Die Hard

Release Date: July 15th, 1988

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.

Directed By: John McTiernan

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


John McClane is a New York City cop who flies to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly, for a Christmas party at her place of work, the Nakatomi building. Unfortunately for everyone at the party, including John, the building is taken hostage by a group of Europeans, headed by Hans Gruber. It is up to John to figure out a way to take back the building and rescue all the hostages, including Holly.


Unlike a lot of people out there, I only recently started watching Die Hard. When I was younger, I probably watched it on TV but have no recollection of doing so. I bought the 3 movie collection a few years back and really enjoy the first Die Hard.

Die Hard is a classic action flick that people either consider a Christmas movie or they don’t. While the movie isn’t directly a holiday film, it does feature some Christmas music, Christmas decorations, and has a Christmas party thrown in.

Bruce Willis makes for a fantastic John McClane. He works as an action star but also throws in a lot of funny one liners. A few others actors were either considered for the role or turned it down but I can only see Bruce Willis in the role. He just worked perfectly.

Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber was pretty good. He is suave and isn’t a downright villain. He tries to reason with people and does give them a chance to survive but doesn’t take any bull either.

I always enjoy Reginald VelJohnson as Al, the cop who responds to John’s plea for help and is the one who believes in John the entire time he is stuck in the Nakatomi building. He is the ray of light guiding McClane to safety. His acting in Die Hard was just really good. He always manages to play a cop in everything I have seen him in (my notably Family Matters).

Overall, Die Hard is the classic action film. It has everything you need for a good time and the movie just flows right along. You get caught up in the action and everything just works perfectly.



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