Die Hard (Blu-ray)
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On Christmas Eve, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) in Los Angeles, where she works. They are attending a party at Holly's high-rise office block when terrorists, led by the suave Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) break in, taking everyone hostage. McClane manages to evade capture, however, and sets out to rescue his wife and the other prisoners. It is not long before he is running barefoot over shattered glass (ouch!) in a sweaty vest, muttering 'Yippy kay aye' as he dispatches the baddies with bullets and a certain earthy wit.
- Movies & TV
- 3 Jun 2013
- Region B
- Secondary Languages
- Italian, Spanish
- Interactive Menus
- Enhanced WS tv
- Bonus Footage
- Commentary: John McTiernan (Director), Jack DeGovia (Production Designer), Richard Edlund
- 126 min
- Age Restriction
- Supply Source
- Die Hard
- Release Year
- Running Time
- 132 min
- Action/Adventure / Action / Blockbuster / Christmas / Classic Fight Scenes / Essential Cinema / Recommended / Terrorism / Theatrical Release / Thriller
- One of the greatest action movies of the late 1980s, DIE HARD ushered in a new standard for the genre. With the dissolution of the Cold War, both the stereotypical Russian threat (represented in movies such as TOP GUN and RED DAWN) and the destructive egoist (as seen in OCTOPUSSY) became less fearful. With DIE HARD, director John McTiernan introduced Hollywood to a new type of villain: the terrorist entrepreneur. Alan Rickman stars as Hans Gruber, a relentless businessman whose lethal tactics achieve his goals. Unlike most '80s film villains who committed globally dangerous acts for liberty, genocide, or megalomania, DIE HARD's Gruber uses guns, explosives, and cunning to storm the Takagi Corporation's Christmas party and heist millions of dollars from the company. In addition, DIE HARD also saw the development of the clumsy or bad luck hero with John McClane (Bruce Willis), a man in the wrong place at the wrong time who chooses to intervene. Action fans would see this misfit hero archetype again in UNDER SIEGE (Steven Segal) and THE PHANTOM MENACE (Jar Jar Binks). Although DIE HARD contains many action movie cliches (one-liners, pyrotechnics), it also broke new ground in its genre.
- Color by DeLuxe; shot in Panavision.
Estimated budget $28 million. Bruce Willis was reportedly paid $5 million to appear in the film.
Began shooting November 2, 1987; shot on location in Los Angeles, California.
Released theatrically in the USA July 20, 1988.
Shown at the London Film Festival November 27, 1988.
Film debut for British stage actor Alan Rickman.
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
- Cast & Crew
- John McTiernan
- Bruce Willis / Bonnie Bedelia / Hart Bochner / Robert Davi / Clarence Gilyard / Paul Gleason / Alexander Godunov / Alan Rickman / Mary Ellen Trainor / Reginald VelJohnson / De'voreaux White
- Michael Kamen
- Director of Photography
- Jan de Bont
- Production Designer
- Jackson De Govia
- Movie Critics
- Entertainment Weekly
- Rating: A-— Marc Bernardin (7 Jan 2000, pp.71-2)
- Los Angeles Times
- "...A triumph of well-oiled mechanical precision that performs miracles of destruction. As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, it is awesome..."— Kevin Thomas (15 Jul 1988, p.C1)
- New York Times
- "...It works....Relentless energy and smashing special-effects extravagance..."— Caryn James (15 Jul 1988, p.C12)
- "A seductive mix of machismo and humility, Willis reinvented the reluctant hero for the action age."— Premiere Staff (1 Apr 2004, p.64)
- Total Film
- "...DIE HARD is still the definitive action thriller. Alan Rickman delivers a deliciously ruthless Hollywood debut at the eloquent villain..."— Nev Pierce (1 Jun 2000, p.88)