Die Hard


Die Hard

Overview:

NYPD cop, John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.

Votes 3919 (7.4/10)

Runtime: 131 minutes

Release Date 1988-07-15

Budget: $28,000,000.00

Revenue: $140,767,956.00

Tagline: 40 Stories. Twelve Terrorists. One Cop.

Production company:

  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • Gordon Company
  • Silver Pictures

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Action
  • Thriller

Trailer

Further Information

John McClane
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
Hans Gruber
Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
Karl
Alexander Godunov
Alexander Godunov
Holly Gennero McClane
Bonnie Bedelia
Bonnie Bedelia
Sgt. Al Powell
Reginald VelJohnson
Reginald VelJohnson
Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson
Paul Gleason
Paul Gleason
Argyle
De'voreaux White
De'voreaux White
Richard Thornburg
William Atherton
William Atherton
Theo
Clarence Gilyard Jr.
Clarence Gilyard Jr.
Harry Ellis
Hart Bochner
Hart Bochner
Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi
James Shigeta
James Shigeta
Franco
Bruno Doyon
Bruno Doyon
Tony
Andreas Wisniewski
Andreas Wisniewski
Alexander
Joey Plewa
Joey Plewa
Marco
Lorenzo Caccialanza
Lorenzo Caccialanza
Kristoff
Gerard Bonn
Gerard Bonn
Eddie
Dennis Hayden
Dennis Hayden
Uli
Al Leong
Al Leong
Heinrich
Gary Roberts
Gary Roberts
Fritz
Hans Buhringer
Hans Buhringer
James
Wilhelm von Homburg
Wilhelm von Homburg
FBI Special Agent Johnson
Robert Davi
Robert Davi
FBI Agent Little Johnson
Grand L. Bush
Grand L. Bush
Thornburg's Assistant
Tracy Reiner
Tracy Reiner
Lucy McClane
Taylor Fry
Taylor Fry
John Jr.
Noah Land
Noah Land
City Engineer
Bill Marcus
Bill Marcus
Walt, City Worker
Rick Ducommun
Rick Ducommun
Capt. Mitchell
Matt Landers
Matt Landers
Rivers
Carmine Zozzora
Carmine Zozzora
Dr. Hasseldorf
George Christy
George Christy
Young Cop
Anthony Peck
Anthony Peck
Harvey Johnson
David Ursin
David Ursin
Gail Wallens
Mary Ellen Trainor
Mary Ellen Trainor
Hostage
Selma Archerd
Selma Archerd
Hostage
Rebecca Broussard
Rebecca Broussard
Hostage
Kym Malin
Kym Malin
Paulina
Betty Carvalho
Betty Carvalho
Convenience Store Clerk
Kip Waldo
Kip Waldo
Guard
Rick Cicetti
Rick Cicetti
Cameraman
Bob Jennings
Bob Jennings
Soundman
David Katz
David Katz
Businessman
Robert Lesser
Robert Lesser
Stewardess
Stella Hall
Stella Hall
Girl at Airport
Terri Lynn Doss
Terri Lynn Doss
Dwayne T. Robinson's Driver (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni
Charlie Picerni
Police Detective (uncredited)
Mark Winn
Mark Winn
Director
John McTiernan
John McTiernan
Novel
Roderick Thorp
Roderick Thorp
Screenplay
Jeb Stuart
Jeb Stuart
Screenplay
Steven E. de Souza
Steven E. de Souza
Executive Producer
Charles Gordon
Charles Gordon
Producer
Lawrence Gordon
Lawrence Gordon
Producer
Beau Marks
Beau Marks
Producer
Joel Silver
Joel Silver
Original Music Composer
Michael Kamen
Michael Kamen
Director of Photography
Jan de Bont
Jan de Bont
Editor
John F. Link
John F. Link
Editor
Frank J. Urioste
Frank J. Urioste
Casting
Jackie Burch
Jackie Burch
Production Design
Jackson De Govia
Jackson De Govia
Art Direction
John R. Jensen
John R. Jensen
Set Decoration
Philip Leonard
Philip Leonard
Costume Design
Marilyn Vance
Marilyn Vance
Hairstylist
Josée Normand
Josée Normand
Makeup Department Head
Scott Eddo
Scott Eddo
Makeup Artist
Wes Dawn
Wes Dawn
Assistant Art Director
William J. Durrell Jr.
William J. Durrell Jr.
Assistant Art Director
Craig Edgar
Craig Edgar
Construction Coordinator
Bruce J. Gfeller
Bruce J. Gfeller
Property Master
Tommy Tomlinson
Tommy Tomlinson
Set Designer
E.C. Chen
E.C. Chen
Set Designer
Roland E. Hill Jr.
Roland E. Hill Jr.
ADR & Dubbing
Hank Salerno
Hank Salerno
Dialogue Editor
Cindy Marty
Cindy Marty
Dialogue Editor
Jeff Rosen
Jeff Rosen
Foley
Vanessa Theme Ament
Vanessa Theme Ament
Foley
Robin Harlan
Robin Harlan
Dolby Consultant
David W. Gray
David W. Gray
Sound Recordist
Robert Renga
Robert Renga
Sound Recordist
Craig Heath
Craig Heath
Sound Effects Editor
Catherine Shorr
Catherine Shorr
Sound Effects Editor
David E. Stone
David E. Stone
Sound Effects Editor
Stephen Hunter Flick
Stephen Hunter Flick
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Don J. Bassman
Don J. Bassman
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Richard Overton
Richard Overton
Special Effects Coordinator
Al Di Sarro
Al Di Sarro
Visual Effects Art Director
Brent Boates
Brent Boates
Visual Effects Producer
Richard Edlund
Richard Edlund
Visual Effects Editor
Dennis Michelson
Dennis Michelson
Stunt Coordinator
Charlie Picerni
Charlie Picerni
Camera Operator
Michael Ferris
Michael Ferris
Camera Operator
M. Todd Henry
M. Todd Henry
Camera Operator
Michael Scott
Michael Scott
Still Photographer
Peter Sorel
Peter Sorel
Still Photographer
Virgil Mirano
Virgil Mirano
Gaffer
Ed Ayer
Ed Ayer
Costume Supervisor
Barry Francis Delaney
Barry Francis Delaney
Set Costumer
Barbara Siebert
Barbara Siebert
Set Costumer
Michael Voght
Michael Voght
Transportation Coordinator
Myra Hill
Myra Hill
Picture Car Coordinator
Stanley R. Webber
Stanley R. Webber
Location Manager
Ken H. Rosen
Ken H. Rosen
Location Manager
Joel Marx
Joel Marx
Associate Producer
Lloyd Levin
Lloyd Levin
Hairstylist
Paul Abascal
Paul Abascal
Makeup Artist
Jim Kail
Jim Kail
Unit Production Manager
Beau Marks
Beau Marks
Casting Associate
Ferne Cassel
Ferne Cassel
Transportation Captain
James Nordberg
James Nordberg
Picture Car Coordinator
Tim Sisson
Tim Sisson
Visual Effects
Matthew Yuricich
Matthew Yuricich
Stunts
Kenny Endoso
Kenny Endoso
Stunts
Dick Ziker
Dick Ziker
Stunts
Glenn R. Wilder
Glenn R. Wilder
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Kevin F. Cleary
Kevin F. Cleary
Foley
Ron Bartlett
Ron Bartlett
Supervising Sound Editor
Christopher Brooks
Christopher Brooks
Stunts
George P. Wilbur
George P. Wilbur
Stunts
Peter McKernan
Peter McKernan
Stunts
Brian Christensen
Brian Christensen
Stunts
Victor Paul
Victor Paul

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**This is one of the definitive 80s Action Films.** There is no nonsense whatsoever, the plot moves along with such a pace that the viewer is not disturbed by implausabilities. Bruce Willis plays the likeable "regular guy", who is forced bare-foot into unleashing mayhem and destruction, to perfection. His brilliant opposite is Alan Rickman, playing the German villain Hans Gruber in such a way that you almost root for him to get away with his heist. Also, he thankfully dispatches the office sleazeball, Ellis, in a wonderful scene. The bad guys in Die Hard are more likeable than their counterparts in other movies. They are allowed to be funny and charming, which is good because we as viewers spend a lot of time with them, so it's good that they are not complete douchebags. John McLane gets to do what many adolescent boys wanted to try: to drop something off the ledge of a skyscraper or down an elevator shaft, and see what happens. But he uses an office chair armed with a PC monitor and a block of C4 and watches as it drops, then explodes, wiping out an entire floor! Everything here is bigger and louder than other Action movies from it's time. McLane drops bad guys and one-liners left and right, things and people explode, culminating in a grand finale that is as well paced and executed as any action sequence that came after it. This film started it's own sub-genre, after it came not only it's own sequels, but a load of films that were described as "Die hard on a..." or "Die Hard in a..." Most prominent examples were perhaps "**Speed**" and "**Under Siege**". This is entertaining as hell, it's a must-watch!

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Just watched this inexplicably for the first time, after having seen and adoring its first two sequels. As a teenager when this hit theatres, I never really felt the urge or inclination to see this at the time. Action films weren't big for me back then. Now as a father of a teenager myself, it's interesting seeing what's now considered 'a classic' for the first time. This easily deserves its lofty status as one of the finest action movies ever made, especially of the 80's. Alan Rickman, now deceased, played with distinction one of the finest cinematic villains ever. This film--closely followed by 'Pulp Fiction'--is the most important work Bruce Willis ever made. I enthusiastically hope that should someday Willis either leave this plain or decide not to make any more DH films that they simply put the franchise to rest. He was born to play this character. Anyone else in his shoes could never fit the iconic bill.

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