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58 Minutes is a 1987 novel by Walter Wager which served as the basis of Die Hard 2.


Frank Malone is a divorced NYPD captain who is waiting at JFK international airport in New York City for his young daughter to arrive from California, as he is going to spend Christmas with her. Unfortunately, a mysterious man known only as "Number 1" calls the control tower and tells the crew of the airport that he has cut the power to the runway lights of JFK and every airport in the vicinity and has hijacked their equipment, leaving them with only 58 minutes to meet their demands until the first plane, which carries Frank's daughter, runs out of fuel and crashes. With a massive blizzard coming in, the planes have nowhere else to go. Frank must jump into action and save his daughter and the passengers of the other planes, which are all circling overhead, in 58 minutes.

Die Hard 2 film adaptation and differences from the novel and first film[]

58 Minutes inspired the 1990 film, Die Hard 2, where John McClane is waiting at Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. for his wife's plane to arrive. At this time, he gets involved with a rogue team of seasoned professional mercenaries and crazed ex-military commandos, led by the cold-hearted Colonel Stuart, who says that the plane carrying General Ramon Esperanza will be landing in 58 minutes, which is a reference to the book. The film is quite different from the novel, but it still remains with the same basic chain of events and plot. What is more different, though, is the fact that Die Hard 2 is a different tone than its predecessor. Die Hard focused on heart stopping action scenes and a feel that John could die any moment because he and the terrorists were in the same building and were bound to meet up. Although Die Hard 2 took place in one location, the airport was a rarely used setting as most of the film took place outside the airport, on the runways. Instead, Die Hard 2 focused on a 'race against the clock' type feel to the story with less action sequences, and John rarely saw the terrorists. Die Hard was more of an action driven film, whereas Die Hard 2 was more of a story-driven film.