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1980s, Action -Shoot-em Ups, Die Hard

Die Hard (1988)

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When terrorists take over the Nakatomi building in downtown Los Angeles they have a meticulous plan which will enable them to fulfil their wishes, despite the intervention of the LA police and then the FBI. There are twelve of them, all heavily armed, but they have not reckoned with the presence of New York policeman John McClane who has arrived in the building to try to rebuild his relationship with his wife, who is a director of the organisation. Taken by surprise McClane must fight the villains in his vest and withut his shoes. Can he and the hostages survive?

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Hans Gruber, the terrorist chief is menacing, his henchmen randomly kill people, in the yet to be completed areas of the building the policeman and the terrorists engage in gunfights, and he wins. He is also in contact with a policeman in the building’s carpark who is joined by other cops who give our hero a hard time. There are attacks by SWAT teams who are vanquished by the villain’s superior fire power, and gradually the identity of the policeman and his association with a Nakatomi director are revealed putting his at a disadvantage. There is a lot of gunfire and some major explosions, a bit of drinking and a flash of female nudity.

A View I remember the first time I saw this. My youngest son had hired the video, and in a moment of idleness I watched it. Stunning. But after 30 years things have changed a bit, and we can’t imagine a policman not putting his shoes on and whatever protective clothing he might have available before engaging in a firefight. But maybe they have learnt that from the film. But it is still a lot of fun, and it is definitely my Christmas movie, better than Towering Inferno, the usual holiday viewing in the 80s.
Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 18
Source of story A novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp
Director John McTiernan
Writers/Script Jeb Stuart, Seven E. de Souza
Starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Regineld VelJohnson, William Atherton, Alan Rickman,
Additional Info This was Alan Rickman’s first film. Up to them he had done stage and TV, but was seen by the director in Dangerous Liaisons on stage in which he played the villain.

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