Die Hard

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Product Overview

High above L.A., terrorist have seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. But one man has managed to escape dectection, and off-duty cop. He's alone, tired, and the only chance anyone has. Bruce willis is john mcclane, newly arrived in L.A. To spend a quiet christmas with his estranged wife.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 204254170
UPC 024543440864
UPC 14 00024543440864
Format DVD
Release Date 5/25/2010
Rating Rating
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note One of the greatest action movies of the late 1980s, DIE HARD ushered in a new standard for the genre. With the dissolution of the Cold War, both the stereotypical Russian threat (represented in movies such as TOP GUN and RED DAWN) and the destructive egoist (as seen in OCTOPUSSY) became less fearful. With DIE HARD, director John McTiernan introduced Hollywood to a new type of villain: the terrorist entrepreneur. Alan Rickman stars as Hans Gruber, a relentless businessman whose lethal tactics achieve his goals. Unlike most '80s film villains who committed globally dangerous acts for liberty, genocide, or megalomania, DIE HARD's Gruber uses guns, explosives, and cunning to storm the Takagi Corporation's Christmas party and heist millions of dollars from the company. In addition, DIE HARD also saw the development of the clumsy or bad luck hero with John McClane (Bruce Willis), a man in the wrong place at the wrong time who chooses to intervene. Action fans would see this misfit hero archetype again in UNDER SIEGE (Steven Segal) and THE PHANTOM MENACE (Jar Jar Binks). Although DIE HARD contains many action movie cliches (one-liners, pyrotechnics), it also broke new ground in its genre.
Plot Summary
Summary A New York City policeman, John McClane, visiting his estranged wife and two daughters on Christmas Eve, joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon the cop realizes that there's no one to save the hostages -- but him.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Nice suit, it would be a shame to ruin it." -- Hans to Mr. Takagi (Alan Rickman to James Shigeta)
Quote "When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer. Benefits of a classical education." -- Hans to Mr. Takagi (Alan Rickman to James Shigeta)
Entertainment Weekly Rating: A- 01/07/2000 pp.71-2
New York Times "...It works....Relentless energy and smashing special-effects extravagance..." 07/15/1988 p.C12
Los Angeles Times "...A triumph of well-oiled mechanical precision that performs miracles of destruction. As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, it is awesome..." 07/15/1988 p.C1
Total Film "...DIE HARD is still the definitive action thriller. Alan Rickman delivers a deliciously ruthless Hollywood debut at the eloquent villain..." 06/01/2000 p.88
Premiere "A seductive mix of machismo and humility, Willis reinvented the reluctant hero for the action age." 04/01/2004 p.64
John McTiernan
Alexander Godunov
Alan Rickman
Bonnie Bedelia
Bruce Willis
Cast & Crew
Alan Rickman - Actor
Bonnie Bedelia - Actor
Bruce Willis - Actor
Charles Gordon - Executive Producer
Frank J. Urioste - Editor
Jackson De Govia - Production Designer
Jan de Bont - Cinematographer
Jeb Stuart - Screenplay
Joel Silver - Producer
John F. Link - Editor
John McTiernan - Director
John R. Jensen - Art Director
Michael Kamen - Original Music By
Reginald VelJohnson - Actor
Roderick Thorp - Based On Novel By
Steven E. de Souza - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1988
Catalog ID 2244086
UPC 00024543440864
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 131 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Nominee (1989) Oscar, Stephen Hunter Flick, Richard Shorr, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing,Oscar, Richard Edlund, et. al., Best Effects, Visual Effects,Oscar, John F. Link, Frank J. Urioste, Best Film Editing,Oscar, Don J. Bassman, et. al., Best Sound
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Die Hard represents the class of modern action pictures and the standard by which they must be judged. Few films falling into the "mindless entertainment" genre have as much going for them as this movie. Not only is it a thrill-a-minute ride, but it has one of the best film villains in recent memory, a hero everyone can relate to, dialogue that crackles with wit, and a lot of very impressive pyrotechnics...Whether Bruce Willis is climbing up an elevator shaft, throwing himself off an exploding building, or racing barefoot across a flood littered with glass shards, his John McClane holds our attention while we hold our breaths. Die Hard isn't motion picture poetry, but it shows the kind of raucous entertainment that the industry is capable of delivering. For what it is, this is the top model -- flash, bang, and witty one-liners all included. Yippee kiyay!
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review Die Hard was the start of something new in the action genre. Or, at least that's how it seemed back in 1988. With "Mr. Moonlighting" Bruce Willis starring in his first action film (his first movie, Blind Date, was a flop), Die Hard shot to the top of the box office as it left moviegoers riveted by it's explosive action, suspense and trademark humor. Willis' hard smoking, hard talking John McClane was an everyman hero, and audiences loved him for it. Smelling the great green beast, Willis went on to make two successful sequels, Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Die Hard with a Vengeance...Guys like it when things blow up. It's like some innate reaction that lies deep inside our souls...Henceforth, men are naturally drawn to Die Hard...a fantastically crafted action movie.
Reviewer Patrick Naugle
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Willis,Bruce
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
David Ansen, NewsWeek Thrilling!
Hal Hinson, Washington Post ...a marvel of engineering, and relentlessly, mercilessly thrilling...masterfully executed effects...
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America Heartstopping!
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Dynamite action yarn...a perfect part for Willis...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever High-voltage action thriller...[Rickman] turns in a marvelous performance as the chief bad guy.

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