Personal Film Favorites: Die Hard (youtube.com)
The official trailer for Die Hard.

Die Hard was based off of the novel "Nothing Lasts Forever" and was released July 20'th 1988. The film received explosive (pun intended) praise by both critics and audiences. Upon its release it raised the bar for Action films that has yet to be passed, even 27 years later. Die Hard has spawned four sequels with a rumor of a prequel in the works. It also spawned many video games.

There's a lot to be found in Die Hard, from adrenaline rushing scenes to slap stick one liners. For almost 30 years the film has been a mandatory Summer and Christmas film. The film also offered us a truly gifted and great man, the late Alan Rickman who is known for his role as Snape in the Harry Potter films. Die Hard was Rickman's first film.

Die Hard is the 1980's in a nutshell, blood, booms and boobs. The film also advertised some weapons off that have such become icons in both film and games and have also become famous with real life shooters. The Beretta 92FS and the MP5, both fire the world wide famous 9x19 Parabellum round or just simply 9mm. There is a long running joke in the firearms community with people who own the Beretta 92FS, "Careful, they may or may not fantasize about being trapped in a building barefoot that's been over run by terrorists."

The film also caused tank tops to be sold and gave Fox a new respect since they used their own building (which was under construction at the time) to be blown to piss. It's July so gather around, get that popcorn, take off those shoes, make fists with your toes and if you happen to own a 92FS give it a good cleaning. Yippie-ki-yay, motherfucker.


Personal Rating: 6 out of 5
Director: John McTiernan
John McClane: Bruce Willis
Hans Gruber: Alan Rickman
Song: Trailer Exclusive
  • SimMan The King of all good old action films. I am pretty sure it inspires FP shooters like Duke Nukem too.
    • Fear57 Almost anything that was going on in the 80's and 90's inspired DN3D. The cover of Duke Nukem 3D is a parody of Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness. Duke's line "It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all out of gum." is a line from John Carpenter's: They Live. In the Red Light District level of episode one the car chase on T.V. is footage from O.J. Simpson fleeing from police which he did at the time. Pigcops were directly designed because of the Rodney King beating and given the name L.A.R.D. instead of LAPD. The slimers from the eggs are inspired by the face huggers from Alien.

      There's several secret areas referencing movie characters as well. On the secret level "Freeway" the Terminator can be found crushed in the hydraulic press. Another secret level Indiana Jones is pinned up onto the wall where Duke says "We meet again Doctor Jones." On the level "Death Row" in the chapel if you find the secret there is a torn in half Space Marine from Doom to which Duke says "Hm, that's one DOOMED Space Marine." There are many many more references from level design to enemy design. Developers also didn't like cheating either. In the Abyss level if you no clip up to a certain part the wall reads "You shouldn't be up here."