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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 Bonnie Bedelia. 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:February 3, 1989

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
Bob A. Jennings
as Cameraman
Al Leong
as Uli
Bruno Doyon
as Franco
Andreas Wisniewski
as Tony
Joey Plewa
as Alexander
Lorenzo Caccialanza
as Marco
Gerard Bonn
as Kristoff
Dennis Hayden
as Eddie
Gary Roberts
as Heinrich
Hans Buhringer
as Fritz
Wilhelm von Homburg
as James
Bill Marcus
as City Engineer
Rick Ducommun
as City Worker
Matt Landers
as Capt. Mitchell
Carmine Zozzora
as Rivers
Dustyn Taylor
as Ginny
George Christy
as Hasseldorf
Anthony Peck
as Young Cop
Cheryl Baker
as Woman
Richard Parker
as Man
David Ursin
as Harvey Johnson
Mary Ellen Trainor
as Gail Wallens
Diana James
as Supervisor
Shelley Pogoda
as Dispatcher
Selma Archerd
as Hostage
Scot Bennett
as Hostage
Rebecca Broussard
as Hostage
Kate Finlayson
as Hostage
Shanna Higgins
as Hostage
Kym Malin
as Hostage
Taylor Fry
as Lucy McClane
Noah Land
as John Jr.
Betty Carvalho
as Paulina
Kip Waldo
as Convenience Store Clerk
Mark Goldstein
as Station Manager
Tracy Reiner
as Thornburg's Assistant
Rick Cicetti
as Guard
Fred Lerner
as Guard
Bill Margolin
as Producer
David Katz
as Soundman
Robert Lesser
as Businessman
Stella Hall
as Stewardess
Terri Lynn Doss
as Girl at Airport
P. Randall Bowers
as Kissing Man
Michele Laybourn
as Girl in Window
Matt Landers
as Capt. Mitchell
Shelley Pogoda
as Dispatcher
Mark Goldstein
as Station Manager
Robert Lesser
as Businessman
David Katz
as Soundman
David Ursin
as Harvey Johnson
Michele Laybourn
as Girl in Window
Selma Archerd
as Hostage
Bill Marcus
as City Engineer
Kate Finlayson
as Hostage
Rebecca Broussard
as Hostage
Terri Lynn Doss
as Girl at Airport
Richard Parker
as Man
Tracy Reiner
as Thornburg's Assistant
Taylor Fry
as Lucy McClane
Betty Carvalho
as Paulina
Noah Land
as John Jr.
Hans Buhringer
as Fritz
Scot Bennett
as Hostage
Carmine Zozzora
as Rivers
Kym Malin
as Hostage
Wilhelm von Homburg
as James
Al Leong
as Uli
Gary Roberts
as Heinrich
Gerard Bonn
as Kristoff
P. Randall Bowers
as Kissing Man
Rick Ducommun
as City Worker
Bill Margolin
as Producer
Bob A. Jennings
as Cameraman
Stella Hall
as Stewardess
Bruno Doyon
as Franco
Fred Lerner
as Guard
Joey Plewa
as Alexander
Cheryl Baker
as Woman
George Christy
as Hasseldorf
Diana James
as Supervisor
Anthony Peck
as Young Cop
Lorenzo Caccialanza
as Marco
Mary Ellen Trainor
as Gail Wallens
Dustyn Taylor
as Ginny
Rick Cicetti
as Guard
Kip Waldo
as Convenience Store Clerk
Dennis Hayden
as Eddie
Andreas Wisniewski
as Tony
Shanna Higgins
as Hostage

Crew

John McTiernan
Director
Lawrence Gordon
Producer
Joel Silver
Producer
Roderick Thorp
Book Author
Jeb Stuart
Screenwriter
Steven E. de Souza
Screenwriter
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
Charlie Picerni
Stunts Coordinator
Beau Marks
Second Unit Director
Brent Boates
Visual Effects
Scott Eddo
Makeup
Thaine Morris
Visual Effects
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