The Die Hard series is a series of action films beginning with Die Hard in 1988, which was based on the 1979 novel, Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp.Die Hard (1st) is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steve de Souza and Jeb Stuart. All five films are involve the character of John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) who is a New York City police detective who finds himself fighting a group of terrorists/anarchists in each episode. Die Hard (1988 ) is directed by John McTiernan and written by Steve de Souza and Jeb Stuart .It was the film by virtue of which Bruce Willis rose as an action icon and got a large fan following. It was a commercial blockbuster. Its main cast includes Bruce Willis as New York City police detective John McClane, Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber, the leader of the terrorists, Bonnie Bedelia as Holly Gennaro-McClane, John’s wife, Alexander Godunov as Karl, Hans’ main henchman,Paul Gleason as Dwayne T. Robinson, the Deputy Chief of Police, De’voreaux White as Argyle, the limousine driver,Hart Bochner as Harry Ellis, Nakatomi executive, James Shigeta as Joseph Takagi, Nakatomi’s head executive. As regarding Alan Rickman ,those who are not familiar with him, he is Professor Snape from Harry Potter.
The plot centers round New York City Police Department officer John McClane on a Christmas Eve as he takes on a group of highly organized goons, led by Hans Gruber, performing a heist under the pretext of a terrorist attack, using hostages, including McClane’s wife Holly, to keep the cops at bay.
The film’s and its story of a single-handed hero battling a whole host of gritty opponents in an lonely setting also became a common plot for later action movies which followed its wake.It became a cult classic due to it fierce action and dialogues .It shows a hero’s battle when he is in desperate situation and has few options.It glorified machoness and masculinity. According to a commentary from the film’s DVD release, Alan Rickman’s astonishment when Gruber is dropped from the building is authentic: the director chose to release Rickman a full second before he anticipated it in order to get genuine surprise, a move which incensed Rickman. The text commentary track also reveals that the shooting script did not originally feature the meeting between McClane and Gruber pretending to be a hostage; it was only written in when it was discovered that Rickman could perform a rather compelling American accent. The film gave birth to three popular sequels: Die Hard 2 (1990), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) and Live Free or Die Hard (2007). A fifth film in the series, with the working title A Good Day to Die Hard, is scheduled for release on February 14, 2013.
BTW, which is your favorite Die Hard sequel?
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