Die Hard

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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...
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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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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; Branching version with the extended Power Shutdown Scene cut back in
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • UPC: 024543440864
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Cardboard sleeve
  • Time: 2:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,213

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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Die Hard
1. Landing in L.A.
2. Festival Flight
3. McClane Residence
4. Argyle
5. The Limo
6. Nakatomi Police
7. Takagi & Ellis
8. Reunited
9. Uninvited Guests
10. Separation Anxiety
11. Hostile Takeover
12. Disconnected Parties
13. Party Crashers
14. Meet Hans Gruber
15. Idustrialization & Men's Fashions
16. Fill in the Blanks
17. The Vault
18. False Alarm
19. I Promise I Won't Hurt You
20. Ho Ho Ho
21. Blood List
22. Mayday
23. Twinkie Patrol
24. The Shaft
25. Not a Creature Stirring
26. Welcome to the Party, Pal
27. Dick Thornburg
28. Mr. Mystery Guest
29. KFLW News
30. Missing Detonators
31. L.A.'s Finest
32. Going In
33. LAPD RV
34. Chair Bomb
35. Contract Negotiations
36. Issuing Demands
37. Hostage Terrorist, Terrorist Hostage
38. Johnson & Johnson
39. Cat and Mouse
40. Shoot the Glass
41. Powell's Confession
42. Merry Christmas From the FBI
43. McClane's Confession
44. Nightly News
45. Vendetta
46. Meeting Mrs. McClane
47. Choppers up the Ass
48. The Roof
49. Escape Plan Foiled
50. Showdown
51. Happy Trails, Hans
52. Partner's Meet
53. Powell's Comeback
54. Let It Snow
55. End Credits
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Die Hard
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary
         Commentary by John McTiernan & Jackson DeGovia
         Scene Specific Commentary by Richard Edlund
         Commentary is Only Available on the Theatrical Version
      Text Commentary
      Extended Branching Version
         Play Branching Version
         Play Theatrical Version
   Language Selections
      Languages: DTS English
      Languages: English 5.1 Surround
      Languages: French Dolby Surround
      Commentary
         Commentary by John McTiernan & Jackson DeGovia
         Scene Specific Commentary by Richard Edlund
         Commentary is Only Available on the Theatrical Version
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fun action flick!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Die Hard: Quintessential Defining Action Movie

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Quarterback Is Toast!

    "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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    so much action you'll choke on it

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Action Movie Ever

    Die Hard is packed full of excellent action and suspense, a must see.

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