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.
Al Pacino was considered for the role of John McClane, but turned it down.
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: ...
Gruber says "Schiess den Fenster" ("shoot the window"), but when he says it in English, he says "shoot the glass". Perhaps the writers thought that the German "glas" wasn't "German enough".
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 compliments the CEO on his taste in suits.
English, German, Italian, Japanese
$601,851 (USA) (17 July 1988)
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