Bruce Willis as John McClane has become one of the more successful film franchises ever. Everyone of the Die Hard films has been a box office success. Everyone has come to love the rebellious, joke cracking New York city cop who always seems to find himself in the middle of trouble…on a large scale.
Director: John McTiernan
Detective John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) of the New York City police department is in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his estranged wife, Holly (played by Bonnie Bedelia). As he arrives he finds that Holly is in the middle of her office Christmas party, so he waits for it to finish.
During the party and McClane’s waiting a group of terrorists, led by Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman), takes control of the building. McClane, able to avoid being rounded up by the terrorists, tries to figure out a way to get his wife and all the other workers out safe.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder:
Director: Renny Harlin
It is Christmas Eve and of course Detective John McClane finds himself in trouble. While he’s in Washington a group of terrorists, led by a renegade American military officer Colonel Stuart (played by William Sadler), attempt to rescue a drug lord and have taken over the airport. In the process they have taken thousands of people hostage. To make even more complicated McClane’s wife is in a plane circling the airport and running dangerously low on fuel.
During a terrible blizzard, McClane attempts to stop the terrorists and free the hostages. Thus allowing his wife’s plane to land. It’s just your typical Chrismas for John McClane.
Die Hard With a Vengeance:
Director: John McTiernan
John McClane cannot seem to stay out of trouble. He is the target of Simon (played by Jeremy Irons), a terrorist who threatens to blow up the whole city of New York if he doesn’t get what he wants.
In his efforts to save the city McClane forces an unwilling civilian, Zeus Carver (played by Samuel L. Jackson). The game set up by Simon becomes a battle of wits between himself and McClane. I know who I have my money on.
Live Free or Die Hard
Director: Len Wiseman
Once again NYPD Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis – The Sixth Sense, Die Hard) is the right man in wrong place at the wrong time. After another argument with estranged college daughter, Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Grindhouse, The Ring Two), McClane is given a seemingly easy assignment in that he has to pick up computer hacker Matt Farrell (Justin Long – Accepted, The Break-Up) and bring him to the FBI in Washington. Thinking this is a Joe job, McClane is not thrilled, but when he gets there it turns into more than he bargained for. Assassins try to kill him and Matt. They get away only to run into what Matt calls a ‘Fire Sale’. A disgruntled ex-government computer expert, Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant – Catch and Release, Gone in Sixty Seconds) along with his right hand woman, Mai (Maggie Q – Mission: Impossible III, Rush Hour 2), have constructed a computer hack called a ‘Fire Sale’ in which they are attacking three important levels of society: transportation, energy and finance. All of the United States will soon be under their control. Once again McClane is pressed into action to save the day and this time the stakes are raised as his daughter Lucy is taken hostage by Gabriel
- Modern-Day Hero — Casting, evolution and legacy of John McClane
- Along For The Ride — Engaging sidekicks who have teamed up with McClane
- Bad To The Bone — McClane’s well-armed and formidable foes
- Punishing Blows — Creating the intense action sequences, fistfights and stunts
- Explosive Effects — Role of groundbreaking visual and special effects including some of the biggest explosions on screen
- Reinventing The Action Genre — Development of the franchise from concept to character to story
- The Right Hero For The Right Time — Appeal and influence of Die Hard films on pop cultu