JOHN McTIERNAN | USA | 1988 | 132 MIN | R
You know the story. It’s Christmas Eve in L.A. and only NYPD Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) can stop a group of terrorists led by the ruthless and charming Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) from blowing up the top of Nakatomi Tower and killing all the hostages inside—including John’s estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia). Barefoot and woefully outnumbered, John uses the element of surprise and his savage sense of humor to pick off Gruber’s men one by one in a series of masterfully escalating set pieces. Director John McTiernan made a landmark action film, creating with Willis an iconic, vulnerable, everyman hero at the center of a thrilling spectacle that still towers over its many, many imitators thirty years later. And as Gruber, the late, great Alan Rickman gave us one of cinema’s most memorable villains. Put aside the debate over whether or not DIE HARD is a Christmas film (of course it is) and come see one of the smartest and most satisfying action movies ever made.
Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia
“As high tech, rock hard, and souped up as an action film can be.” –Variety
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