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 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
In the opening shot of the movie McClane's plane lands at daylight at the LA airport. In one of the next shots Holly tells her secretary that it is 5.40 PM in the afternoon. It should have been dark when McClane landed. See more »
You don't like flying, do you?
What gives you that idea?
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.
Fists with your toes?
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.
[the businessman sees John's gun]
It's okay, I'm a cop. Trust me, I've been doing this...
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Film title logo at the end of the closing credits. See more »
The Ultimate edition DVD contains the following deleted/extended scenes:
Extended power shutdown sequence.
Extended opening flight scene.
Brief dialogue in the first Hans/McClane confrontation.
Extended scene where Robinson/Powell brief the FBI on the tower situation.
Brief dialogue when Hans interrogates Takagi.
Brief dialogue after Theo says "You didn't bring me along for my charming personality".
Extended/alternate dialogue in McClane/Powell conversation after McClane uses the plastic explosives.
Brief scene of FBI agents getting stuck in thorn bushes as they make their way towards the building.
At the end, McClane says "You got a warranty for this (Holly's watch, a gift from Ellis)?" to which Holly laughs.
Argyle's dialogue as Powell's police cruiser flies by in the background.
Brief Ellis dialogue reacting to the terrorist intrusion.
City engineer briefly coughs before pulling out the power cord.
Brief dialogue in Hans/Karl argument about "neutralizing" McClane.
Additional Holly dialogue after seeing Karl's reaction to McClane's escape.
DIE HARD (1988) **** Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov, Reginald Vel Johnson, William Atherton, Paul Gleason, Hart Bochner, Robert Davi. NYC cop John McClane (Willis in his star-making iconic role) is visiting LA at Christmas to reconnect with his estranged wife Bedelia who is at an office party that becomes a nightmare when a group of terrorists take over the building led by Hans Gruber (perfect Rickman) a German nutjob out to filch millions in bonds in the vault of the Japanese company. As the " fly in the ointment", Willis does his damnedest to stop him at all costs relying on his street-smarts and out-guessing as time ticks away. Great blend of action suspense and much welcomed humor. Best bit: Willis plunging from a rooftop attack by the FBI (thinking the disheveled cop is one of the bad guys!) attached to a fire hose and shooting his way into an empty office! Hair-raising and exhilirating fun for all. "Yippiee-Kay-Ay !!!!" (Dir: John McTiernan)
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