New York cop John McClane flies to Los Angeles on Christmas eve to spend the holidays with his family. He arrives at the Nakatomi corp. building for his wife’s office party. International terrorists take over the building and hold every one as hostage to steel $600 million of bonds from the vaults of the building. Now its up to McCLane to face the terrorists and save his wife and the other hostages. —IMDb
A master craftsman notable for his almost Hitchcockian ability to create suspense and keep action moving at an exhilarating pace, director John McTiernan began his involved with theatrical arts early in life. His father was an opera singer, and McTiernan made his theatrical debut at age seven playing bit roles in his father’s shows. After high school he became involved with summer stock, where he directed, acted, and designed until attended Julliard and New York University, where he studied film. He then became designer and technical director at the Manhattan School of Music.
McTiernan went on to make over 200 television commercials before making his feature film debut by directing the fantasy horror movie Nomads (1985). He followed that up with Predator (1987), a sci-fi action film featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger that spawned a franchise.
In 1988, McTiernan helmed his best-known film, the blockbuster Die Hard. Starring Bruce Willis, the film was a hit with both audiences… read more
For a certain kind of action fan, "Die Hard" isn't a movie; it's a religion. It represents nothing less than the Platonic ideal of the genre. The screenplay's structure is airtight, with enough time allotted to introducing the characters and setting up the plot such that the audience actually gives a damn once the explosions go off. Here the banter is snappy, the performances are rock solid, and John McTiernan's direction is as precise as a Swiss watch. Whether he's providing the viewer with subtle exposition or orchestrating a violent shootout, what McTiernan brings to the action genre is an uncommon elegance.