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.
Paul Gleason and producer Joel Silver have both worked with the late writer-director John Hughes. Hughes directed Gleason in The Breakfast Club (1985) and She's Having a Baby (1988). Silver had produced Weird Science (1985) which John Hughes wrote and directed.
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: ...
Obvious stunt double for McClane (missing a tattoo on the shoulder) during the fight with Karl.
In the widescreen version, the 20th Century Fox logo is stretched.
English, German, Italian
$601,851 (USA) (17 July 1988)
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