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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... See more »

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John McClane
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Holly Gennaro McClane
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Sgt. Al Powell (as Reginald Veljohnson)
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Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson
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Richard Thornburg
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Harry Ellis
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Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi
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Hans Gruber
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Karl
Bruno Doyon ...
Franco
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Argyle
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Tony
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Theo
Joey Plewa ...
Alexander
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Marco
Gérard Bonn ...
Kristoff (as Gerard Bonn)
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Eddie
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Uli
Gary Roberts ...
Heinrich
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Fritz
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James
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FBI Special Agent Big Johnson
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FBI Agent Little Johnson
Bill Marcus ...
City Engineer
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Walt, City Worker
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Capt. Mitchell
Carmine Zozzora ...
Rivers
Dustyn Taylor ...
Ginny
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Dr. Hasseldorf
Anthony Peck ...
Young Cop
Cheryl Baker ...
Woman
Richard Parker ...
Man
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Harvey Johnson
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Gail Wallens
Diana James ...
Police Supervisor
Shelley Pogoda ...
Dispatcher
Selma Archerd ...
Hostage
Scot Bennett ...
Hostage
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Hostage
Kate Finlayson ...
Hostage
Shanna Higgins ...
Hostage
Kym Malin ...
Hostage
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Lucy McClane
Noah Land ...
John McClane Jr.
Betty Carvalho ...
Paulina
Kip Waldo ...
Convenience Store Clerk
Mark Goldstein ...
Station Manager
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Thornburg's Assistant
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Guard
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Guard
Bill Margolin ...
Producer
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Cameraman
Bruce P. Schultz ...
Cameraman
David Katz ...
Soundman
Robert Lesser ...
Businessman
Stella Hall ...
Stewardess
Terri Lynn Doss ...
Girl at Airport
Jon E. Greene ...
Boy at Airport
P. Randall Bowers ...
Kissing Man
Michele Laybourn ...
Girl in Window
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rick Bross ...
Cameraman (uncredited)
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Priest in Terminal (uncredited)
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Swat (uncredited)
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Fireman (uncredited)
Eric Kay ...
Fireman (uncredited)
Marshall Dancing Elk Lucas ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
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Dwayne T. Robinson's Driver (uncredited)
Gary Pinkston ...
Hostage (uncredited)
Chuck Riley ...
Narrator of Theatrical Trailer (uncredited) (voice)
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Gas Station Customer (uncredited)
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Police Detective (uncredited)

Directed by

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John McTiernan

Written by

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Roderick Thorp ... (novel "Nothing Lasts Forever")
 
Jeb Stuart ... (screenplay) and
Steven E. de Souza ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Charles Gordon ... executive producer
Lawrence Gordon ... producer
Beau Marks ... associate producer (as Beau E.L. Marks)
Joel Silver ... producer
Lloyd Levin ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Michael Kamen

Cinematography by

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Jan de Bont ... (as Jan De Bont)

Film Editing by

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John F. Link
Frank J. Urioste

Editorial Department

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Derek Brechin ... assistant editor (as Derek G. Brechin)
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Bryan H. Carroll ... assistant editor (as Bryan Carroll)
Gregory M. Gerlich ... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn ... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Jeff Gullo ... second assistant editor
Bob Hagans ... color timer
Paul Jenson ... negative developer: Boss
Edward Malone ... second assistant editor
Kelly Irvine ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Marc Wielage ... telecine colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Jackie Burch

Production Design by

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Jackson De Govia ... (as Jackson DeGovia)

Art Direction by

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John R. Jensen

Set Decoration by

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Philip Leonard ... (as Phil M. Leonard)

Costume Design by

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Marilyn Vance ... (as Marilyn Vance-Straker)

Makeup Department

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Paul Abascal ... hair stylist
Wes Dawn ... makeup artist
Scott H. Eddo ... makeup supervisor
Jim Kail ... makeup artist
Josée Normand ... hair stylist: Bruce Willis (as Josee Normand)

Production Management

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Beau Marks ... unit production manager (as Beau E.L. Marks)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Paula Foster ... dga trainee
Michael Alan Kahn ... second second assistant director
Beau Marks ... second unit director (as Beau E.L. Marks)
Terry Miller ... second assistant director (as Terry Miller Jr.)
Benjamin Rosenberg ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Stan Atkins ... welder/fabricator
Mike Blaze ... assistant property master (as Michael Blaze)
Richard Boris ... set dresser
Mike Bruner ... set dresser
Steve Callas ... construction foreman
E.C. Chen ... set designer
William J. Durrell Jr. ... assistant art director
Craig Edgar ... assistant art director
Bill Fannon Jr. ... lead man
Gus Feederle ... set dresser
Bruce J. Gfeller ... construction coordinator
Dick Girod ... construction paint foreman
Efrain Gonzalez ... set dresser
Roland E. Hill Jr. ... set designer (as Roland Hill)
Jaymes Hinkle ... production painter (as Jimmy Jay Hinkle)
John L. Jensen ... illustrator
Kirk B. Jones ... set dresser
Don Kaeding ... set dresser (as Donald Kaeding)
Steve Nelson ... set dresser
Tommy Tomlinson ... property master
Clete Cetrone ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Michael Denering ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Stanley E. Foster ... set construction (uncredited)
Kacy Magedman ... art department coordinator (uncredited)
William L. Pereira ... architect: Fox Plaza (uncredited)
Victor M. Shannon ... plasterer (uncredited)
Robert Van Dyke ... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Frank White ... laborer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Vanessa Theme Ament ... foley artist (as Vanessa Ament)
George H. Anderson ... supervising dialogue editor (as George Anderson)
Kevin Barlia ... assistant dialogue editor
Ron Bartlett ... foley editor
Don J. Bassman ... re-recording mixer (as Don Bassman)
Destiny Borden ... assistant sound editor
Sherrie Bayer Burke ... assistant adr editor
Kevin E. Carpenter ... adr mixer (as Kevin Carpenter)
Kevin F. Cleary ... re-recording mixer
Phyllis Drury ... machine operator
Stephen Hunter Flick ... sound effects (as Stephen H. Flick)
David W. Gray ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as David Gray)
Robin Harlan ... foley artist
Craig Heath ... sound recordist
Dennis Jones ... boom operator
Cindy Marty ... dialogue editor
Rick Mitchell ... foley editor
Oscar Mitt ... assistant sound editor
Al Overton Jr. ... sound mixer (as Al Overton)
Richard Overton ... re-recording mixer
Todd Overton ... cable person
Matthew Peerce ... apprentice adr editor
Robert Renga ... sound recordist
Lisa M. Risen ... apprentice adr editor
Dennis Rogers ... adr recordist
Jeff Rosen ... dialogue editor
Hank Salerno ... supervising adr editor
Norman B. Schwartz ... post-production dialogue
Catherine Shorr ... sound effects editor
Richard Shorr ... sound effects
James Simcik ... adr editor (as James R. Simcik)
Ronald Sinclair ... adr editor
David E. Stone ... sound effects editor (as David Stone)
Lee Tinkham ... foley mixer
Bill Voigtlander ... adr editor
Rosemarie Wheeler ... assistant adr editor
Ezra Dweck ... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Bill Henderson ... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Richard Shorr ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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William Aldridge ... special effects foreman
Jay Bartus ... special effects assistant
Hal Bigger ... special effects assistant
James Camomile ... special effects assistant
Larry DeUnger ... special effects assistant
Al Di Sarro ... special effects coordinator
Dennis Dion ... special effects assistant
Patrick R. Gordon ... special effects transportation
Jay M. Hirsch ... special effects assistant (as Jay Hirsch)
Daniel Hutten ... effects technician: Boss
Thaine Morris ... special effects foreman: Boss
Darrell Pritchett ... special effects assistant (as Darrill Pritchett)
Joe D. Ramsey ... special effects assistant (as Joe Ramsey)
Andrew Sebok ... special effects assistant
Steve Suits ... special effects assistant
Rick Thompson ... special effects assistant (as Richard L. Thompson)
Michael A. Tice ... special effects assistant
Bruno Van Zeebroeck ... special effects assistant
Gene Whiteman ... chief engineer: Boss
Richard Zarro ... special effects assistant
Tad Krzanowski ... model effects: ILM (uncredited)
Sam Longoria ... effects technician: Boss (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Yarek Alfer ... model maker: Boss (as Jarek Alfer)
Maura Alvarez ... animation production assistant: Boss
Brent Boates ... visual effects art director: Boss
Richard Chronister ... model electronics: Boss
Kevin Clark ... optical line-up: Boss
Albert Cox ... optical supervisor 'Die Hard': Boss (as Al Cox)
Philip Crescenzo ... chief electronics engineer: Boss Film
Richard Edlund ... visual effects producer
Alan K.M. Faucher ... stand-by model maker: Boss (as Alan Faucher)
Donald Fly ... chief financial officer: Boss Film (as Donald R. Fly)
Meg Freeman ... animation production assistant: Boss
Kento Gebo ... model maker: Boss (as Kent Gebo)
Ron Gress ... model painter: Boss
Robert L. Johnston ... model effects key man: Boss (as Robert Johnston)
Larry Jolly ... model helicopter consultant: Boss
Kelly Kerby ... stage assistant: Boss
Lisa Krepela ... animation production assistant: Boss
Bruce MacRae ... model maker: Boss
Pat McClung ... chief model maker: Boss (as Patrick McClung)
Dennis Michelson ... visual effects editor: Boss
Bill Neil ... director of photography: Boss (as William Neil)
Clint Palmer ... camera operator: Boss Film Studios (as Clinton Palmer)
Samuel E. Recinos ... technical animation supervisor: Boss (as Samuel Recinos)
Chris Regan ... optical department supervisor: Boss
Milius Romyn ... model construction foreman: Boss
Paul Sabourin ... model effects: Boss
Suzie Schneider ... model maker: Boss (as Suzy Schneider)
Dennis Schultz ... model maker: Boss
David Schwartz ... chief miniature moldmaker: Boss
James Sleeper ... optical camera operator: Boss
Mark Stetson ... model shop supervisor: Boss
Michael Van Himbergen ... visual effects coordinator
Garry Waller ... special project supervisor: Boss
Debra Wolff ... assistant visual effects editor: Boss
Peter Yanovitch ... optical line-up: Boss
Dana Yuricich ... model maker: Boss
Matthew Yuricich ... chief matte artist: Boss
James G. Anka ... model maker (uncredited)
Wayne Baker ... first assistant camera operator: Boss Films (uncredited)
Mike Chambers ... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Joseph Conti ... model maker (uncredited)

Stunts

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Kenny Bates ... stunts (as Ken Bates)
Janet Brady ... stunts
Nick Brett ... stunts
Jophery C. Brown ... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
Kurt Bryant ... stunts
Brian Christensen ... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs ... stunts (as Gil Combs)
Kerrie Cullen ... stunts
Kenny Endoso ... stunts
Andy Epper ... stunts (as Andrew Epper)
Randy Hall ... stunts
Norman Howell ... stunts
Keii Johnston ... stunts
Henry Kingi ... stunts (as Henry M. Kingi)
Julius LeFlore ... stunts (as Julius Le Flore)
Fred Lerner ... stunts
Mike Marasco ... stunts (as Michael Marasco)
Don Charles McGovern ... stunts (as Don McGovern)
John Meier ... stunts
Alan Oliney ... stunts
Victor Paul ... stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. ... stunts (as Charles Picerni Jr.)
Paul V. Picerni Jr. ... stunts
Charlie Picerni ... stunt coordinator (as Charles Picerni)
Steve Picerni ... stunts
Bernie Pock ... stunts
Chad Randall ... stunts
R.A. Rondell ... stunts
Benjamin Rosenberg ... stunts
John Sherrod ... stunts
Russell Solberg ... stunts
Steve Vandeman ... stunts
George P. Wilbur ... stunts (as George Wilbur)
Glenn R. Wilder ... stunts (as Glenn Wilder)
Dick Ziker ... stunts
Keii Johnston ... stunt double: Mr. Willis (uncredited)
Henry Kingi ... stunt double: Hans Buhringer (uncredited)
Don Charles McGovern ... stunt double: Alexander Godunov (uncredited)
Steve Ray ... stunt driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Brian W. Armstrong ... assistant camera (as Brian Armstrong)
Ed Ayer ... gaffer
Brink Brydon ... electrician
Brad Chelesvig ... musco light operator
Blaise Dahlquist ... best boy
Glen Davis ... dolly grip (as Glenn 'Bear' Davis)
Bill Decker ... key grip (as William E. Decker III)
Mike DeMeyer ... musco light operator
John Donnelly ... best boy grip
John J. Ellingwood ... assistant camera (as John Ellingwood)
Michael Ferris ... camera operator
Michael Franz ... best boy
M. Todd Henry ... camera operator
Steven C. Hodge ... electrician
Brian Holechek ... grip (as Brian Joe Holechek)
Robert Isenberg ... still photographer (as Bob Isenberg)
Ron Kunecke ... musco light operator
Michael R. Marquette ... assistant camera
Virgil Mirano ... still photographer: Boss
Matthew Nelson ... grip
Jim Rankin ... grip
Bernie Schwartz ... best boy grip
Michael Scott ... camera operator
Peter Sorel ... still photographer
Roger Spurgeon ... musco light operator
Patrick Van Auken ... key grip: Boss
Stefanie Wiseman ... first assistant camera: Boss
Douglas Yonker ... electrician (as Doug Yonker)
Les Zell ... assistant camera
Scott Dale ... high speed camera technician (uncredited)
Moose Enright ... electrician (uncredited)
Ken Fisher ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Tim Forrest ... grip (uncredited)
Patricia Gregory ... grip (uncredited)
Nicholas S. McLean ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Steve Tate ... additional assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Ferne Cassel ... casting associate
Carl Joy ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Barry Francis Delaney ... costume supervisor (as Barry Delaney)
Charles Mercuri ... costumer: Bruce Willis
Barbara Siebert ... set costumer: women (as Barbara Siebert Bolticoff)
Victoria Snow ... additional costumer
Michael Voght ... set costumer: men (as Michael J. Voght)

Location Management

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Dan Carroll ... location liaison
Joel Marx ... location manager (as Joel B. Marx)
Ken H. Rosen ... location manager
Antoinette Simmrin ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Bruce Babcock ... additional orchestrator
Chris Boardman ... additional orchestrator
Walt Borchers ... score engineer
Christopher Brooks ... supervising music editor
Terry Brown ... score engineer
Chuck Garsha ... score engineer
Philip Giffin ... additional orchestrator
Michael Kamen ... conductor
Stephen McLaughlin ... music producer (as Stephen E. McLaughlin)
Armin Steiner ... score mixer
Fiachra Trench ... additional orchestrator (as Fi Trench)
Bruce Babcock ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited) / oboe soloist (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson ... musician: tuba (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Myra Hill ... transportation coordinator (as Myra L. Hill)
Dean E. Mason ... transportation captain (as Dean Mason)
James Nordberg ... transportation captain (as Jim Nordberg)
Stanley R. Webber ... picture car coordinator (as Stanley Webber)
Tim Sisson ... picture car mechanic (uncredited)

Other crew

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Pamela Alessandrelli ... assistant: John Mctiernan
Alex Algarin ... dubbing projectionist
Brook Altman ... production assistant
Bobby Bass ... special weapons training
Susan Joy Beallor ... assistant: Joel Silver
Paul Chaleff ... special ceramic vessels
Rick Chavez ... craft service
Jack Crain ... knife designer and manufacturer (as Jack W. Crain)
Keith Cubba ... trainer: Bruce Willis
Jyllel Syage Dickerman ... assistant production accountant (as Jyllel Syage)
Ken Dudderar ... precision cinetechnician: Boss
Riley Kathryn Ellis ... production executive
Robert Eyslee ... chief lighting tech: Boss
Marilynn B. Frank ... first aid
Art Fransen ... police technical advisor
Elizabeth Galloway ... production coordinator
Gary Goldman ... technical advisor: military (as L. Gary Goldman)
Aaron J. Green ... model furnisher: butterfly wing bridge
Rhonda C. Gunner ... video and graphics display: Video Image
Alison Harstedt ... assistant production accountant
Richard E. Hollander ... video and graphics display: Video Image
Deborah Johnson ... assistant: Bruce Willis
K. Lenna Katich ... production accountant (as K. Lenna Kunkel)
Tony Kerum ... caterer
Carol Land ... assistant: John Mctiernan
Clare Leavenworth ... assistant: Bruce Willis
Andrew Lipschultz ... publicity coordinator
Peter McKernan Sr. ... pilot (as Peter McKernan)
Peter McKernan ... pilot (as Peter McKernan Jr.)
Gregory L. McMurry ... video and graphics display: Video Image
Kari Ann Messina ... production assistant
Lisa Miller ... production assistant
Chrissa Owens ... stage assistant: Boss
Michael Papac ... weapons specialist
Alan D. Purwin ... pilot (as Alan Purwin)
Jeff Rand ... stage assistant: Boss
Frank Reinhard ... production assistant
Phil Robinson ... production assistant
Annie Saunders ... assistant: Charles Gordon
Shari Schneider ... assistant: Lawrence Gordon
Tamara Smith ... production associate
Ken Stone ... maintenance engineer
Charles A. Tamburro ... pilot
Michael Tamburro ... pilot
Tony Tamburro ... pilot
Dana Lynne Taylor ... production coordinator
Kellett Tighe ... assistant: Lawrence Gordon
Marion Tumen ... script supervisor
Larry Turk ... adr loop group: voice
Ladd Vance ... assistant: Joel Silver (as Ladd Rosenberg-Vance)
Tod M. Volpe ... special ceramic vessels
John C. Wash ... video and graphics display: Video Image
Mark West ... design engineer: Boss
Claire Wilson ... assistant: Richard Edlund, Boss Film Studios
Maryjane Zelicskovics ... production accountant: Boss
Tyler Atkinson ... digital distribution (uncredited)
M. Rutledge McCall ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Dick Beving ... special thanks
Patty Brewer ... special thanks
Georgian Francisco ... special thanks
Jim Gembala ... special thanks
George Meehan ... special thanks
Allen Pena ... special thanks
Eli Tawil ... special thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Sam

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Taglines It will blow you through the back wall of the theater! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Piège de cristal (France)
  • Stirb langsam (Germany)
  • Jungla de cristal (Spain)
  • Visa hing (Estonia)
  • Aksjon skyskraper (Norway)
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Runtime
  • 132 min
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Box Office

Budget $28,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $601,851, 17 Jul 1988
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $140,767,956

Did You Know?

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Trivia The Nakatomi tower is actually the headquarters of 20th Century Fox. The company charged itself rent for the use of the then-unfinished building. See more »
Goofs After Hans and Karl shoot out the glass, Karl is furious that McClane eluded them, whereas Karl should have actually been able to track down McClane easily by following the bloody footprints he would have left from the huge gashes in his feet. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Singin' in the Rain See more »
Crazy Credits In the widescreen version, the 20th Century Fox logo is stretched. See more »
Quotes John McClane: [huddled in an air vent, recalls his wife's invitation] "Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs..."
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