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Die Hard (1988)

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John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

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Storyline

NYPD cop John McClane goes on a Christmas vacation to visit his wife Holly in Los Angeles where she works for the Nakatomi Corporation. While they are at the Nakatomi headquarters for a Christmas party, a group of bank robbers led by Hans Gruber take control of the building and hold everyone hostage, with the exception of John, while they plan to perform a lucrative heist. Unable to escape and with no immediate police response, John is forced to take matters into his own hands. Written by Sam

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It will blow you through the back wall of the theater! See more »

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Action | Thriller

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20 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duro de matar  »

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$81,350,242 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Hans's personal weapon is a German Heckler & Koch P7. Its strange shape is a result of its unique safety features. In weapons terminology, it's called a "squeeze-cocking" mechanism. The black strip sticking out under the trigger is the actual safety. Hans has to squeeze the safety strip with his shooting hand. This unlocks the firing pin and cocks the hammer. He cannot release it after the first shot to do follow-up shots. It has to be held down to repeatedly fire the gun. If Hans accidentally dropped it, the safety would snap back on, making it a very safe handgun to use. In addition, a red pin in the back of the slide sticks out when the safety is squeezed to the "off" position so Hans knows it will fire. The P7 is expensive, costing over $1,000 and is renowned by firearms experts for its small size. Many who have used it say its accuracy is better than many larger handguns despite its very short barrel. However, there is an error in the film. When Hans takes off the suppressor to threaten Takagi into giving up the combination, viewers will see that it has a standard length barrel. The P7 would need an extended treaded barrel that sticks about half an inch out of the gun to screw the suppressor on because it has to be airtight to work. See more »

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Powell's cruiser suddenly has a roll cage when he's fired on and the cruiser drives off the wall. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Businessman: You don't like flying, do you?
John McClane: What gives you that idea?
Businessman: You wanna know the secret to surviving air travel? After you get where you're going, take off your shoes and your socks then walk around on the rug bare foot and make fists with your toes.
John McClane: Fists with your toes?
Businessman: I know, I know, it sounds crazy. Trust me, I've been doing it for nine years. Yes sir, better than a shower and a hot cup of coffee.
John McClane: Okay.
[the businessman sees John's gun]
John McClane: It's okay, I'm a cop. Trust me, I've been ...
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A guy movie that is still fun to watch
17 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So many things made this movie great.

This movie made Bruce Willis immortal. He soaks up this character so well, it was him. The wise cracking cop who is entertaining because he is sarcastically funny not uttering stupid catch phrases. He is a cop who looks like a normal guy, middle age, loosing some hair with wife problems. (no faked up pretty face with shaved chest and oiled muscles). He is cool without pretending to be cool. He manages to thwart the bad guys while barefoot, man that is a great twist.

The plot is great because it does not fall perfectly in line for the hero. He stumbles, gets stuck and survives only by last minute thinking. It has plenty of action without getting ridiculous.

And the bad guys are great, smart sinister and well acted.

It is one of those movies that could play every weekend and would still be watched. Is one of those top 10 movies every guy should own.

Die hard 2 was OK but not as good as the original, I wish they would have stopped after 2. Die Hard 3 is poor.


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