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Die Hard
     

Die Hard

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Director: John McTiernan, Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Cast: John McTiernan, Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

 

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It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his

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It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah. Until Die Hard came along, Bruce Willis was merely that wisecracking guy on Moonlighting. After the film's profits started rolling in, Willis found himself one of the highest-paid and most sought-after leading men in Hollywood.

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John McTiernan's Die Hard introduced a type of character that hadn't been seen much in big-budget action films of the 1980s: the working class hero. Apart from Sylvester Stallone's Rambo movies and some of the cruder, decidedly low-budgeted, martial-arts movies starring Chuck Norris, there wasn't a precedent for Bruce Willis's gruff John McClane. In contrast to its predecessors, Die Hard was such a high-profile production that Willis was suddenly elevated to the status of cultural icon, not unlike Sean Connery and his alter ego James Bond. Willis and McTiernan can take credit for bringing back the kind of distinctly American, masculine swagger John Wayne used to bring to his roles, albeit with a dirtier lexicon of catch-phrases than Wayne ever would've used on camera. The director and his crew of special effects experts could also take credit for a series of explosions that rivaled the combined fire-power and energy expended in Wayne's The Hellfighters, Back To Bataan, The Sands of Iwo Jima, Chisum, and The Longest Day combined. It's a testament to Willis' star power that his work in this vein is still taken seriously at the box-office, as evidenced by Die Hard: With a Vengeance, and not yet an object of excessive burlesque or parody -- something that cannot be said of Stallone's 1990s action pictures. Bruce Eder
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John McTiernan's Die Hard introduced a type of character that hadn't been seen much in big-budget action films of the 1980s: the working-class hero. Apart from Sylvester Stallone's first Rambo movie and some of the cruder, decidedly low-budget martial arts movies starring Chuck Norris, there wasn't a precedent for Bruce Willis's gruff John McClane. In contrast to its predecessors, Die Hard was such a high-profile production that Willis was suddenly elevated to the status of cultural icon, not unlike Sean Connery and his alter ego, James Bond. Willis and McTiernan can take credit for bringing back the kind of distinctly American, masculine swagger John Wayne used to bring to his roles, albeit with a dirtier lexicon of catchphrases than Wayne ever would have used on camera. The director and his crew of special effects experts could also take credit for a series of explosions that rivaled the firepower and energy expended in Wayne's Hellfighters, Back to Bataan, Sands of Iwo Jima, Chisum, and The Longest Day.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2001
UPC:
0024543019695
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis John McClane
Alan Rickman Hans Gruber
Bonnie Bedelia Holly Gennero McClane
Alexander Godunov Karl
Reginald VelJohnson Sgt. Al Powell
William Atherton Thornburg
Paul Gleason Dwayne T. Robinson
De'Voreaux White Argyle
Hart Bochner Ellis
James Shigeta Takagi
Robert Davi Big Johnson
Grand L. Bush Little Johnson
Clarence Gilyard Theo
Bob A. Jennings Cameraman
Al Leong Uli
Bruno Doyon Franco
Andreas Wisniewski Tony
Joey Plewa Alexander
Lorenzo Caccialanza Marco
Gerard Bonn Kristoff
Dennis Hayden Eddie
Gary Roberts Heinrich
Hans Buhringer Fritz
Wilhelm von Homburg James
Bill Marcus City Engineer
Rick Ducommun City Worker
Matt Landers Capt. Mitchell
Carmine Zozzora Rivers
Dustyn Taylor Ginny
George Christy Hasseldorf
Anthony Peck Young Cop
Cheryl Baker Woman
Richard Parker Man
David Ursin Harvey Johnson
Mary Ellen Trainor Gail Wallens
Diana James Supervisor
Shelley Pogoda Dispatcher
Selma Archerd Hostage
Scot Bennett Hostage
Rebecca Broussard Hostage
Kate Finlayson Hostage
Shanna Higgins Hostage
Kym Malin Hostage
Taylor Fry Lucy McClane
Noah Land John Jr.
Betty Carvalho Paulina
Kip Waldo Convenience Store Clerk
Mark Goldstein Station Manager
Tracy Reiner Thornburg's Assistant
Rick Cicetti Guard
Fred Lerner Guard
Bill Margolin Producer
Bruce P. Schultz Cameraman
David Katz Soundman
Robert Lesser Businessman
Stella Hall Stewardess
Terri Lynn Doss Girl at Airport
Jon E. Greene Boy at Airport
P. Randall Bowers Kissing Man
Michele Laybourn Girl in Window

Technical Credits
John McTiernan Director
Beau Marks Associate Producer
Jackie Burch Casting
E.C. Chen Set Decoration/Design
Jan de Bont Cinematographer
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
Steven E. de Souza Screenwriter
Scott Eddo Makeup
Richard Edlund Special Effects
Art Fransen Consultant/advisor
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Charles Gordon Executive Producer
Roland Hill Set Decoration/Design
John R. Jensen Art Director
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Phillip Leonard Set Decoration/Design
John F. Link Editor
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Benjamin Rosenberg Asst. Director
Al di Sarro Special Effects
Joel Silver Producer
Jeb Stuart Screenwriter
Frank J. Urioste Editor
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer

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Die Hard 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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Die Hard is packed full of excellent action and suspense, a must see.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
I only recently watched Die Hard for the first time, although it'd been on my to-watch list for quite a while. I actually really enjoyed it. It had all the classic action film tropes: foreign-language-speaking bad guys, snappy dialogue, big, impressive explosions, absurdly incompetent police and federal agents, romance, and even, though I truly hate the word, bromance. In addition, I got to see Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman in two of the roles for which they're most famous. A particular treat in Alan Rickman's case, as I've managed, by some minor miracle, to miss seeing him portray a truly villainous character thus far...and Hans Gruber is an excellent villain! I'm not sure I'll immediately run out to see the sequels, but I definitely enjoyed this film enough to want to see what happens to John McClane next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Die Hard" brought a much-needed new perspective to the action genre, and although Bruce "John McClain" Willis is awesome, most of the credit must go to Alan "Hans Gruber" Rickman, the most erudite and charming (and "John Phillips"-clad) villains of all time (I believe that the AFI agrees) and his team of Eurotrash bad boys. This movie was a pleasant relief from the numerous Schwarzenegger and Stallone films (not that I don't love some of them) featuring one lowest-common-denominator catchphrase and a million explosions. This movie, on the other hand, has, in addition to a million explosions, witty dialogue, a great plot, engaging characters, and a satisfying ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Die Hard was the first and star making vehicle of excellent actor Bruce Willis. Here he plays his most famous role as NYPD John McClane, a cop who travels to LA to visit his estranged wife Holly Genaro [Bonnie Bedellia]. Upon arriving at the Holly's company Christmas party in a massive skyscrapper, terrorists led by Hans Gruber [Alan Rickman from "Harry Potter"] hold all the employees attending the part hostage as McClane narrowly escapes and attempts to fulfill his duties as a police officer and foil the terrorists plans while attempting to contact outside local authorities. What follows is a non stop thrilling action roller coaster of a movie. Bruce Willis' dry humor is hilarious, the action is awesome if somewhat unbelievable, the villian is well played, and supporting roles of his limo driver, the twinkie eating LA cop who comes to his aid, and the nosey reporter seeking fame are all great. Even Bruce once said that of the first three Die Hard movies this one was his favorite. Watch it, if you like cool movies you won't be disappointed! Check out the new Die Hard movie it's awesome.
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Try if you must, but Die Hard is the best action movie out there. No other movie can beat it with its contstant shoot outs and explosians, with the occasional memorible lines. Rent it, buy it, just remember to take it in small doses it's a lot of movie.
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