Die Hard

Film, Action and adventure
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Die Hard

A hi-tech thriller with a human heart, offering slam-bang entertainment on a par with Lethal Weapon or Aliens. On Christmas Eve, visiting New York cop McClane (Willis) enters the high-rise LA office block where his estranged wife works, not realising that it has already being taken over by sadistic smoothie Hans Gruber (Rickman) and his ruthless terrorists. Inside the building, having taken wife (Bedelia) and celebrating colleagues hostage, the gang tries to crack open the Nakotomi corporation's computerised vault; outside, LA cops and FBI agents squabble over jurisdiction, while opportunistic TV reporters gather like jackals; it's up to McClane, having established a chance radio link with a passing patrolman (Veljohnson), to use the building's 39 empty floors, lift shafts, and heating ducts to improvise diversionary tactics. McTiernan excels in the adrenalin-inducing action scenes, staging the murderous mayhem and state-of-the-art violence as if he were born with a camera in one hand and a rocket launcher in the other..

See also:
Die Hard 2
Die Hard With A Vengeance

By: NF

Release details

Duration: 132 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John McTiernan
Screenwriter: Jeb Stuart, Steven E De Souza
Cast: James Shigeta
Bruce Willis
William Atherton
Paul Gleason
Alan Rickman
Bonnie Bedelia
Alexander Godunov
Reginald Veljohnson

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Adrian H
Tastemaker

I look forward to watching Die Hard each Christmas, which has become as much of a tradition as pulling the crackers and wearing the silly hats inside. Is this a Christmas film? Well that's a debate that rages on but I for one feel it is.


Featuring Bruce Willis as the bedraggled cop John McClane, we watch a robbery, a hostage situation (including McClane's estranged wife), and a hero battling against the odds to save the day. 


Alan Rickman delivers a perfect performance as Hans Gruber, our chief antagonist, and the twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat. Also keep an ear out for the franchises main catchphrase, 'yippee ki yay!'

jeaniekarl
Tastemaker

So some people claim this to be the best Christmas film. I’m not sure about Christmas film, although it is set around the festive period. However apart from that you are actually left with a very good action movie with Bruce Willis aka John McClane the NYC cop who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and it’s up to him to save the day! Expect classic cheesy one liners that you will be reciting for a while afterwards.


Tom
moderatorStaff Writer

Has to be top of the tree when it comes to action movies, an absolute belter, and spawned a whole host of sequels, which struggled to reach the dizzy heights of the original

scrumpyjack

It's quite simply the Rolls Royce of action movie's and one of my favourite films. Astonishes to this very day.

scrumpyjack

It's quite simply the Rolls Royce of action movie's and one of my favourite films. Astonishes to this very day.

k

Having seen this as a teenager as a kid, and subsequently dodging TV showings, I watched it with a few whiskies tonight and had a blast! The whole thing just cooks from start to finish: sublime no brain action, snappy repeatable one liners, Alan Rickman at uber-villain best and Bruce Willis with hair. What more do you want from an action flick! Classic!

k

Having seen this as a teenager as a kid, and subsequently dodging TV showings, I watched it with a few whiskies tonight and had a blast! The whole thing just cooks from start to finish: sublime no brain action, snappy repeatable one liners, Alan Rickman at uber-villain best and Bruce Willis with hair. What more do you want from an action flick! Classic!