Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan, produced by Joel Silver, and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It was produced by the Gordon Company and Silver Pictures, and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
The film was placed in the National Film Registry in 2017.
A planned sixth film entitled McClane was cancelled, but will be rebooted as a prequel television series entitled Easter.
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 he's the only person who can save the hostages.
Why It Rocks
- Bruce Willis does a great performance as John McClane.
- Cool action scenes.
- Great acting.
- Plenty of heartwarming moments such as John trying to protect his family from the terrorists.
- For an R-rated action film, it sure gives plenty of Christmas themes to make this film look like a Christmas movie.
- Alan Rickman's performance as Hans Gruber is fantastic in so many ways.
- The famous movie line ''Yippie-ki-yay, motherfucker!''
- Product placement for Twinkies.
- While the first three sequels were all worthy follow-ups, but the fourth sequel, A Good Day to Die Hard, was terrible.
- There's heavy debates on the internet about whether this film is a Christmas movie or not. Famously, Bruce Willis declared it's not a Christmas movie, but the screenwriter and many of the Internet thought otherwise.