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  • 18
  • Action, Crime
  • 1988
  • 132 mins

Die Hard

Die Hard


Bruce Willis lets loose a torrent of bullets, one liners and macho sweat in this shamefully entertaining brawn over brains thriller. Alan Rickman glowers, moodily


Die Hard makes no pretence to be anything other than constant shoot-'em-up entertainment, and is all the better for it. Bruce Willis is a New York cop trying to get back with his estranged wife Bedelia, who's a high-flying executive in a newly acquired Japanese company. As the script would have it, foul terrorists led by the camp and oh-so-evil Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman in a remarkable debut) storm the company Christmas party and it's up to Willis to dispatch the baddies and rescue his wife. The marriage of Willis and director McTiernan is golden - they both understand that what an audience wants to see is a hero do lots of shooting and fighting and never be at a loss for a zinging one-liner. And if anything on the set hasn't moved for three minutes, then it's just begging to be blown up, so boom, there it goes.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Alan Rickman, Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Paul Gleason, De'voreaux White, Reginald Veljohnson, Bonnie Bedelia
  • Director: John McTiernan
  • Screen Writer: Jeb Stuart, Roderick Thorp, Steven E de Souza
  • Producer: Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver
  • Photographer: Jan De Bont
  • Composer: Michael Kamen

In a nutshell

Great pace, great gun battles, great fun. Yippee kay yay, movielover!

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