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Die Hard
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Directed By
John McTiernan

Written By:
Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza

Cast:
Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Paul Gleason, William Atherton, Reginald Vel Johnson, Hart Bochner, James Shigeta, Mary Ellen Trainor, De'voreaux White, Robert Davi, Ric Ducommun, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Andreas Wisniewski, James Shigeta, Grand L. Bush, Lorenzo Caccialanza, Al Leong, Dennis Hayden, Matt Landers, Bruno Doyon, Matt Landers, Joey Plewa

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Die Hard (1988)
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Movie Review by Justin
December 27th, 2006

'Try Hard' to find a better action flick

The model for what has become the "one man wages war against terrorists" staple in action flicks, DIE HARD marries pure kinetic action with witty humor, and sets it all against a realistic mileau. Willis gives us an inspired hero in John McClane, one whom we immediately respond to; his efforts are borne of genuine desperation. Even the villains in this picture are quite different than we'd guess at first. Hans' cheap but thick Euro sense of nobility is really a front for what makes the film's climax the more spectacular. McTiernan makes exceptional use of set design -- McClane seems to crawl/fall/jump/fight his way through every nook and cranny of that building -- and he doesn't snuff out the screenplay's sharp characterization and careful plotting with overbearing violence. As an action thriller, it doesn't have the great emotional qualities of, say, the original LETHAL WEAPON, but it's terrifically entertaining and it delivers on the promise of its title.

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SHAYNE
Dec 28, 2006 8:23 AM
 
BRUCE WILLIS AT HIS FINEST. A BENCHMARK IN ACTION MOVIES.

SHAYNE



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