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Die Hard Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah. Until Die Hard came along, Bruce Willis was merely that wisecracking guy on Moonlighting. After the film's profits started rolling in, Willis found himself one of the highest-paid and most sought-after leading men in Hollywood. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 15, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Edlund Best Visual Effects 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Thaine Morris Best Visual Effects 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stephen Flick Best Sound Effects 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Brent Boates Best Visual Effects 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don Bassman Best Sound 1988 Nominee

Cast

Bruce Willis
as John McClane
Alan Rickman
as Hans Gruber
Bonnie Bedelia
as Holly Gennero McClane
Alexander Godunov
as Karl
Reginald VelJohnson
as Sgt. Al Powell
William Atherton
as Thornburg
Paul Gleason
as Dwayne T. Robinson
De'Voreaux White
as Argyle
Hart Bochner
as Ellis
James Shigeta
as Takagi
Robert Davi
as Big Johnson
Grand L. Bush
as Little Johnson
Clarence Gilyard, Jr.
as Theo
Anthony Peck
as Young Cop
Dustyn Taylor
as Ginny
Joey Plewa
as Alexander
Mary Ellen Trainor
as Gail Wallens
Carmine Zozzora
as Rivers
George Christy
as Hasseldorf
Richard Parker
as Man
Hans Buhringer
as Fritz
Rick Ducommun
as City Worker
Michele Laybourn
as Girl in Window
Rick Cicetti
as Guard
Noah Land
as John Jr.
Taylor Fry
as Lucy McClane
Bill Margolin
as Producer
Matt Landers
as Capt. Mitchell
Betty Carvalho
as Paulina
Lorenzo Caccialanza
as Marco
Rebecca Broussard
as Hostage
Cheryl Baker
as Woman
Selma Archerd
as Hostage
Fred Lerner
as Guard
Scot Bennett
as Hostage
Gerard Bonn
as Kristoff
Bill Marcus
as City Engineer
David Katz
as Soundman
P. Randall Bowers
as Kissing Man
David Ursin
as Harvey Johnson
Tracy Reiner
as Thornburg's Assistant
Wilhelm von Homburg
as James
Terri Lynn Doss
as Girl at Airport
Andreas Wisniewski
as Tony
Kip Waldo
as Convenience Store Clerk
Shanna Higgins
as Hostage
Shelley Pogoda
as Dispatcher
Diana James
as Supervisor
Robert Lesser
as Businessman
Dennis Hayden
as Eddie
Kym Malin
as Hostage
Kate Finlayson
as Hostage
Al Leong
as Uli
Bob A. Jennings
as Cameraman
Stella Hall
as Stewardess
Gary Roberts
as Heinrich
Bruno Doyon
as Franco
Mark Goldstein
as Station Manager

Crew

John McTiernan
Director
Lawrence Gordon
Producer
Joel Silver
Producer
Jeb Stuart
Screenwriter
Steven E. de Souza
Screenwriter
Roderick Thorp
Book Author
Jan de Bont
Cinematographer
Michael Kamen
Composer (Music Score)
Jackson de Govia
Production Designer
John R. Jensen
Art Director
Beau Marks
Associate Producer
Charles Gordon
Executive Producer
E.C. Chen
Set Designer
Marilyn Vance
Costume Designer
Richard Edlund
Special Effects
Benjamin Rosenberg
First Assistant Director
Art Fransen
Consultant/advisor
Jackie Burch
Casting
Scott Eddo
Makeup
Beau Marks
Second Unit Director
Charlie Picerni
Stunts Coordinator
Thaine Morris
Visual Effects
Brent Boates
Visual Effects
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