R | | Action, Thriller
An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
After seeing the movie Heart Like a Wheel (1983), Bruce Willis loved Bonnie Bedelia's performance in that film, he personally recommended her to play his estranged wife.
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 Hans is pretending to be Bill Clay his hairstyle keeps changing.
In the widescreen version, the 20th Century Fox logo is stretched.
The new released German Special Edition DVD version is now uncut (FSK 16) because of re-rating.
English, German, Italian, Japanese
$601,851 17 July 1988