Die Hard (1988)

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Die Hard (1988)

Action | Thriller
7.6 / 10
Release Date
15 July 1988
2 : 11 minutes
Spoken Language
English, Deutsch, Italiano
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.

Cast Overview :

John McClane
by: Bruce Willis
Hans Gruber
by: Alan Rickman
by: Alexander Godunov
Holly Gennero McClane
by: Bonnie Bedelia
Sgt. Al Powell
by: Reginald VelJohnson
Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson
by: Paul Gleason
by: De'voreaux White
Richard Thornburg
by: William Atherton
by: Clarence Gilyard Jr.
Harry Ellis
by: Hart Bochner
Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi
by: James Shigeta
by: Bruno Doyon
by: Andreas Wisniewski
by: Joey Plewa
by: Lorenzo Caccialanza
by: Gerard Bonn
by: Dennis Hayden
by: Al Leong
by: Gary Roberts
by: Hans Buhringer
by: Wilhelm von Homburg
FBI Special Agent Johnson
by: Robert Davi
FBI Agent Little Johnson
by: Grand L. Bush
Thornburg's Assistant
by: Tracy Reiner
Lucy McClane
by: Taylor Fry
John Jr.
by: Noah Land
City Engineer
by: Bill Marcus
Walt, City Worker
by: Rick Ducommun
Capt. Mitchell
by: Matt Landers
by: Carmine Zozzora
Dr. Hasseldorf
by: George Christy
Young Cop
by: Anthony Peck
Harvey Johnson
by: David Ursin
Gail Wallens
by: Mary Ellen Trainor
by: Selma Archerd
by: Rebecca Broussard
by: Kym Malin
by: Betty Carvalho
Convenience Store Clerk
by: Kip Waldo
by: Rick Cicetti
by: Bob Jennings
by: David Katz
by: Robert Lesser
by: Stella Hall
Girl at Airport
by: Terri Lynn Doss
Dwayne T. Robinson's Driver (uncredited)
by: Charlie Picerni
Police Detective (uncredited)
by: Mark Winn

Member Reviews :

**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!
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.