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Die Hard (1988)

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User Rating: 8.1/10 (109,105 votes)
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John McTiernan
Writers (WGA):
Roderick Thorp (novel)
Jeb Stuart (screenplay) ...
Release Date:
15 July 1988 (USA) more view trailer
Action / Crime / Thriller more
It will blow you through the back wall of the theater! more
Plot Outline:
New York cop John McClane gives terrorists a dose of their own medicine as they hold hostages in an LA office building. more
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations more
User Comments:
How An Action Movie Should Be Made more


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131 min
English / German / Italian
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 more
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) / Dolby (35 mm prints)
Malaysia:18SG / Canada:AA (Ontario) (re-rating) (2001) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) / Germany:16 (re-rating) / Finland:K-16 (1989) (cut) / Argentina:16 / Peru:14 / Iceland:16 / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2001) / Canada:R (Manitoba) / USA:R (certificate #29160) / West Germany:16 (cut) (video premiere) / Finland:K-15 (DVD version) / Finland:K-18 (1988) (uncut) / Australia:M / Ireland:18 / Netherlands:16 / Norway:15 / Norway:18 (original rating) / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / France:U / Hong Kong:IIB / Japan:PG-12 / Spain:18
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John McTiernan turned the script down several times. He felt it was a nasty piece of work. When he was finally persuaded to take on the assignment, he was able to lighten some of the film's darker edges. more
Factual errors: John McClane arrives in Los Angeles at 6 PM on Christmas Eve during a sunset. However, it would already be dark, since sunset is at 5:17. more
[first lines]
Businessman: You don't like flying, do you?
John McClane: What gives you that idea?
Businessman: You want to know the secret to surviving air travel? After you get where you're going, take off your shoes and your socks then walk around on the rug bare foot and make fists with your toes.
John McClane: Fists with your toes?
Businessman: I know, it sounds crazy. Trust me, I've been doing it for nine years. Yessir, better than a shower and a hot cup of coffee.
John McClane: OK.
[the businessman sees a gun in McClane's pocket]
John McClane: It's okay. I'm a cop. Trust me, I've been doing this for eleven years.
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade (2005) (TV) more


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How An Action Movie Should Be Made, 14 August 2004
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute , Scotland

1988 and the undisputed number one action star was that Austrian body builder with the funny name with that monosylabic guy from ROCKY in second place . The thing I hated about Arnie and Sly is that their action movies were uninvolving with over blown battle scenes where the good guys never seemed to be in danger of dying . I was also going to bring the James Bond franchise into the conversation but the series became a parody when Bond stopped speaking with a Scottish accent sometime in the early 70s

DIE HARD is different to the other 80s action fests with John McLane being a fairly believable genre character . Okay he`s two dimensional but that`s got to be one dimension more than John Rambo who only exists to kill a lot of nasty commies so Americans can flock to the cinema . It`s also interesting to note that McLane`s wife is used in the plot which is slightly different from how most action films work out where the hero is normally single , but that`s probably because DIE HARD as more depth to it than many contemparies. Perhaps the biggest difference is that McLane is slightly flawed as we`re shown one scene where the hero gives the bad guys something they want , not something you`d see in a Arnie or Sly movie . I won`t mention the stunts or the tightly written set pieces or how compelling they are because everyone else has beat me to it , except to say that big explosions and gun fights often overwhelm an action movie ( Bond movies are a good example ) but here they occur from the narrative instead of someone cramming them into the script in a vain attempt to thrill the audience .

Normally I`d have a fit that an action blockbuster is well inside the IMDB top 250 but DIE HARD does deserve to be there since it`s the best movie of its type of its era .

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