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Die Hard

Year:
Duration:
131 min
Genres:
Action | Thriller
IMDB rate:
8.3
Director:
John McTiernan
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1988-07-20
Filming Locations: Los Angeles International Airport - 1 World Way, Los Angeles, California, USA
Earnings
Budget: $28,000,000
Opening Weekend: $601,851 (USA) (17 July 1988)
Gross: $80,707,729 (USA) (5 February 1989)
Cast
Actor
Character
Hans Buhringer
Hans Buhringer
Die Hard
Terri Lynn Doss
Terri Lynn Doss
Die Hard
Taylor Fry
Taylor Fry
Die Hard
Kym Malin
Kym Malin
Die Hard
Bruce Willis
Officer John McClane
Bonnie Bedelia
Holly Gennaro McClane
Reginald VelJohnson
Sgt. Al Powell
Paul Gleason
Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson
William Atherton
Richard Thornburg
Hart Bochner
Harry Ellis
James Shigeta
Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi
Alan Rickman
Hans Gruber
Bruno Doyon
Franco
De'voreaux White
Argyle
Andreas Wisniewski
Tony
Clarence Gilyard Jr.
Theo
Joey Plewa
Alexander
Lorenzo Caccialanza
Marco
Gérard Bonn
Kristoff
Dennis Hayden
Eddie
Al Leong
Uli
Gary Roberts
Heinrich
Wilhelm von Homburg
James
Robert Davi
FBI Special Agent Big Johnson
Grand L. Bush
FBI Agent Little Johnson
Bill Marcus
City Engineer
Rick Ducommun
Walt, City Worker
Matt Landers
Capt. Mitchell
Carmine Zozzora
Rivers
Dustyn Taylor
Ginny
George Christy
Dr. Hasseldorf
Anthony Peck
Young Cop
Cheryl Baker
Woman
Richard Parker
Man
David Ursin
Harvey Johnson
Mary Ellen Trainor
Gail Wallens
Diana James
Police Supervisor
Shelley Pogoda
Dispatcher
Selma Archerd
Hostage
Scot Bennett
Hostage
Rebecca Broussard
Hostage
Kate Finlayson
Hostage
Shanna Higgins
Hostage
Noah Land
John McClane Jr.
Betty Carvalho
Paulina
Kip Waldo
Convenience Store Clerk
Mark Goldstein
Station Manager
Tracy Reiner
Thornburg's Assistant
Rick Cicetti
Guard
Fred Lerner
Guard
Bill Margolin
Producer
Bob Jennings
Cameraman
Bruce P. Schultz
Cameraman
David Katz
Soundman
Robert Lesser
Businessman
Stella Hall
Stewardess
Jon E. Greene
Boy at Airport
P. Randall Bowers
Kissing Man
Michele Laybourn
Girl in Window
Rick Bross
Cameraman
Marshall Dancing Elk Lucas
Police Officer
Charlie Picerni
Dwayne T. Robinson's Driver
Gary Pinkston
Hostage
Mark Winn
Police Detective
Did you know?
Trivia
The office interiors were designed to resemble Fallingwater, a house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
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Director John McTiernan found it necessary to smash cut away from Hans Gruber's face whenever he fired a gun, because of Alan Rickman's uncontrollable habit of flinching from the noise and muzzle flash. If you look at Rickman's face when he shoots Takagi, you can see him wincing.
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On Alan Rickman's first day of shooting he filmed the scene where Hans Gruber first runs into John McClane. He made a jump off the ledge about three feet high. He injured his knee when he landed and damaged some cartilage in his knee. He was told by his doctor not to put any weight on that leg and he had to use crutches for a week. For the rest of the scene where Hans Gruber is standing and talking to John McClane, Alan Rickman is standing on one leg for the entire time and has a leg brace on under his pants.
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Goofs
Near the end of the movie, when McClane walks through the large hall (where the hostages had been held captive earlier), you can see a shadow of someone behind the Christmas tree just after the tree falls.
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Squibs are visible on the metal door that McClane goes through when Karl shoots at him during their final fight.
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When the APC blows up and you are viewing the outside view of the vehicle exploding you can clearly see a camera man standing in the window where the rocket was shot from.
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Quotes
Dwayne T. Robinson: We don't know shit, Powell. If there's hostages, how come nobody's come to us with ransom demands, huh? If there's terrorists in there, where's their list of demands? All we know is that somebody shot your car up. It's probably the same silly son of a bitch you've been talking to on that radio.
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Hans Gruber: "And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer." Benefits of a classical education.
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Harry Ellis: [watching the terrorists in deep discussion] What do you think?
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Faq
Q
What kind of handgun does John McClane use in the movie?
A
The Beretta 92F, a common handgun also used by the US Armed Forces since 1985. This was never issued to the NYPD so McClane must have bought it privately. He continues using the Beretta in the next two Die Hard films & changes to a SIG Sauer P220R for Live Free or Die Hard.
Q
How did McClane know the C4 would explode on the floor that Hans' men using the rocket launcher were on?
A
He didn't, however, he did know that the elevator car they used was stopped at that floor. All he had to do was insert the detonator & let the chair with the C4 & the computer monitor strapped to it hit the elevator car & explode.
Q
Who are the 'terrorists'?
A
Actually, the villiains are not terrorists, they are simply robbers who are posing as terrorists as part of their scheme to manipulate the authorities for their real apolitical goal. There are 13 "terrorists," led by the former German terrorist Hans Gruber. Hans' second-in-command is compatriot Karl (Alexander Godunov), whose brother Tony (Andreas Wisniewski) is also involved. There are two Americans: Eddie (Dennis Hayden), who impersonates a security guard in the lobby, and Theo (Clarence Gilyard Jr.), the computer whiz kid. Theo is assisted in cracking the vault by Kristoffe (Gérard Bonn), who appears to be French. The missile team is made up of marksman Alexander (Joey Plewa) and loader James (Wilhelm von Homburg). Heinrich (Gary Roberts) is tasked with rigging the explosives on the roof, a job he undertakes with Uli (Al Leong) and Marco (Lorenzo Caccialanza). Finally there is Fritz (Hans Buhringer) and Franco (Bruno Doyon), who each carry out a wide range of jobs during the heist.
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Photos from cast
Hans Buhringer Terri Lynn Doss Taylor Fry Alexander Godunov Kym Malin