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9,253 Ratings

Die Hard

Directed by John McTiernan
United States, 1988
Action, Thriller


Wisecracking NYPD cop John McClane plans to reconcile with his estranged wife. His plan is thwarted by the terrorists who have taken her workplace hostage. In a bid to save his wife and her innocent co-workers, he brazenly attempts to defeat the bad guys.

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Die Hard Directed by John McTiernan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1989 | 4 nominations including: Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing

National Film Preservation Board

2017 | Winner: National Film Registry

It’s hard not to be impressed by how persistently satisfying the movie is. No matter how many times I watch it or how well I know the plot beats, each time it begins, it’s like my mind gets wiped clean, and I’m surprised anew by every pivot in the story, by the way the movie’s deceptively simple setup steadily grows into a monster of a premise, full of complicated relationships.
July 13, 2018
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The movie lost me at a single moment, about a third of the way in—when McClane, falling down an elevator shaft, catches himself by the fingertips on the recessed inside of an air vent. At that moment, the rules of the game change—the drama passes from heroics to superheroics and McClane’s exertions rise from extraordinary to incredible.
August 03, 2017
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There’s a remarkable strain of satire coursing through the picture, and what’s being made fun of (and simultaneously celebrated, for audience-pleasing purposes) is machismo itself. Character after character gets himself wounded or ends up dead because he gives into preening male rage and cocky overconfidence.
July 15, 2013
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