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.
Bruce Willis observed in an interview that many of the real police officers he met with to help prepare for the role and who served as technical advisers on the film all had a very dark, macabre sense of humor, which he tried to factor into his performance. ... ...
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: ...
As John is fighting Karl towards the end of the movie, Karl's harness is clearly visible as he is dragged across the room by the chains which are supposedly round his neck.
In the widescreen version, the 20th Century Fox logo is stretched.
English, German, Italian, Japanese
$601,851 (USA) (17 July 1988)