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Die Hard (1988)
USA / English
"It will blow you through the back wall of the theater! "
New York cop John McClane gives terrorists a dose of their own medicine as they hold hostages in an LA office building.
Bruce Willis John McClane
Reginald VelJohnson Sgt. Al Powell (as Reginald Veljohnson)
Bonnie Bedelia Holly Gennero McClane
Alexander Godunov Karl
Paul Gleason Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson
William Atherton Richard Thornburg
De'voreaux White Argyle
Hart Bochner Harry Ellis
Alan Rickman Hans Gruber
Dennis Hayden Eddie
Clarence Gilyard Jr. Theo
Bruno Doyon Franco
Andreas Wisniewski Tony
James Shigeta Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi
Robert Davi FBI Special Agent Johnson
Director: John McTiernan
Producer: Lawrence Gordon,Joel Silver
Writer: Roderick Thorp,Jeb Stuart
How An Action Movie Should Be Made
1988 and the undisputed number one action star was that Austrian body builder with the funny name with that monosylabic guy from ROCKY in second place . The thing I hated about Arnie and Sly is that their action movies were uninvolving with over blown battle scenes where the good guys never seemed to be in danger of dying . I was also going to bring the James Bond franchise into the conversation but the series became a parody when Bond stopped speaking with a Scottish accent sometime in the early 70s

DIE HARD is different to the other 80s action fests with John McLane being a fairly believable genre character . Okay he`s two dimensional but that`s got to be one dimension more than John Rambo who only exists to kill a lot of nasty commies so Americans can flock to the cinema . It`s also interesting to note that McLane`s wife is used in the plot which is slightly different from how most action films work out where the hero is normally single , but that`s probably because DIE HARD as more depth to it than many contemparies. Perhaps the biggest difference is that McLane is slightly flawed as we`re shown one scene where the hero gives the bad guys something they want , not something you`d see in a Arnie or Sly movie . I won`t mention the stunts or the tightly written set pieces or how compelling they are because everyone else has beat me to it , except to say that big explosions and gun fights often overwhelm an action movie ( Bond movies are a good example ) but here they occur from the narrative instead of someone cramming them into the script in a vain attempt to thrill the audience .

Normally I`d have a fit that an action blockbuster is well inside the IMDB top 250 but DIE HARD does deserve to be there since it`s the best movie of its type of its era .

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User credit 1:1001 movies you must see before you die
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Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 8.1
Musician: Michael Kamen
Running time: 131 min
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Last modified: 2008-01-14 13:04:17