Die Hard

Die Hard

DVD - 2013
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New York detective John McClane has just arrived in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his family. As he waits for his estranged wife's office Christmas party to break up, German terrorists occupy the building, and McClane wages a one-man war to stop them.

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Any of the “Die hard” series is good for classic explosions. Another case where the bad guys are seriously fun and good guys can be annoying.


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R2_D
Jun 28, 2017

A Christmas movie with guns and explosions. Loads of fun.

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SandraLH
Jun 17, 2017

Lots of action starting out Willis' movie career, and good cast of characters.

jasoneshoup Feb 27, 2017

Best Christmas Movie ever!

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Derringer
Jan 19, 2017

What really killed me about Die Hard's story was that it was so obvious (right from the start) that the McClane character was nothing but a typical, run-of-the-mill, "do-nuts and coffee" cop.

And, yet, there McClane was kicking ass, non-stop, and taking on not one, but all 12 of the ruthless, professionally-trained terrorists and their super-brilliant leader, Hans Gruber, as well.... And, yes, McClane actually outsmarted and defeated them all. (Natch)

Yeah - It was as easy as one-two-three! - And then (get this) after all was done, McClane actually had the time and the energy to escort Holly back home to take care of business with her in bed. (Nudge. Nudge. Wink. Wink)

Phew! If you ask me - I'd say that this guy sure put the likes of Superman to shame.

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isaachar
Dec 15, 2016

Die Hard is one of those action movies that epitomizes the shoot-em-up/explosion filled 1980's action film era. There is a popular meme going around the social networks that says "There are two types of people: People who think Die Hard is a Christmas movie and people who are wrong". I am not wrong.

I've probably watched this movie every Christmas season since my parents brought it home from the VHS rental store the year after it was released in theaters. I probably always will.

SaraLovesBooks Dec 05, 2016

A solid action film from the 1980's, starring Bruce Willis and notable for kicking Alan Rickman's career into high gear, it's also a good choice for people looking for different Christmas movies. The movie does have all of the action movie tropes, but it does them in a timeless way. It does feature over-the-top action, an overly complicated villainous plot, and completely unrealistic violence, but it's Die Hard, and that's what it's known for. The first one is definitely the best of the bunch, though the third one is up there as well. Overall, it's just an exciting action movie.

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ManMachine
Aug 17, 2016

From my perspective - Die Hard immediately loses several points, right off the bat, all because of the presence of that smirking, little turd, Bruce Willis.... To me, Bruce Willis is such an easy actor to despise, and there's really nothing more to say about it.

Anyway - Willis plays New York City cop, John McClane, a failed father and husband, who flies all the way from NYC to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve in order to make some sort of ridiculous reconciliation with his estranged, little wifey, Holly. (So, deck the halls with boughs of Holly?)

McClane is, of course, invited to Holly's company Christmas party high above in the posh tower of the Nakatomi Plaza building. When big-big trouble rears its ugly head during all of the merry-making, McClane steps in (with wit and resources to spare, like it was his second-nature) and turns into a literal one-man swat team in order to take care of the bad guys.... Phew! This guy sure puts Superman to shame.

Yes. I'll admit that, on a totally superficial level, Die Hard was a pretty impressive Action Film. But, all-in-all, it was downright preposterous, too, especially with the likes of Willis at the helm of things. And Willis was, of course, the one reason why I rated this flick much lower than what you might have expected.

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akirakato
Mar 15, 2016

This is a 1988 tragedy-action-entertaining piece you would love to get thrilled on the edge-of-your-seat.
I've seen this movie three times so far, but I might just as well see it in the distant future.
I know that the whole thing is NOT realistic and profoundly action-foolish.
John McClane might have died a dozen times in the movie.
Yet all the same, I enjoyed the well-crafted movie to the hilt.

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JackPurcell
Oct 22, 2015

Lots of bad guys killed again and again.

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eastvanbookfan
Jul 02, 2014

Loved this the first time I saw in in the theatre. Not used to the 'good guy' doing such bad things to the bad guys.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Feb 13, 2016

Hans: The following people are to be released from their captors: In Northern Ireland, the seven members of the New Provo Front. In Canada, the five imprisoned leaders of Liberte de Quebec. In Sri Lanka, the nine members of the Asian Dawn movement...

John McClane: [listening on the radio] What the fuck?

Karl: [mouthing silently] Asian Dawn?

Hans: [covers the radio] I read about them in Time magazine.

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jimg2000
May 10, 2014

[to Mr. Takagi] I will count to three. There will not be a four. --- [to hostages] I wanted this to be professional. Efficient, adult, cooperative, not a lot to ask. Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way, so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.

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jimg2000
May 10, 2014

Hans Gruber: I thought I told all of you, I want radio silence until further...
John McClane: Ooooh, I'm very sorry Hans. I didn't get that memo. Maybe you should've put it on the bulletin board. I figured since I've waxed Tony and Marco and his friend here, I figured you and Karl and Franco might be a little lonely, so I decided to give you a call.
Karl Vreski: [to Hans] How does he know so much about us?!
Hans Gruber: Eh, that's... very kind of you. I assume you are our mysterious party crasher. You are most troublesome, for a security guard.
John McClane: [imitates buzzer] Sorry Hans, wrong guess. Would you like to go for Double Jeopardy where the scores can really change?
Hans Gruber: Who are you then?
John McClane: Just a fly in the ointment, Hans. The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the ass.

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Darth777Vader
Aug 29, 2013

Hans:" Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?"

John Mclane:" Yippee ki yay, motherf*****!"

laustcawz Apr 13, 2013

Hans: "You're most troublesome for a security guard." McClane: "AEHHHH!!! Sorry, Hans! Wrong guess! Would you like to go for double jeopardy, where the scores can really change??" Hans: "Who are you, then?" McClane: "Just the fly in the ointment, Hans; the monkey in the wrench; the pain in the ass."

laustcawz Aug 12, 2012

Welcome to the party, pal!!!!!!

laustcawz Jul 23, 2012

"Yippe-kay-yay, motherf***er!!"

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ct7825555
Jul 18, 2012

"Now I've got a machine gun.
HO-HO-HO!"

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EowynThandawen
Jul 17, 2012

Wait a minute, folks! The Police have got themselves an RV!

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EowynThandawen
Jul 17, 2012

Johnson. No the other Johnson.

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R2_D
Jun 28, 2017

R2_D thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Darth777Vader
Jul 11, 2013

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Darth777Vader
Jul 23, 2013

Violence: There is a lot of violence, and some of it is pretty graphic. I mean, the movie IS called DIE HARD!

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Darth777Vader
Jul 23, 2013

Coarse Language: There is a ton of swearing in this movie. Practically every second word is a swear word. I'd recommend this for ages 16 and up

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