Die Hard


2h 7m 1988
Die Hard

Brief Synopsis

Detective John McClane inadvertently becomes embroiled in a hostage situation when his wife's office is taken over by German terrorists, lead by the devilish Hans Gruber.

Film Details

Also Known As
Hard, Piege de cristal
MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Adventure
Thriller
Adaptation
Release Date
1988
Production Company
Todd Overton
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox Distribution
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; New York City, New York, USA; South Carolina, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Belgrade, Serbia; Budapest, Hungary; Kinross, Michigan, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 7m

Synopsis

New York detective John McClane inadvertently becomes embroiled in a hostage situation when his estranged wife's office is taken over by German terrorists in Los Angeles. Based on the novel "Nothing Lasts Forever" by Roderick Thorp.

Crew

Paul Abascal

Hair

William R Aldridge

Special Effects Foreman

Pamela Alessandrelli

Assistant

Jarek Alfer

Visual Effects

Alex Algarin

Projectionist

Brook Altman

Production Assistant

Maura Alvarez

Production Assistant

Vanessa Theme Ament

Foley

George H Anderson

Dialogue Editor

Brian Armstrong

Camera Assistant

Ed Ayer

Gaffer

Bruce Babcock

Original Music

Kevin Barlia

Assistant

Ron Bartlett

Foley Editor

Jay Bartus

Special Effects Assistant

Bobby Bass

Other

Don Bassman

Sound

Ken Bates

Stunts

Susan Joy Beallor

Assistant

Felix Bernard

Song

Dick Beving

Assistant

Hal Bigger

Special Effects Assistant

Michael Blaze

Property Master Assistant

Chris Boardman

Original Music

Brent Boates

Art Director

Barbara Siebert Bolticoff

Costumes

Walt Borchers

Music

Destiny Borden

Sound Editor

Richard Boris

On-Set Dresser

Janet Brady

Stunts

Derek G Brechin

Assistant Editor

Nick Brett

Stunts

Patty Brewer

Assistant

Christopher S Brooks

Music Editor

Jophery Brown

Stunts

Nacio Herb Brown

Song

Terry Brown

Music

Mike Bruner

On-Set Dresser

Kurt Bryant

Stunts

Brink Brydon

Electrician

Jackie Burch

Casting

Sherrie Bayer Burke

Adr Editor

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutting

Sammy Cahn

Song

Steve Callas

Foreman

James D Camomile

Special Effects Assistant

Kevin E Carpenter

Adr Mixer

Bryan Carroll

Assistant Editor

Dan Carroll

Liaison

Ferne Cassel

Casting Associate

Paul Chaleff

Other

Rick Chavez

Craft Service

Brad Chelesvig

Other

E.c. Chen

Set Designer

Brian Christensen

Stunts

Richard Chronister

Visual Effects

Kevin Clark

Other

Kevin F Cleary

Sound

Gil Combs

Stunts

Jack Crain

Other

Philip Crescenzo

Other

Keith Cubba

Consultant

Kerrie Cullen

Stunts

Blaise Dahlquist

Best Boy

Glenn R Davis

Dolly Grip

Wes Dawn

Makeup

Jan De Bont

Director Of Photography

Steven E. De Souza

Screenplay

William E Decker

Key Grip

Jackson Degovia

Production Designer

Barry Delaney

Costume Supervisor

Mike Demeyer

Other

Al Desarro

Special Effects Coordinator

Larry Deunger

Special Effects Assistant

Dennis Dion

Special Effects Assistant

Run Dmc

Song Performer

John Donnelly

Dolly Grip

Phyllis Drury

Other

Ken Dudderar

Other

William J Durrell

Assistant Art Director

Scott Eddo

Makeup Supervisor

Craig Edgar

Assistant Art Director

Richard Edlund

Visual Effects

John Ellingwood

Camera Assistant

Kenny Endoso

Stunts

Andrew Epper

Stunts

Robert Eyslee

Lighting Technician

Alan Faucher

Visual Effects

Gus Feederle

On-Set Dresser

Mike Ferris

Camera Operator

Stephen Hunter Flick

Sound Effects

Don Fly

Other

Paula Foster

Dga Trainee

Georgian Francisco

Assistant

Marilynn B Frank

Other

Art Fransen

Technical Advisor

Michael Franz

Best Boy

Arthur Freed

Song

Meg Freeman

Production Assistant

Elizabeth Galloway

Production Coordinator

Chuck Garsha

Music

Kent Gebo

Visual Effects

Jim Gembala

Assistant

Gregory M Gerlich

Assistant Editor

Bruce Gfeller

Construction Coordinator

Philip Giffin

Original Music

Dick Girod

Foreman

L Gary Goldman

Technical Advisor

Efrain Gonzalez

On-Set Dresser

Charles Gordon

Executive Producer

Larry Gordon

Producer

Patrick Gordon

Special Effects

Dale Grahn

Color Timer

David W Gray

Consultant

Aaron G Green

Visual Effects

Ron Gress

Visual Effects

Jeff Gullo

Assistant Editor

Rhonda Gunner

Video

Bob Hagans

Color Timer

Randy Hall

Stunts

Robin Harlan

Foley

Alison Harstedt

Accounting Assistant

Craig 'pup' Heath

Sound

M Todd Henry

Camera Operator

Myra L Hill

Transportation Coordinator

Roland E Hill

Set Designer

Jimmy Jay Hinkle

Art Department

Jay M Hirsch

Special Effects Assistant

Steven C Hodge

Electrician

Brian Joe Holechek

Grip

Richard Hollander

Video

Norman Howell

Stunts

Daniel Hutten

Other

Bob Isenberg

Photography

John R Jensen

Art Director

John L Jensen

Visual Effects

Paul Jenson

Special Effects

Deborah Johnson

Assistant

Keil Johnson

Stunts

Robert Johnston

Visual Effects

Larry Jolly

Consultant

Dennis Jones

Boom Operator

Kirk B Jones

On-Set Dresser

Carl Joy

Casting

Donald Kaeding

On-Set Dresser

Michael Alan Kahn

Assistant Director

James Kail

Makeup

Michael Kamen

Music

Michael Kamen

Music Conductor

Kelly Kerby

Effects Assistant

Tony Kerum

Caterer

Henry Kingi

Stunts

Lisa Krepela

Production Assistant

Ron Kunecke

Other

K Lenna Kunkel

Production Accountant

Carol Land

Assistant

Clare Leavenworth

Assistant

Julius Leflore

Stunts

Phil M Leonard

Set Decorator

Fred M. Lerner

Stunts

John F. Link Ii

Editor

Bruce Macrae

Visual Effects

Edward Malone

Assistant Editor

Michael Marasco

Stunts

Beau E.l. Marks

Associate Producer

Beau E.l. Marks

Unit Production Manager

Cindy Marty

Dialogue Editor

Joel B Marx

Location Manager

Dean Mason

Transportation Captain

Patrick Mcclung

Visual Effects

Darryl Mcdaniels

Song

Don Mcgovern

Stunts

Peter Mckernan

Pilot

Stephen Mclaughlin

Music Producer

Gregory L Mcmurry

Video

George Meehan

Assistant

John C. Meier

Stunts

Charles Mercuri

Costumes

Kari Ann Messina

Production Assistant

Dennis Michelson

Editor

Lisa Miller

Production Assistant

Terry Miller

Assistant Director

Virgil Mirano

Visual Effects

Rick Mitchell

Foley Editor

Oscar Mitt

Sound Editor

Jason Mizel

Song

Maria Morris

Assistant

Thaine Morris

Special Effects Foreman

William Neil

Director Of Photography

Matthew Nelson

Grip

Steve Nelson

On-Set Dresser

Jim Nordberg

Transportation Captain

Josee Normand

Hair

Alan Oliney

Stunts

Al Overton

Sound Mixer

Richard Overton

Sound

Todd Overton

Cable Operator

Chrissa Owens

Effects Assistant

Clinton Palmer

Camera Operator

Michael Papac

Other

Film Details

Also Known As
Hard, Piege de cristal
MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Adventure
Thriller
Adaptation
Release Date
1988
Production Company
Todd Overton
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox Distribution
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; New York City, New York, USA; South Carolina, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Belgrade, Serbia; Budapest, Hungary; Kinross, Michigan, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 7m

Award Nominations

Best Editing

1988

Best Sound

1988

Best Sound Effects Sound Editing

1988

Best Visual Effects

1988

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States July 15, 1988

Wide Release in United States July 20, 1988

Released in United States on Video January 26, 1989

Re-released in United States on Video May 14, 1996

Released in United States September 1988

Released in United States November 27, 1988

Shown at Deauville Film Festival September 1988.

Shown at London Film Festival November 27, 1988.

based on the novel "Nothing Lasts Forever" written by Roderick Thorp and published by Norton in 1979.

Formerly distributed by CBS/Fox Video.

Released in United States Summer July 13, 1988

Wide Release in United States July 20, 1988

Released in United States on Video January 26, 1989

Re-released in United States on Video May 14, 1996

Released in United States September 1988 (Shown at Deauville Film Festival September 1988.)

Released in United States November 27, 1988 (Shown at London Film Festival November 27, 1988.)

Released in United States July 15, 1988 (New York City)

Began shooting November 2, 1987.

Released in United States Summer July 13, 1988