Die Hard (DVD)

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Product Details

Barcode
7321917016667
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Jan 1999
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Action
Sub-genre
Thriller
Region
Region 2
Year
1988
Language
English
Sound Format
Stereo
Studio
20th Century Fox
Runtime
127 min
Age Restriction
13LV
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Die Hard
Release Year
1988
Running Time
132 min
Language
English
Categories
Action/Adventure / Action / Blockbuster / Christmas / Classic Fight Scenes / Essential Cinema / Recommended / Terrorism / Theatrical Release / Thriller
Synopsis
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.
Notes
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
Director
John McTiernan
Star
Bruce Willis / Bonnie Bedelia / Hart Bochner / Robert Davi / Clarence Gilyard / Paul Gleason / Alexander Godunov / Alan Rickman / Mary Ellen Trainor / Reginald VelJohnson / De'voreaux White
Screenwriter
Steven E. De Souza / Jeb Stuart
Source Writer
Roderick Thorp / Author: Roderick Thorp
Composer
Michael Kamen
Producer
Lawrence Gordon / Joel Silver
Director of Photography
Jan de Bont
Editor
John F. Link / Frank J. Urioste
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)
Premiere
"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)