Die Hard (1988)

 


 

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New York cop John McClane gives terrorists a dose of their own medicine as they hold hostages in an LA office building. Full summary »

Genre: Action,Crime,Thriller

Die Hard (1988)
   
Release Date: 15 July 1988 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: John McTiernan
Cast:
  • Bruce Willis
  • Alan Rickman
  • Bonnie Bedelia
  • Alexander Godunov
  • Reginald VelJohnson
  • William Atherton
  • Paul Gleason
  • Hart Bochner
  • James Shigeta
  • Andreas Wisniewski
  • Clarence Gilyard Jr.
  • De'voreaux White
  • Dennis Hayden
  • Bruno Doyon
  • Joey Plewa


33 Responses to Die Hard (1988)

  1. ollie-rocks
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    I’d say:

    Die Hard

    Die Hard 3

    Die Hard 4

    Die Hard 2

    anyone else agree/disagree?

    "Starting tonight, people will die. I’m a man of my word"

  2. Joana0808
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    I know, there is no better action movie out there. But if there is nothing like DH, at least, please name me some movies to compare with. I don’t know many action movies. After watching DH (I for at least 50 times, II-III for ca. 20 times) I’m getting desperated…

    WHAT I WANT:

    1. (and here I have high demands!) A main character, which is just a guy, not easy to handle with. Needless to say, I’m looking for another McClane. A raugh guy which is not always on top of everything and which gets off something. A guy who doesn’t like to kill, but who is forced to do so.

    2. A realistic, hard action movie

    3. A trace of humor (but just a trace).

    WHAT I DON’T WANT:

    Any kind of roboters, transforming cars, machines and all this sh*t. If the story is not perfect like DH I I don’t mind, but I don’t want Sci-Fi.

    I further like Casino Royale and Indiana Jones…

    Do I have any chance to find someting I could like?

    Thanks for recommendations!

  3. kenny-blankenship
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    In the scene right before the last terrorist gets shot by Powell, the deputy chief berates McClane and for a moment it looks like John is about to hit him, but the attack disrupts whatever altercation was about to take place between them. Did anyone else notice this?

  4. laygz
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    I like it so much, I wrote a review.

    http://actionfilmreviews.com/die%20hard.htm

    "Charlie don’t surf!"

    http://www.actionfilmreviews.com

  5. dnljack01-1
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    So when the body of Marko gets thrown out the window and lands on Al’s Car, I thought John was the one shooting up his car. But I just now noticed that it was the terrorists.

    Kelloway: Doyle, get in the car.

    Doyle: But I ordered Onion Rings.

    Kelloway: Doyle!

  6. thgl619
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    Willis wants Wiseman. (forget the great action of the series, like in Die Hard with a Vengeance)

    Wiseman and Willis want a bigger story (forget great settings like Nakatomi Plaza).

    I hated Die Hard 4 for all the reasons that were already said.

    I don´t want to see them ruin this franchise even more.

    The original trilogy is a great piece of actio filmaking. The original is a classic, the first sequel is a guilty pleasure and the second sequel is as good as the first Die Hard(for me, at least).

  7. amkus
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  8. mrmuggles
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    When Reginald VelJohnson is first called he throws the twinkies in the car then walks away to look at the Nakatomi Plaza… in the same moment McLane and the terrorists are doing the major shoot-out of the whole film on top of the roof.

    Wouldn’t the cop have noticed the firing?

  9. ramal8915
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    Amazing. From beginning to finish. Action packed, actually made sense, and was just fun.

    And something that rarely happens in action movies is that the villain is stupid!!! This villian by Alan Rickman was flawless!!!

    —–

    There is no shortage of ideas, but rather a shortage of people willing to invest in them!

  10. Joe_Garelli
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    I found this kind of odd, Ellis knows that John McClane and Holly are married and seperated from each other, he knows from the scene with Takagi that Holly still loves John quite a bit and could easily tell Hans that John McClane was Holly’s husband when he went to try to negotiate with Hans.

    This way Ellis goes on the radio and tells John that he has told Hans and the terrorists about John and Holly’s marriage, Hans then also mentions it too and might threaten to kill Holly if John doesnt give him his detonators back, this way John McClane would be forced to come down and give himself up so that Holly and nobody else would have been hurt.

    And Ellis might not have been shot because he had actually told Hans the truth and given him John McClane, ending his threat and helping the police and giving Karl his revenge for his brothers death something that Karl would have demanded.

    But anyway i always found Ellis not telling Hans that John was Holly’s husband was stupid, by doing this he gives up John and thinks that he will get out alive and he proves it by showing Hans the picture of John and Holly with their children on the desk, then Hans can threaten to harm Holly if John doesnt surrender.

    Leaving the Police and their Swat Team and the FBI to deal with the terrorists and have even more problems and maybe a few cops would have been killed or wounded especially with John not there to interfere and help.

  11. Barney-Ross
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    FACT

    The Expendables13 August 2010 http://tezone.cwahi.net/

  12. DaredevilDC21
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    In no particular order:

    1.) The Dark Knight

    2.) The Terminator

    3.) Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    4.) Raiders of the Lost Ark

    5.) Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    No, I’m kidding.

    5.) Die Hard

  13. j_krazy-1
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    best Christmas movie ever

    BENDER- I was god once. GOD- Yes i saw that. You were doing very well until everyone died.

  14. Deprogram
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    After letting my young children sit through almost 2 hours of non-stop violence and depravity on TV, I’m glad that they shortened it from "yippee kai yay, mother [f-worder]" to just "yippee kai yay, mother". Because otherwise I’d be offended and my children would be forever traumatized.

    I’d also like to thank IMDb for making it difficult to use the F-Bomb, as well. For all the obvious reasons, none of which I can properly articulate, but you all know why. The F-Bomb is harmful because it’s harmful because it’s harmful in and of itself.

    "I’m wrong and I’m sorry." – Alanis Morissette

  15. sludgefoot0999
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    (This message has been deleted because the poster got his police cruiser turned into swiss cheese)

    Q.)What can a PC Tech do when He has a challenging problem?

    A.)Get angry!

  16. kamehameha1977
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    I am curious. Just hard to imagine, since he was not one of the gun-toting terrorists.

    I saw you breaking the 5th Commandment. Congress passes these things for a reason.

  17. kpark45
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    Which had more action?

    Better story?

    Character development?

    More Realistic?

    Overall?

  18. missybarr576
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    They need to get Holly back if they make another Die Hard film.

    Join my facebook group to get John and Holly back together for Die Hard 5.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=324895186515&ref=mf

  19. Illcinematic
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    The insanely stupid cops and FBI. This is one of the reasons Ebert gave it a poor review. It was so frustrating how the movie dumbed down the authorities in order to keep the movie going. Why the hell would no one believe McClane when he called? And are we supposed to believe he couldn’t find ANYTHING to use as a distress signal? It’s just absurd and a slap in the face to viewers to treat its characters like idiotic caricatures. Otherwise, it’s a good movie. I just don’t think it deserves the "best action movie ever" treatment it gets.

  20. Anonymous
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  21. notricks66
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    Name your favorite line…

  22. edimeo25
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    How much time do you think Theo would get? Robbery and accesory to murder. Theo and I think one other terrorist survived.

  23. newagedna
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    The best I can come up with through googling is that it has something to do with McClane being a cowboy in Nakatomi Plaza.

    But nowhere can I find what Yippee-ki-yay has to do with cowboys.

  24. Anonymous
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  25. SeasonalAffective
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    How did McClane know from the name "Bill Clay" that it was Hans, and to then take the bullets out of the gun? Hans tells him his name is Bill Clay, McClane then checks the registry, which attests to a Bill Clay working at Nakatomi (albeit under the name William, but it’s still legit), and the he suddenly knows it’s BS? How??

    William is another name for Bill, and Hans was using an Ameican accent, gave a good excuse, and even got McClane to explain who he was and why he was there, which he obviously wouldn’t have done (at least for his wife’s sake) if he knew all along that it was Hans in front of him.

    Can someone explain what the hell was going on there?

  26. Anonymous
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  27. Anonymous
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  28. Cherrybelly
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    It does have Christmas music on its soundtrack. http://reviewfix.com/2009/12/our-ten-best-episode-34-modern-christmas- songs/

  29. frank_karpinskixxx
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    when I broke his *beep* neck… This is a classic i love this movie i wish i could go back in time and see it at the theater when it was showing to see the crowds reaction to this movie iam a big fan of movies like this. But now they don’t make movies like this anymore it’s rare but die hard 4 was pretty good or live free or die hard but man this guy she has some storys to tell his grand kids he’s had alot of action in his life time.

  30. Amelie2781
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    It seems that most people on this board are men. Is Die Hard a guys’ movie? I’m not a tomboy, but this is one of my favourite films.

    I remember the first time I watched Die Hard. I was about 12 and thought… WOW! Between 12 and 14 years old I watched it every day after school. I haven’t got as much free time now (I’m a 28-year-old mother of 2!) but I still watch it 3 or 4 times a year and regularly sneak in front of the computer to watch one of my favourite scenes. I know it by heart!

    So, any other girls who enjoy watching Die Hard as much as I do?

  31. Anonymous
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  32. TMC-4
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    http://www.spike.com/blog/top-10-movie-heroes/92151?page=2&numPerP age=1


    2. John McClane in Die Hard

    Sure, John McClane is tough, clever, and handy with a roll of tape. But you have to wonder: what if he’d just let these morons rob the place? Chances are whatever they stole was insured anyway. Was it really necessary to kill all those Germans? Was it really necessary to destroy that building? Was it really necessary to force Sergeant Powell to incur more psychological trauma by forcing him to shoot down another man? The answer to all of these questions, of course, is a resounding “No.”

    John McClane could have simply not called his fellow boys in blue and Hans Gruber and his thugs would have been out of there lickety-split. Things didn’t get sticky until the SWAT team made a mess of everything, and then the FBI made a bad thing worse. No one would have even missed a bathroom break had McClane found a stupid pair of shoes and a Sports Illustrated and rode out the storm on a leather couch.


  33. Warcayuhanajiwin
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    I was 13 years old

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