Alan Rickman in "Die Hard" (1988)

Die Hard (1988) Directed by John McTiernan
Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber

Hans (reading the graffiti scrawled on dead Tony’s sweatshirt): “Now I have a machine gun. Ho. Ho. Ho.”

11 Responses to “Die Hard (1988)”

  1. Yep, this is certainly a Christmas movie because of the time setting, though of course a rather unconvential one. It does hold up quite well though, and it’s popularity is well-earned.

  2. “And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.”

  3. Watching this one again right now. Dum-da-dum-delightful as ever.

  4. My favorite movie based on a Shane Black screenplay

  5. Unless I’m mixing something up (has been known to happen) I don’t think Shane Black had anything to do with “Die Hard”. That other maestro of 80s American action, Steven E. De Souza, is a co-writer though.

  6. You’re right. Of course.

  7. Yeah, Shane Black’s contribution to excessive, slam-bang 80s action classics was LETHAL WEAPON. The dialogue in DIE HARD isn’t consistently wacky enough for Black, though it certainly has its moments.

  8. Although I have been known to enjoy some of the goofy charms of Lethal Weapon, that film doesn’t hold a candle to Die Hard. Even Die Hard’s derivative and mostly uninspired sequels are better than Lethal Weapon’s (I say mostly, because there’s about 15 minutes early in Die Hard 3 with Willis and Jackson riffing off each other that’s funny). Plus per capita, Die Hard beats Lethal Weapon for most mullets.

  9. Plus DIE HARD is packed with a whole mess of douchey ringers. I mean, William Atherton, Hart Bochner, AND John Vernon? It’s like a murderers’ row of 80s-era dudes you love to hate.

  10. One of the few appearances of Hart Bochner, who was Hollywood’s up-and-coming IT man for all of 15 minutes when he was cast in this. And who wouldn’t be Hollywood’s IT man with a name like that? After turning a supporting role in Supergirl into a starring role in Apartment Zero, Bochner couldn’t turn this and Zero into anything. Only a very young Colin Ferth got his due from Zero.

    And classic evil 80’s-era Asian everyman Al Leong, in what remains one of the funnier sight-gags in the film. Plus Al is also in Lethal Weapon, suffering one of the most ridiculous head-snapping deaths ever recorded to film (while I’m not an expert, I’d be willing to bet killing someone with your ankles is much harder than Mel Gibson makes it look).

    But my favorite henchman in Die Hard is still Dennis Hayden, who looks weirdly like an evil Huey Lewis in Die Hard. I’ve always thought it would have been a nice Easter egg to discover that McTiernan cast a specific character actor resembling each active member of the News too, and that there was an outtake of them karaoking The Heart of Rock and Roll at the wrap party.

  11. I think in my head I quickly make the connection Action + Christmas = Shane Black and I didn’t really think it through all that carefully. Or I was drunk. Or both.

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