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Die Hard

A New York cop visits his wife in LA for Christmas, but gets caught in a terrorist takeover of her office building.


Why watch this film?

"Die Hard" is a quintessential classic of 1980s cinema and action films, responsible for shaping the taste of many genre fans and putting Bruce Willis on the list of action heroes. The premise is one of the most interesting, which would be recycled in many films afterwards: a New York policeman named John McClane (Willis) goes to visit his wife's company in Los Angeles during the company's Christmas party, which is headquartered at Nakatomi Plaza - in the real world, the headquarters of 20th Century Fox, still under construction at the time. There he finds himself confronted with a group of terrorists (led by Alan Rickman in a great performance), who close the building. Now it is up to the army of one man alone (and barefoot) to face the bandits - which turns into an epic adventure. With great scenes and iconic phrases ("Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!" entered the lexicon of the seventh art), "Die Hard" is, since 1988, the perfect companion for a nice popcorn for a movie night at home - and, for many, one of the best Christmas movies ever made, although that was never exactly the original goal.



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Plot summary

NYPD cop John McClane goes on a Christmas vacation to visit his wife Holly in Los Angeles where she works for the Nakatomi Corporation. While they are at the Nakatomi headquarters for a Christmas party, a group of robbers led by Hans Gruber take control of the building and hold everyone hostage, with the exception of John, while they plan to perform a lucrative heist. Unable to escape and with no immediate police response, John is forced to take matters into his own hands.

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