Die Hard

Die Hard

John McTiernan (1988)

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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.


New York cop John McClane visits Los Angeles to see his family over the Christmas holiday. Stopping off at his wife's place of work, he realises armed men have taken over the building and are holding the corporation's staff to ransom - and only he has the ability to fight back. Action thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia.

Cast & Crew

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
Director John McTiernan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudity, drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Dec 2018