Twentieth Century Fox released Die Hard to theaters on July 20, 1988. John McTiernan directs the film which stars Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, and Bonnie Bedelia.
Die Hard Movie Summary
As with every great Christmas movie, our film begins on Christmas Eve. Our hero is New York City Police Detective Lieutenant John McClane, who is just arriving in Los Angeles to see his family. McClane, a product of a bygone era and chauvinistic attitudes, is estranged from his wife Holly, who has become a successful corporate officer for the Nakatomi Corporation. John hopes to reconcile with Holly over the holidays and arrives during a Christmas party being held by Holly’s boss, Joseph Takagi. McClane finds Holly, but the two are soon arguing again over what they each think their marriage is or is not about.
Meanwhile, Takagi’s party is interrupted by a group of terrorists led by Hans Gruber. The terrorists take control of the party goers, but John is alerted by the gun fire and escapes alone into the stairwell, sans shoes and a shirt. However, McClane is armed with his police issued handgun and his tough as nails attitude.
Hans introduces himself and his compatriots to the hostages, and then takes Takagi to meet with his computer expert, Theo. Hans promises to teach the Nakatomi Corporation a lesson for its greed by displaying his greed and taking $640 million in bearer bonds from the corporate vault. The terrorists are not terrorists at all. They are thieves. To acquire these bonds, Hans and Theo need Takagi’s code to get into the vault. The code is one of seven levels of security to open the vault, but Hans believes in being thorough. When Takagi refuses, Hans shoots him in the head while McClane helplessly watches from outside the conference room.
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