Die Hard

Die Hard

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Director: John McTiernan

Cast: 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… See more details below

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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
All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
UPC:
0024543482413
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:12:00
Sales rank:
33,888

Special Features

Commentary by director John McTiernan and production designer Jackson DeGovia; Scene-specific commentary by special effects supervisor Richard Edlund; Subtitle commentary by various cast and crew; Personal scene selections - enhanced for D-Box Motion; control systems; The News Casts featurette; Interactive still gallery; Interactive articles from Cinefex and American Cinematographer; Full-length screenplay; Trailers & TV spots

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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