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A Good Day to Die Hard


A Good Day to Die Hard is a 2013 American action film directed by John Moore and written by Skip Woods. Featuring the John McClane character that was based on the protagonist of Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp, it is the fifth installment in the Die Hard film series. Bruce Willis reprises the lead role of John McClane, who travels to Russia to help his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), out of prison, but is soon caught in the crossfire of a terrorist plot.
Talks of a fourth sequel to Die Hard (1988) began before the release of Live Free or Die Hard (2007), with Willis affirming that the latter would not be the last in the series, but pre-production did not start until September 2011, when John Moore was officially announced as the director. Filming began in April 2012, primarily in Budapest, Hungary.
A Good Day to Die Hard premiered in Los Angeles on January 31, 2013, coinciding with the unveiling of a Die Hard mural at the Fox Lot,[2] and was released in certain East and Southeast Asian territories on February 7 and in the United States and Canada on the Wednesday night of February 13.[3] It is the first Die Hard film to use Dolby Atmos Surround Mixing and the first to also be released in IMAX theaters. The film was a critical disappointment, receiving negative reviews from most critics,[4][5] but it has nevertheless grossed over twice its budget in the box office so far.

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Live Free or Die Hard


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Live Free or Die Hard (released as Die Hard 4.0 outside of North America), is a 2007 American action film, and the fourth installment in the Die Hard series. The film was directed by Len Wiseman and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, the protagonist of the first three films. The storyline takes place 12 years after the third film, and finds McClane facing a gang of cyber terrorists. The film was based on the 1997 article “A Farewell to Arms” written for Wired magazine by John Carlin.[3] The film’s North American release date was June 27, 2007.[2]

After the project was stalled due to the September 11, 2001 attacks, production eventually began, and the film’s title was switched several times. A variety of visual effects were used for action sequences, even though Wiseman and Willis stated that they wanted to limit the amount of CGI in the film. In separate incidents during filming, both Willis and his stunt double were injured. Unlike the prior three films in the series, the US rating was PG-13 rather than R. An unrated version of Live Free or Die Hard containing profanity and violence not included in the theatrical version was made available for the DVD release.

The film received generally positive reviews, earning a 81% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 69/100 from Metacritic. The film had total international box office gross receipts of $383.5 million. For the DVD release, 20th Century Fox pioneered a new kind of DRM, Digital Copy, that tries to weaken the incentives for consumers to learn how to rip discs by offering them a downloadable version with studio-imposed restrictions. The score for the film was released on July 2, 2007.

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Die Hard with a Vengeance


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Die Hard With A Vengeance is a 1995 American action film that is the third entry in the Die Hard film series. It was produced and directed by John McTiernan, who directed the first film and stars Bruce Willis as NYPD detective John McClane. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson as Willis’ reluctant partner Zeus Carver and Jeremy Irons as the main villain Simon Gruber. The film was written by Jonathan Hensleigh and was followed by Live Free or Die Hard in 2007.

Plot

The film is set 7 years after the events of Die Hard. A bomb explodes in an early morning at Bonwit Teller department store. At the Police Station a man calls Major Case Unit Inspector Walter Cobb (Larry Bryggman) and tells him he is responsible for the bomb and calls himself “Simon”. He plays a game of Simon Says and orders suspended Police Lt John McClane to walk through the middle of Harlem and wear a sandwich board saying the words “I Hate Niggers”. McClane is driven there by Cobb, Detective Joe Lambert (Graham Greene), Connie Kowalski (Colleen Camp) and Rick Walsh (Anthony Peck). Harlem electrician Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) spots him and points out a gang of black youths will kill McClane and advises him to hide in his shop but the gang attacks McClane and Carver who barely escape. Back at the Police Station Simon calls again and orders McClane and the Samaritan (Carver) to go to a phone booth outside a station in 15 minutes where Simon says there is a bomb in the trash can next to the booth and taunts McClane and Carver with a As I was going to St Ives riddle and hangs up. They are 10 seconds late in answering the riddle and duck but learn the threat is false alarm. Simon tells McClane that there is a bomb in a subway car and to get to a phone booth in 30 minutes or the bomb will detonate. They realize that the station is 90 blocks away and they borrow a cab to get through the traffic. McClane manages to get aboard the moving train while Carver gets to the payphone. At the payphone Simon informs Carver that it’s non-compliance that they are not together and hangs up, while on the train car McClane finds the bomb and throws it out back of the car before it detonates and sends the train tearing across the station.

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Die Hard 2


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Die Hard 2: Die Harder,[1] is a 1990 action film, and the second installment of the Die Hard series. It was directed by Renny Harlin, and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane. The film co-stars Bonnie Bedelia (reprising her role as Holly McClane), William Sadler, William Atherton reprising his role as Richard (Dick) Thornberg, Franco Nero, Dennis Franz, Fred Thompson, John Amos, and Reginald VelJohnson who returns as Sgt. Al Powell who was in the first film.

Set once again on Christmas Eve, McClane is waiting for his wife to land at Washington Dulles International Airport when terrorists take over the air traffic control system. He must stop the terrorists before his wife’s plane and several other incoming flights that are circling the airport run out of fuel and crash. During the night, McClane must also contend with airport police, maintenance workers, and a military commander that doesn’t want his assistance.

The screenplay was written by Steven E. de Souza and Doug Richardson, adapted from the novel 58 Minutes by Walter Wager. The novel has the same premise but differs slightly: a cop must stop terrorists who take an airport hostage while his wife’s plane circles overhead. He has 58 minutes to do so before the plane crashes. Roderick Thorp (who wrote the novel Nothing Lasts Forever upon which the first Die Hard film was based) receives credit for creating “certain original characters” although his name is misspelled onscreen as “Roderick Thorpe.”

The film was followed by Die Hard with a Vengeance in 1995, and Live Free or Die Hard in 2007.

Plot

Two years after the events of Die Hard, John McClane (Bruce Willis), is waiting on Christmas Eve at Washington Dulles International Airport for his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) to arrive from Los Angeles, spots two men dressed in army fatigues and carrying a package. Following them into the baggage area, McClane ends up in a fight, killing one of them while the other escapes. Learning the dead man is a mercenary who was thought to be killed in action, McClane believes something is about to happen.

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Die Hard


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Die Hard is a 1988 American action film and the first in the Die Hard film series. The film was directed by John McTiernan and written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza. It is based on a 1979 novel by Roderick Thorp titled Nothing Lasts Forever, itself a sequel to the book The Detective, which was previously made into a 1968 film starring Frank Sinatra. The film was produced by Lawrence and Charles Gordon, along with Joel Silver.

It stars Bruce Willis as NYPD officer John McClane and Alan Rickman as terrorist thief Hans Gruber. The film was followed by three sequels; Die Hard 2 in 1990, Die Hard With A Vengeance in 1995, and Live Free or Die Hard in 2007.

Plot

On Christmas Eve, Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) of the New York City Police Department arrives in Los Angeles to reconcile with his estranged wife, Holly Gennaro (Bonnie Bedelia). McClane is driven to the Nakatomi Plaza building by a limo driver named Argyle (De’voreaux White). The company Christmas party is disrupted by the arrival of thirteen terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). The terrorists cut the telephone lines, seal the building exits, and replace the building guard with one of their own. Hans and his group secure the party goers as hostages, but McClane manages to slip into the stairwell of the building. Gruber portrays himself to the police as a terrorist working towards various extremist goals, but it is revealed that they are actually trying to steal $640 million in bearer bonds from the Nakatomi vault. When Nakatomi executive Joseph Takagi (James Shigeta) refuses to reveal the code for one of the vault’s seven locks, Gruber executes him. Gruber orders Theo (Clarence Gilyard Jr.), his technical expert, to break through the locks on the vault. Theo reminds Hans that the final lock is powered by circuits that cannot be cut locally. Gruber promises to handle the last lock.

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