Die Hard

Release Date: July 15th, 1988

DVD Release Date: March 9th, 1999

R |2 hr 11 min

Plot Summary

New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realizes that there's no one to save the hostages -- but him.

Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Alexander Godunov, Paul Gleason, William Atherton, Hart Bochner

Director: John McTiernan

Genres: Action , Thriller

Production Co: Gordon Company, Silver Pictures

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Rescue , Office , Los Angeles , Police officer , 1980s , Gritty , Suspenseful , Revenge , Car

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    The result is a foot-stomping rouser. Where else can you get a cop in his underwear boogalooing with skyscraper terrorists? [15 July 1988, Life, p.4D]

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    Has everything but a personality. [15 July 1988, Friday, p.A]

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Not only is it a thrill-a-minute ride, but it has one of the best film villains in recent memory, a hero everyone can relate to, dialogue that crackles with wit, and a lot of very impressive pyrotechnics. show more

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Awards

Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Sound
Nominated Sound Effects Editing
Nominated Visual Effects