Old School SundayDie Hard (1988)
Staring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald Vel Johnson, Alan Rickman
New York policeman John McClain is not having a good day. His marriage is on the rocks, and the building he is in is being taken over by terrorist. What is a guy to do? Well, kill the bad guys! John's wife is one of the hostages so he goes after them one by one and ruins the terrorist plan to pull of their robbery all the while arguing with the police Sgt who is on the outside trying to send in the swat team.
Well, it is sad to say that the day has come when the movies I grew up watching are now considered Old School. *Sighs* Die Hard is the movie that made Bruce Willis a star, some people were not sure that he could pull of the tough guy act because he was considered a comedy actor (moonlighting, sunset), but he proved he could and has become one of the biggest action actors of all times.
I really love this movie and I am a total Die Hard fan. One of my favorite actors also plays the villian(Alan Rickman) so I must like the villian a bit, but I still shout for the good guy to win. I love action packed movies and this one. I could do with out the foul language though one of the very notable qoutes in this whole movie has a nasty little curse word, but you look for it in every Die Hard movie. Yippie-ki-yay (well you know)
The scene in which Gruber and McClane meet was inserted in to the script after Alan Rickman (Hans Gruber) was found to be proficient at mimicking American accents. The filmmakers had been looking for a way to have the two characters meet prior to the climax and capitalized on Rickman's talent.
Don Johnson and Richard Dean Anderson, both established action stars in television, were considered for the role of John McClane.
The scene where McClane falls down a shaft was a mistake by the stuntman, who was supposed to grab the first vent, as it originally was planned. He slipped and continued to fall, but the shot was used anyway; it was edited together with one where McClane grabs the next vent down as he falls.
Bruce Willis was the fifth choice for the main character. It originally went to Arnold Schwarzenegger, then Sylvester Stallone, then Burt Reynolds, then Richard Gere before Willis got it.
Bruce Willis filmed "Die Hard" while starring in the TV series "Moonlighting" (1985). By the time the series ended, "Die Hard" was available on VHS. In one of the last "Moonlighting" episodes, Willis and a love interest are seen walking past a video rental store while an employee is tearing a "Die Hard" poster down from the window.