Dennis Hopper as "Photojournalist" in Apocalypse Now (1979):
The man is clear in his mind, but his soul is mad.
Die Hard (1988)
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Die Hard - Theatrical release poster
Theatrical release poster
Tagline: Twelve terrorists. One Cop. The odds are against John McClane ... that's just the way he likes it.
Genres: Action | Thriller
Released: 15 July 1988 (USA)
Length: 131 min
Rating: 8 out of 10 8 /10
  • It's probably the best non sci-fi action movie of the eighties.
  • This movie defined Bruce Willis as one of the great action heroes, and "John McClane" as one of the great action hero characters normally in the wrong place at the wrong time!
  • "Hans Gruber" (Alan Rickman) is one of the most memorable villains from the 'Golden Era'.
  • So much legendary dialogue from Bruce Willis, both when he is killing villains, and asking himself how he got into this mess.
  • Just when you thought it was all over, "Karl" comes back from the dead but "Sgt. Al Powell" saves the day having not fired his gun in years.

High above the city of LA a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. But one man has managed to escape detection.. An off-duty cop. He's alone..tired..and the only chance anyone has.

Bruce Willis 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 McClane waits for his wife's office party to break-up, terrorists seize control of the building. While the terrorist leader, Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his savage henchman (Alexander Godunov) round up hostages, McClane slips away unnoticed. Armed with only a service revolver and his wits. McClane launches his own one-man war. A crackling thriller from beginning to end, Die Hard explodes with heartstopping suspense.

John McClane
Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker.
[laughing as a LAPD SWAT armored vehicle is hit with a missile] Oh my God, the quarterback is TOAST!
John McClane
[McClane watches fire trucks approach the building]C'mon baby, come ta' papa, I'll kiss ya' fuckin' dalmatian.
John McClane

[stealing Tony's shoes]

Nine million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister.
Hans Gruber

[Reading what McClane wrote on the dead terrorist's shirt]

"Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho."
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