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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 Hungarian title is "Give your life expensive", the title of the sequel is "Your life is more expensive", and the third part is "The life is always expensive"
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John McTiernan was originally going to make Commando 2, but Arnold Schwarzenegger turned the role offer down. Commando 2 was transformed into this film; Schwarzenegger was the first actor offered the title role, but he again declined. Eventually Bruce Willis would get the part after it had been offered to Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Richard Gere.
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Hans Gruber's fall was filmed at 300 frames per second.
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Goofs
Much of the "word play" between" McClane (Bruce Willis) in the building and Sgt. Powell outside made reference to Roy Rogers, by calling each other "Roy" and with McClane shouting "Happy Trails" (Roy Rogers' theme song) at the terrorists. However, the phrase "Yippee Ki O" to Hans is line more associated with Gene Autry than with Roy Rogers.
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When John is searching the body of Karl's brother, in one shot the terrorist's legs are straight, but in the next shot, they are curled to the left.
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When McClane is having a gun fight on the roof of the building he slides down a slide with his machine gun in the right hand; the next shot he has the gun in the left hand.
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Quotes
John McClane: [cops start coming towards the building] You macho assholes, no, no!
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Supervisor: [as McClane tries to call up police] Attention, whoever you are, this channel is reserved for emergency calls only.
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John McClane: [stealing Tony's shoes] Nine million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister.
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Faq
Q
What are bearer bonds?
A
Normally when bonds are issued they are issued to a specific person or company. This is beneficial to the recipient, so that if the bond is ever lost, stolen, or destroyed, it can be replaced by the issuer at no loss. Bearer bonds are not issued to anyone in particular and are therefore more like blank checks. If they are lost or stolen there is no recovery possible, as there is no record kept of the original owner. Anyone who has physical possession of a bearer bond is free to redeem it, which makes them very tempting targets for thieves. In the early 1980s the U.S. Government made issuance of bearer bonds illegal, as their use made it much easier for drug lords and organized crime to conduct their illegal activity, hide their assets, and avoid paying their taxes.
Q
What is the origin of "Yippee ki-yay"?
A
When Hans asks John if he was a child who thought of himself as John Wayne, Rambo, or Marshall Dillon, John replies, "I was always partial to Roy Rogers actually". Hans then says, "Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr Cowboy?" to which John responds with "Yippee ki-yay!" The reference is to a song on Roy Rogers' TV show about being a cowboy. The chorus went something like, "Yippee-ki-yay..ki-yay, yippee ki-yo, he's the toughest critter west of the Alamo.'
Q
Who was the guy McClane dropped onto Powell's squad car?
A
Marco, the guy McClane shoots through the table.
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Photos from cast
Hans Buhringer Terri Lynn Doss Taylor Fry Alexander Godunov Kym Malin