'Die Hard' turns 25!

By Robert Kirchgassner ,
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This year marks the silver anniversary of one of the most influential action pictures ever made-Die Hard!

John McClane (Bruce Willis) is a New York policeman traveling to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve to rendezvous with his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia). They meet at her office building, where a holiday party is being held.

However, before the couple can make amends, terrorists suddenly seize the building and take everyone hostage except for McClane, who manages to sneak away and attempts to thwart the criminals. But their leader (Alan Rickman) remains determined to accomplish the group’s goals, even after McClane manages to alert authorities of the situation.

The premise, about one man fighting many, became the basis for future action pictures such as Under Siege (1992) and Air Force One (1997), not to mention the film’s own sequels. Willis was best known at the time for his role on the series Moonlighting, but this movie’s success made him a film star. It also made Rickman, who today is arguably best known for playing Snape in the Harry Potter film series , a household name.

Die Hard’s director, John McTiernan, previously scored with Predator (1987) and would go on to do so again with The Hunt for Red October (1990) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).



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