What do Speed, Cliffhanger, Air Force One, and Sudden Death have in common? The hero is not in familiar territory at the start of the film.
And these two films have pretty much the same plot.
The sequel to the popular Paul Hogan vehicle from the mid-1980s debuted in theaters on May 25, 1988 – two months before Die Hard arrived on July 15.
He has flown from New York to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his estranged wife and children.
He has a gun on him, but it’s okay because he’s a police officer.
The first time we see Mick Dundee, he is in a boat throwing sticks of dynamite into the Hudson River as a unique method of fishing.
The police arrive in a helicopter and are about to arrest him when they realize he’s just getting breakfast in his wild Australian way, and they let him off with a warning.
She is their only hostage, and Dundee spends the first half of the film trying to rescue her.
The hero has a tense first fight with a single bad guy.
Mc Clane attempts to get the police to come to the rescue by pulling a fire alarm, but his actions are nullified and they alert the terrorists to his presence.
One of them tries to get the jump on Mc Clane, but he is outsmarted and quickly dispatched.
The hero isn’t currently on the best terms with his significant other.