DIE HARD and BRUCE WILLIS

 

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Bruce Willi stars as New York City Detective John McClane, newly arrived in Los Angeles to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia). But as Mclane waits for his wife's office party to break up, terrorist take control of the building. While the terrorist leader, Hans gruber (Alexander Godunov) round up hostages, McClane slips away unnoticed. Armed with only a service revolver and his cunning, McClane launches his own one-man war. A crackling thriller from beginning to end, Die Hard explodes with heart-stopping suspense.

 

 

Bruce Willis

 

Bruce Willis

 

 

United States, 1988
Running Length: 2:11
MPAA Classification: R (Extreme violence, profanity, brief nudity)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov, Reginald Veljohnson
Director: John McTiernan
Producers: Lawrence Gordon and Joel Silver
Screenplay: Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza based on the novel by Roderick Thorp
Cinematography: Jan De Bont
Music: Michael Kamen
U.S. Distributor: 20th Century Fox

 

 

Die Hard represents the class of modern action pictures and the standard by which they must be judged. Few films falling into the "mindless entertainment" genre have as much going for them as this movie. Not only is it a thrill-a-minute ride, but it has one of the best film villains in recent memory, a hero everyone can relate to, dialogue that crackles with wit, and a lot of very impressive pyrotechnics.

 

John McClane (Bruce Willis) had intended to spend a nice, quiet Christmas with his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) and children, ironing out his marital problems and trying to resolve the situation that has him working in New York City as a cop while her career keeps her in Los Angeles. Unfortunately for John, a group of terrorists, led by the suave Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), has other ideas. After taking over the high rise Nakatomi Tower and holding the attendees of the Christmas party (including Holly) hostage, they begin the time-consuming and complex procedure of breaking into the building's vault. However, one thing -- perhaps the only thing -- that Hans didn't plan on was John McClane, the self-professed "fly in the ointment," who is on the loose inside, and whose goals are in direct contradiction with those of the terrorists.

 

With Die Hard, director John McTiernan (Predator) has given us a modern action classic -- a movie that doesn't slow down until the end credits are rolling to the tune of "Let It Snow." McTiernan is a master of pacing, and on those few occasions when the script lets him down, the camerawork of Jan De Bont comes to the rescue. This film is explosive in more ways than one -- a lavish, noisy extravaganza that gets the adrenaline flowing.

 

 

Bruce WIllis as John McClane

 

Bruce WIllis as John McClane

 

 

 

Also Known As:

Piege de cristal

Production Status:

Released

Genres:

Action/Adventure and Thriller

Running Time:

2 hrs. 7 min.

MPAA Rating:

R

Distributors:

20th Century Fox

Production Co.:

Gordon Company Productions, Silver Pictures

U.S. Box Office:

$80,707,729

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Produced in:

United States

 

 

Bruce Willis is perfect as the wisecracking John McClane, an "everyday" sort of guy who gets caught up in circumstances that force him to play the reluctant hero. This is a person that we can root for, even when some of the things he's doing are humanly impossible. Willis' acting skills are limited (although he did fine work playing a Vietnam Vet in In Country), but it's hard to imagine anyone else in this role.

 

Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber redefines the action genre villain. The man's charm lies in that volatile mixture of violence and cunning, all sheathed in a gentlemanly civility. Hans is intelligent, and Rickman plays the part with not only a sense of the man he's portraying, but an obvious respect for him as well. It doesn't take many minutes of screen time for us to be aware that Hans is no ordinary terrorist.

 

 

 

Cast of Actors

Bruce Willis

John McClane

Bonnie Bedelia

Holly Gennaro McClane

Reginald Veljohnson

Sergeant Al Powell

Paul Gleason

Dwayne T Robinson

De'Voreaux White

Argyle

William Atherton

Thornburg

Hart Bochner

Ellis

James Shigeta

Takagi

Alan Rickman

Hans Gruber--Terrorist

Alexander Godunov

Karl--Terrorist

Bruno Doyon

Franco--Terrorist

Andreas Wisniewski

Tony--Terrorist

Clarence Gilyard

Theo--Terrorist

Joey Plewa

Alexander--Terrorist

Lorenzo Caccialanza

Marco--Terrorist

Gerard Bonn

Kristoff--Terrorist

Dennis Hayden (II)

Eddie--Terrorist

Al Leong

Uli--Terrorist

Gary Roberts (II)

Heinrich--Terrorist

Hans Buhringer

Fritz--Terrorist

Wilhelm Von Homburg

James--Terrorist

Robert Davi

Big Johnson

Grand L. Bush

Little Johnson

Bill Marcus

City Engineer

Rick Ducommun

City Worker

Matt Landers

Captain Mitchell

Carmine Zozzora

Rivers

Dustyn Taylor

Ginny

George Christy

Hasseldorf

Tony Peck

Young Cop

Cheryl Baker

Woman

Richard Parker

Man

David Ursin

Harvey Johnson

Mary Ellen Trainor

Gail Wallens

Diana James

Supervisor

Shelley Pogoda

Dispatcher

Selma Archerd (II)

Hostage

Scot Bennett

Hostage

Rebecca Broussard

Hostage

Kate Finlayson

Hostage

Shanna Higgins

Hostage

Kym Malin

Hostage

Taylor Fry (II)

Lucy McClane

Noah Land

John Jr

Betty Carvalho

Paulina

Kip Waldo

Convenience Store Clerk

Mark Goldstein (III)

Station Manager

Tracy Reiner

Thornburg's Assistant

Rick Cicetti

Guard

Fred Lerner

Guard

Bill Margolin

Producer

Bob Jennings (II)

Cameraman

Bruce P. Schultz

Cameraman

David Katz (III)

Soundman

Robert Lesser

Businessman

Stella Hall

Stewardess

Terri Lynn Doss (II)

Girl at Airport

Jon E. Greene

Boy at Airport

P. Randall Bowers

Kissing Man

Michele Laybourn

Girl in Window

 

 

The supporting cast gives solid performances, even though there aren't talent-stretching roles to be filled. Bonnie Bedelia (as the wife in danger) and Reginald Veljohnson (as McClane's cop-on-the-outside-contact) are noteworthy. William Atherton is suitably slimy in a small role as a tabloid journalist.

 

Whether Bruce Willis is climbing up an elevator shaft, throwing himself off an exploding building, or racing barefoot across a flood littered with glass shards, his John McClane holds our attention while we hold our breaths. Die Hard isn't motion picture poetry, but it shows the kind of raucous entertainment that the industry is capable of delivering. For what it is, this is the top model -- flash, bang, and witty one-liners all included. Yippee kiyay!

 

 

 

 

DIE HARD 4 Jan 2005

 

USA TODAY, LOS ANGELES - As Bruce Willis dives into new projects, an upcoming movie role (Hostage) and a producing credit on a USA cable series (Touching Evil, premiering in March), the actor still plans to revisit an old one via Die Hard 4.

 

Bruce Willis says the possibility of doing a fourth Die Hard flick depends on the quality of the script:-

 

"We're working on it. Fox wants to do it. I want to do it. It depends on the script," says Willis, 48, whose tough, wise-cracking cop, John McClane, became a pop culture favorite.

 

Willis, sporting a full, salt-and-pepper beard for his role as a hostage negotiator in Hostage, wouldn't say that the project, which would be the first Die Hard movie since 1995, is a done deal.

 

"After the first Die Hard, I said I wasn't going to do any more Die Hards, and I did two more. So I don't make predictions anymore. If they get the script right and it seems like an interesting story ... "

 

However, that's a challenge for the franchise in the post-9/11 world, said the actor, who appeared at the semi-annual TV press tour in Los Angeles to promote Touching Evil, which he's executive-producing.

 

"It's hard today to do. The whole Die Hard trilogy so far has been based on some element of terrorism, and it's difficult in today's world to do stories that fictionally portray terrorism," Willis says.  As for his romance with Brooke Burns, 25, the actor says: "It's going great."

 

 

 

 

Just in pants

 

 

Justin Timberlake to star in Die Hard as Bruce Willis' son  -  April 5, 2005

 

Justin Timberlake is set to star in the latest 'Die Hard' film as Bruce Willis' son.

The pop heartthrob met Bruce, who plays John McClane in the action series, while making his forthcoming movie 'Alpha Dog'.

 

The 'Sixth Sense' actor was reportedly so impressed with Timberlake's performance he's been trying to convince him to play John McClane Jnr in the fourth instalment of 'Die Hard'.

 

The singer has recently branched into acting, starring in the movies 'Edison' and 'Alpha Dog', both due for release later this year, but 'Die Hard' would prove his blockbuster debut.

 

Movie boss Alec Gillies says they're all extremely excited at the prospect of making the movie.

 

He said: "The film has got a great cast with Sharon Stone, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake and a bunch of people that my daughter recognises but I don't."

Justin is also said to be playing Elton John in a biopic of the singer's life, although he rejected the first script saying that there weren't enough scenes of sex and drug abuse.

He claimed the movie was not a realistic portrayal of the 'Rocket Man' singer's life and wanted it rewritten.

 

He said: "I told the studio that it would have to be warts-and-all so that's what it's going to be. I can't wait."

 

 

 

Bruce Willis - 1990 - 2000 Film Earnings

 

 

# of Lead Roles

16

Average Opening Weekend

$14,729,338

Total Domestic Gross

$1,202,070,512

Average Domestic Gross

$75,129,407

Total Overseas Gross

$1,784,800,000

Average Overseas Gross

$111,550,000

Total Worldwide Gross

$2,986,870,512

Average Worldwide Gross

$186,679,407

 

By Total Domestic Gross

 

Rank

Title

Total Gross

Widest

1

The Sixth Sense

$293,476,912

2,821

2

Armageddon

$201,578,182

3,184

3

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

$117,323,878

2,507

4

Die Hard: With a Vengeance

$100,012,499

2,579

5

The Fifth Element

$63,549,845

2,500

6

The Last Boy Scout

$59,509,925

1,823

7

Death Becomes Her

$58,422,650

1,866

8

The Whole Nine Yards

$57,179,917

2,910

9

12 Monkeys

$57,141,459

1,629

10

The Jackal

$54,930,280

2,309

11

Mercury Rising

$32,957,920

2,399

12

The Story of Us

$27,100,030

2,175

13

Striking Distance

$23,784,784

1,917

14

Color of Night

$19,660,050

1,740

15

Last Man Standing

$18,115,927

2,579

16

Hudson Hawk

$17,218,916

2,072

 

By Domestic Opening Weekend

 

Rank

Title

Opening

Theaters

Average

Release

1

Armageddon

$36,089,972

3,127

$11,541

7/1/98

2

The Sixth Sense

$26,681,262

2,161

$12,347

8/6/99

3

Die Hard: With a Vengeance

$22,162,245

2,525

$8,777

5/19/95

4

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

$21,744,661

2,507

$8,674

7/3/90

5

The Fifth Element

$17,031,345

2,500

$6,813

5/9/97

6

The Jackal

$15,164,595

2,193

$6,915

11/14/97

7

12 Monkeys

$13,842,990

1,629

$8,498

12/27/95

8

The Whole Nine Yards

$13,731,070

2,910

$4,719

2/18/00

9

Death Becomes Her

$12,110,355

1,409

$8,595

7/31/92

10

Mercury Rising

$10,104,715

2,386

$4,235

4/3/98

11

The Story of Us

$9,673,080

2,164

$4,470

10/15/99

12

Striking Distance

$8,705,808

1,889

$4,609

9/17/93

13

The Last Boy Scout

$7,923,669

1,823

$4,346

12/13/91

14

Hudson Hawk

$7,082,820

2,071

$3,420

*5/24/91

15

Last Man Standing

$7,010,333

2,579

$2,718

9/20/96

16

Color of Night

$6,610,488

1,740

$3,799

8/19/94

 

By Total Overseas Gross in M

 

Rank

Title

Gross*

1

The Sixth Sense

$372.9

2

Armageddon

$347.6

3

Die Hard: With a Vengeance

$265.0

4

The Fifth Element

$200.1

5

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

$120.2

6

12 Monkeys

$106.6

7

Death Becomes Her

$90.6

8

The Jackal

$84.0

9

Hudson Hawk

$80.0

10

Mercury Rising

$63.0

11

Last Man Standing

$23.9

12

The Story of Us

$22.9

13

The Whole Nine Yards

$11.5

 

 


 

 

 

Bruce Willis Set to Star in "16 Blocks" - Release date March 2006

 

Mar 15, 2005 - Emmett/Furla Films and Millennium Films and Equity Pictures announced action star Bruce Willis will topline the action thriller "16 Blocks" for director Richard Donner ("Lethal Weapon," "Maverick").

 

"16 Blocks" is based on a screenplay written by Richard Wenk and follows Jack Mosley (Willis), a cop assigned the job of escorting a wise-cracking witness to the courthouse 16 city blocks away. The events of "16 Blocks" focus on what takes place during that walk.

 

Co-chairmen Randall Emmett and George Furla issued a statement on the signing of Bruce Willis. "We are excited to be working with the strong creative talents of Dick and Bruce. We believe that `16 Blocks' is a high-concept picture with commercial appeal and, with the elements assembled, solid potential."  Production on "16 Blocks" is set to begin in Toronto and New York in late summer.

 

 

 

A - Z FILMS INDEX

 

 

 

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BACK TO THE FUTURE

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BRIDGET JONES' DIARY

CAST AWAY

CATWOMAN

CHRISTINE

CON AIR

CROCODILE DUNDEE

DEAD CALM

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

DIE HARD

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

DISCLOSURE

DOLORES CLAIBORNE

DR. NO

ERIN BROCKOVICH

FIRE ON THE AMAZON

FREE WILLY

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

GLADIATOR

GOLDFINGER

HARRY POTTER

HORNBLOWER

JAMES BOND

JAWS

JURASSIC PARK

KING KONG

MAN ON FIRE

MASTER and COMMANDER

MEAN GIRLS

MEDICINE MAN

MEN OF HONOUR

MISERY

MISS CONGENIALITY

MUMMY RETURNS

 

 

 

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY

NAKED GUN

NATIONAL TREASURE

OVERBOARD

PARENT TRAP

PAYBACK

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN

PSYCHO

P2 DEAD MANS CHEST

RACE THE SUN

RAMBO

ROB ROY

ROXANNE

SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC

SEABISCUIT

SPEED

SPIDERMAN

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

STAR GATE

THE 39 STEPS

THE AVIATOR

THE COUNT OF MONTE CHRISTO

THE DAMBUSTERS

THE FLY

THE MATRIX

THE PATRIOT

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

THE TERMINATOR

THE THING

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

THE WORLDS FASTEST INDIAN

THUNDERBALL

TITANIC

TOP GUN

TREASURE ISLAND

TROY

TRUE GRIT

UNFORGIVEN

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

WAR OF THE WORLDS  

WATERLOO BRIDGE

ZULU

 

 

 

 

A - Z ACTORS INDEX

 

 

 

Angelina Jolie

Anthony Hopkins

Arnold Shwazenneger

Arnold Vosloo

Brad Pitt

Brendan Fraser

Bruce Willis

Catherine Zeta Jones

Charlize Theron

Chris Cooper

Clint Eastwood

Daniel Craig

Demi Moore

Denzel Washington

Eric Bana

Eva Green

George Clooney

Gerard Depardieu

Goldie Hawn

Gregory Peck

Halle Berry

Harvey Keitel

Humphrey Bogart

Ian Holm

Ingrid Bergman

Jack Black

Jack Nicholson

James Caan

James Cromwell

Jean Reno

 

 

 

Jeff Bridges

Jim Carrey

Joaquin Phoenix

John Hurt

John Travolta

John Wayne

Johnny Depp

Judi Dench

Julia Roberts

Julie Andrews

Kate Hudson

Kate Winslett

Kathy Bates

Keanu Reeves

Keira Knightley

Kevin Spacey

Kirsten Dunst

Kurt Russell

Leonardo di Caprio

Liam Neeson

Linda Kozlowski

Lindsay Lohan

Mads Mikkelsen

Marlon Brando

Matthew McConaughey

Mel Gibson

Michael Cain

Michael Douglas

Michael J Fox

Michael Keaton

Morgan Freeman

 

 

Naomi Watts

Nicholas Cage

Nicole Kidman

Orlando Bloom

Paul Bettany

Paul Hogan

Pierce Brosnan

Rachel Weisz

Rennee Zellweger

Richard Gere

Robert de Niro

Roger Moore

Russell Crowe

Sam Neil

Samuel L Jackson

Sandra Bullock

Sean Connery

Sharon Stone

Sigourney Weaver

Stanley Baker

Steve Martin

Steven Segal

Slyvester Stalone

Tim Roth

Tobey Maguire

Tom Cruise

Tom Hanks

Tommy Lee Jones

Uma Thurman

Willem Dafoe

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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