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 McClane is speaking with Gruber, who is impersonating Bill Clay, there is an office directory behind Gruber. There are three names on it in order, "Degovia, De Souza, Debont" referring to the production designer, screenwriter and cinematographer.
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 John pulls the gun from his back and shoots Hans, the slide is in the 'out-of-ammo' position, i.e. : all the way back, and John then shoots the guard .
In the widescreen version, the 20th Century Fox logo is stretched.
The US television version is edited for violence but also removes the scene in which Hans and the Japanese CEO are in an elevator and Hans complements the CEO on his taste in suits.
English, German, Italian, Japanese
$601,851 (USA) (17 July 1988)