Die Hard

  • 18
  • John McTiernan (1988)
  • US
  • 131 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

This is the action thriller that minted Bruce Willis's career, launched a franchise and still stands as a giant of the genre. Recalling the disaster movies of the 1970s, it places a group of people in peril (office workers at a Christmas party in an otherwise empty Los Angeles skyscraper) when suave Alan Rickman and his Euro-terrorists take them hostage. One man (Willis, naturally) is charged with saving them. Director John McTiernan handles the bravura, vertigo-inducing set pieces with aplomb and the script oozes dry wit, but the star of the show is Willis, as resourceful but world-weary off-duty cop John McClane, who just wants to get home for Christmas dinner.

Plot Summary

Action thriller starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman. New York cop John McClane gets caught up in a terrorist plot after arriving in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his estranged wife Holly and his two children. When Holly is taken hostage in the offices of the Japanese corporation she works for, McClane launches a daring rescue attempt.

Cast and crew

Cast

John McClane
Bruce Willis
Hans Gruber
Alan Rickman
Holly Gennaro McClane
Bonnie Bedelia
Sergeant Al Powell
Reginald VelJohnson
Dwayne T Robinson
Paul Gleason
Argyle
De'Voreaux White
Thornburg
William Atherton
Harry Ellis
Hart Bochner
Takagi
James Shigeta
Karl
Alexander Godunov
Franco
Bruno Doyon
Tony
Andreas Wisniewski
Theo
Clarence Gilyard Jr
Alexander
Joey Plewa
Agent Johnson
Robert Davi
Agent Johnson
Grand L Bush
Uli
Al Leong

Crew

Director
John McTiernan

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Categories
Drama

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