Die Hard

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NYPD cop John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife, Holly, is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of pitiless terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.

  1. Steven E. de Souza


  2. Jeb Stuart


  3. Roderick Thorp


  4. John McTiernan


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  1. Bruce Willis

    Bruce Willis

    John McClane

  2. Alan Rickman

    Alan Rickman

    Hans Gruber

  3. Alexander Godunov

    Alexander Godunov


  4. Bonnie Bedelia

    Bonnie Bedelia

    Holly Gennero McClane

  5. Reginald VelJohnson

    Reginald VelJohnson

    Sgt. Al Powell

  6. William Atherton

    William Atherton

    Richard Thornburg

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 11m

Budget $28,000,000.00

Revenue $140,767,956.00

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Release Information

  • July 15, 1988
    R, Theatrical (limited)
  • July 22, 1988
    R, Theatrical
  • March 9, 1999
    R, Physical
  • November 20, 2007
    R, Physical



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A review by doktorkraesch

By doktorkraesch

This is one of the definitive 80s Action Films.

There is no nonsense whatsoever, the plot moves along with such a pace that the viewer is not disturbed by implausabilities.

Bruce Willis plays the likeable "regular guy", who is forced bare-foot into unleashing mayhem and destruction, to perfection.

His brilliant opposite is Alan Rickman, playing the German villain Hans Gruber in such a way that you almost root for him to get away with his heist. Also, he thankfully dispatches the office sleazeball, Ellis, in a wonderful scene.

The bad guys in Die Hard are more likeable than their... read the rest.

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