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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 56. Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)

August 18, 2011

56. Die Hard With A Vengeance [DVD] (1995)

Plot: A man calling himself “Simon” (Jeremy Irons) threatens to detonate a bomb somewhere in New York City unless Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) cooperates in a game of “Simon Says”. McClane is however suspended from the force, has a bad hangover, a bad attitude, and isn’t in the mood for games, especially this one.

By a fluke, shop owner Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson) also gets dragged into the game and a race against time to find the bomb begins.

John McClane is about to have a very bad day (tagline)

Also Starring: Graham GreeneColleen CampLarry BryggmanAnthony Peck
Directed by: John McTiernan
Written by: Jonathan Hensleigh
Length: 131 min
Budget: $90 million
Gross Revenue: $366,101,666

Favorite Quote:
Zeus
So what’s up with this L.A. thing? You famous or something? 
McClane
Yeah, for about five minutes. 
Zeus
Don’t tell me. Rodney King, right? 
McClane
Fuck you.

Review: No disrespect to Renny Harlin and whoever directed the latest one, but in my opinion John McTiernan is the true Die Hard Director.

And even though I liked both Die Hard 2 and Die Hard 4.0 very much, they aren’t as good as the first and third in the series. Why that is I don’t know.
Maybe it doesn’t have anything to do with the Director, but I like to think it does because otherwise my whole spiel about John McTiernan being the true Die Hard Director becomes just jibberish to lengthen a review that otherwise just would say: Bruce Willis is back in his wifebeater in yet another Die Hard movie, fighting evil Jeremy Irons with Samuel L Jackson as comic relief.


Nerdiest Movie Trivia: The only “Die Hard” movie based on an original screenplay. The first Die Hard is based on the novel by Roderick ThorpeDie Hard 2 is based on a novel by Walter Wager and Live Free or Die Hard is based on an article by John Carlin.

The script was originally titled “Simon Says” (where Zeus was scripted as a woman) and was considered as the third sequel to Lethal Weapon.

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