Video Release: January 29, 2013
Studio: 20th Century Fox
A New York City policeman, John McClane, visiting his estranged wife and two daughters on Christmas Eve, joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon the cop realizes that there's no one to save the hostages -- but him.
On Christmas Eve, a New York cop comes to L.A. to see his estranged wife at her company's Christmas party, held on the top floor of a sparkling skyscraper. When terrorists capture the building, the incredulous cop is the hostages' only hope for survival. A superior action flick based on Roderick Thorpe's novel "Nothing Lasts Forever." Academy Award Nominations: Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Visual Effects.
Color by DeLuxe; shot in Panavision.
Estimated budget $28 million. Bruce Willis was reportedly paid $5 million to appear in the film.
Began shooting November 2, 1987; shot on location in Los Angeles, California.
Released theatrically in the USA July 20, 1988.
Shown at the London Film Festival November 27, 1988.
Film debut for British stage actor Alan Rickman.
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.