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.
When they first meet Takagi tells John McClane, "Pearl Harbor didn't work out, so we got you with tape decks." James Shigeta who played Takagi also played Vice Admiral Chiuichi Nagumo, one of the architects of the attack on Pearl Harbor in the film The Battle of Midway (1976).
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: ...
Electric saws used in professional construction are equipped with automatic brakes designed to stop the blade immediately when the trigger is released. A saw blade that freewheels as it spins down is a safety hazard and generally wouldn't be allowed in this type of work site.
In the widescreen version, the 20th Century Fox logo is stretched.
English, German, Italian
$601,851 (USA) (17 July 1988)