it the #1 film of the year worldwide.
The plot for this film is based on Jonathan Hensleigh's screenplay "Simon Says."
Additional cast: Sharon Washington (Officer Jane); Stephen Pearlman (Dr. Schiller); and Mischa Hausserman (Mischa).
Additional credits: Charles Zalben (2nd Unit UPM); Lori Stilson (wardrobe for Bruce Willis); Symphony Seattle (score performers); Barbara Hipkiss (casting associate); Mischa Hausserman (aerial coordinator); Danny Aiello II (pilot); Cristina Bartolucci (makeup for Bruce Willis); and Richard W. Cross (special effects supervisor)
"Summer in the City" composed and performed by The Lovin'
"Off Minor" composed and performed by Thelonious Monk
"Got It Going On" composed and performed by Ted Silbert &
"The Fat Outro" performed by Extra Prolific
"Got It Covered" performed by Fu-Schnickens
"Gift Rapped" and "Westwood on a Friday Night" composed &
performed by Mark Mangini
Copyright 1995 20th Century Fox and Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Inc.