R | | Action, Thriller
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Jeb Stuart was having difficulty writing the screenplay until he had a near-death experience while driving at night in Los Angeles, after a fight with his wife. He was driving behind a truck carrying refrigerators, and one of the fridge boxes fell out of the ... ...
You don't like flying, do you?
John McClane: What gives you that idea?
Businessman: You wanna know the secret to surviving air travel? After you get where you're going, take off your shoes and your socks then walk around on the rug bare foot and make fists with your toes.
John McClane: ...
When Karl shoots the second security guard after first entering the building, you can see the outline of the fake blood packets under his shirt.
In the widescreen version, the 20th Century Fox logo is stretched.
English, German, Italian
$601,851 (USA) (17 July 1988)
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