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.
This was the first of three films between Robert Davi and Grand L. Bush. The other two films being Licence to Kill (1989), and Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993).
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: ...
John's tank top changes from white to gray in various scenes.
In the widescreen version, the 20th Century Fox logo is stretched.
The foreign languages used by the terrorists (mostly German) have been fixed for the remastered Special Edition VHS version. The grammar is now correct in almost all places. The only sequences in which the grammar and pronunciation are still poor are Hans Gruber's dialogs.
English, German, Italian, Japanese
$601,851 (USA) (17 July 1988)