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Published at: Aug. 4, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Today we feature one of the most perfect action movies of all time. John McTiernan’s Die Hard is a marvel. I know that sounds like I’m quote-whoring, but I’m honestly baffled a movie this fun, this ridiculous and this over-the-top is so goddamn good. The character work is effortless, from the smallest role (the two Agent Johnsons “No relation”) to the Twinkie eating flatfoot (Reginald velJohnson 4 evah!) to the amazing villains. Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber is one of the best sleazy, intelligent, yet menacing baddies in all of film history. If there’s one thing the sequels are futilely chasing it’s a better villain than Hans Gruber. I have soft spot for the first two sequels, but you just can’t top that perfect mix of action, humor, genuine threat and vulgarity of the original Die Hard. Much of that is thanks to Bruce Willis not having developed his action hero persona yet. John McClane really plays like a tough-ass version of his Moonlighting character, David Addison… a normal guy pushed to extremes and physically punished for it by the end. Anyway, enough of my jibber-jabber. You all love Die Hard and you know why it’s so awesome. So, here’s a cool reader submitted shot of Bruce getting ready for a take (click for a bigger version):

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s pic features my man Stan treating the star of one of my favorite movies like a queen! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws


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  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Yippee ki-yay, motherfucker!

    by elsewhere

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Primero?

    by ndoty_sa

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    mike and mike were recently debating...

    by Kammich

    ...on their ESPN2 morning show, whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. what the fuck? OF COURSE it is.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Damn, segundo...

    by ndoty_sa

    Would've been my first (yes, I'm a douche).

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Aliens

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    A photo of the gun being taped to his back

    by davidwebb

    That would have been awesome, should such a photo exist.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Ah yes. Helsinki, Sweden.

    by D.Vader

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Cool bastard

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    Hate how everytime a new Die Hard movie comes round Willis always says it's better than the 1st.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    davidwebb

    by HapaPapa72

    I was thinking of maybe Alan Rickman on a harness or something, waiting to "fall" to his death, but gun on the back would be pretty sweet.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Die Hard...

    by Pawprint

    Why the fuck have I never got around to owning this film on VHS, DVD or any other format?!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Probably touching up the names he

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    marked on his arm?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Exactly. Wherease John McClane eventually became

    by V'Shael

    just another muscle bound physics defying invulnerable to virtually everything super hero. That's why Die Hard sequels sucked ass.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Is that Michael Myers working with Willis?

    by D.Vader

    If you squint it looks like the Haddonfield Slasher.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    His fav. movie is Ghost; the star is Patrick Swayze.

    by Squashua

    The pic is from "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar".

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    "Yippee-ki-yay, Mr. Falcon!"

    by Triple_J_72

    The "edited for television" version. :-)

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Die Hard is ALWAYS a Christmas movie

    by D.Vader

    I have a friend who throws great Christmas parties and Die Hard is always on in the background. <p> Add Gremlins to the mix and you've got a great night ahead.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Bruce Willis's scowl alone is capable of murder

    by MattmanReturns

    He doesn't even have to move.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Roger Ebert didn't like Die Hard.

    by Ironhelix

    He didn't like Raising Arizona either, and for those two reasons alone, I can never believe anything the guy says. Oh, he's a dirty fucking communist too.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Triple_J_72, I remember "Yippee ki yay, Mr. Flippo!"

    by MattmanReturns

    for Die Hard 2. Cuz he uses a flippo lighter. So it sort of made sense. In a gay kind of way.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Ironhelix, and Ebert gave Salt 4 stars

    by MattmanReturns

    His most recent atrocity.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    What made Die Hard so great....

    by Carolinamaestro

    was the fact that it was an original concept when it came out. It was (and is) essentially the Fatal Attraction of the action genre - often imitated, never duplicated.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Ebert also loved Star Wars: ep.1

    by Carolinamaestro

    Puts a big dent in his credibility.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Come to AintItCool... have a few laughs..

    by muggsly

    I'm sorry.. I got nuthin'

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Undefeatable

    by spud_mcspud_returns

    This movie is the benchmark by which all other action movies will ALWAYS be measured in my casa, forever. Perfection on celluloid.<P> Karl, hunt that little shit down. I'll check the explosives. You just - get. the. detonators.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    The limo driver is the kid from Blues Bros.

    by hyperboycomics

    He's trying to steal a guitar from Ray's Music Emporium.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Die Hard is overrated

    by Spazatronik_2000

    Scott Pilgrim is gonna own it.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Yep, Hans rocked

    by NippleEffect

    but that's Alan Rickman for ya<p> I think he could play a drop of water and make it seem as deep as an ocean

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    How many movies were compared to this?

    by Snappy Cumback

    For the next 10 years, everything was "Die Hard on a.." bus, plane, train, ice cream truck and Big Wheel.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Eat it Harvey!

    by alan_poon

    My favourite action film of all time. I haven't and never will watch Die Hard 4.0.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    DuPont's review:

    by Hercules

    http://bit.ly/98nywt

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    You can tell...

    by Lemure_v2

    which point of the film this is because even in black and white his vest gets dirtier and dirtier.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Not (strictly) a Christmas movie.

    by jimmy rabbitte

    It is set at Christmas; but all three (actually it's four now, I guess) were released, in the summer. The first one, in particular, will always be a summer movie to me. Gremlins was, also, a summer movie.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Alan Rickman's Answering Machine

    by Toe Jam

    On "Family Guy" is such a great clip. Say what you will about "Family Guy," but it really does excel at random pop culture jokes: http://tinyurl.com/yln9oj2.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    The badguys didnt want the money

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    if they wanted it, ki mean really wanted it, they would have had the hostages secured, watched over by 1 or 2 , then every other guy there sent to hunt this mofo down once he was discovered.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Killik, c'mon buddy wasn't Speed even sold as

    by skimn

    Die Hard on a bus??

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN RELEASED IN DECEMBER

    by Spazatronik_2000

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    They should reboot this franchise........

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ......and maybe give it to one of the wayans brothers to play as the new John McClaine, no reason he can't be black after all.....<P>It should be more broad in scope like on the level of GI-JOE.<P> That's what I'd be saying if I was fucking insane.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    The Film-God of Product Placement

    by Fawst

    I could write a thesis on this movie when it comes to product placement. The Agents... Johnson & Johnson? Twinkies? That Asian dude from every movie ever, eyeballing the candy? Coke? Whew... Yeah, I've barely scratched the surface. Watch it again and pay attention. You'll see.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    A Xmas themed movie released in July

    by skimn

    that takes place in LA, where the weather is summertime yearlong...it adds to the fish out of water aspect.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Not Just The Greatest Action Movie Of All Time...

    by MANNZILLA

    But One Of The Greatest Films Of All Time! Cause As Ellis said, Its not what I want, It's What I can Give ya...

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Die Hard is a great action movie, but not the greatest.

    by Orbots Commander

    Raiders of The Lost Ark still holds that title, but Die Hard is definitely in the Top Five.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Love how Bruce is in character while getting makup!

    by BBSloth

    "I was in high school dickhead!"- Agent Johnson

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Come out to the coast, we'll get together

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    have a few laughs. What a vehicle for Bruce Willis. I still think he's the Bogart of our day, just wish he would do better stuff

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    I've never gotten the huge appeal of Die Hard.

    by Royston Lodge

    No flames in my direction please. We can't all have the same tastes.<p> I'm not certain why Die Hard never stimulated my imagination.<p> I THINK it's partially because it's "one good guy vs. lotsa bad guys."<p> If I look back at the action movies I like, they're usually buddy movies or ensemble casts. Even when there's one primary star, like in James Bond or a Schwartzeneggar flick, there's usually a pretty decent bunch of supporting good guys to help the main guy along.<p> But in Die Hard it's totally the John McClane Show.<p> Not that there's anything wrong with that. It might not even really be the reason that Die Hard never really grabbed me by the balls. It's simply the best theory I can come up with.<p> (I was never a Dirty Harry fan either, and those movies have a similar one-man-against-the-world dynamic.)

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Sorry McClane died in the airshaft...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Everything after is just masturbation.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    KilliK

    by one9deuce

    Good point about Action vs Adventure. I always thought of an Adventure film as an Action film with supernatural elements in it. <p> RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is the greatest adventure film of all time. Although STAR WARS is a very close second. <p> DIE HARD is the greatest action film of all time. Not sure what I would rank second.....

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Bruce has been chasing this movie his whole career

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    And has never come close -although Died 2 is good

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    HE KINDA LOOKS LIKE AL JOLSON IN THAT PIC

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    "I was in junior high, dick head"

    by HIGH DEF JEFF

    Wrong school, BBSloth

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Yes, Christmas movie

    by bah

    One of the best things about the third one is the subtle references to Christmas, even though it's (as the opening song goes) summer in the city.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    name 1 scene in Die Hard

    by Spazatronik_2000

    that's as awesome as the Blackout assault on the military base in Transformers. That's right, you can't. Or the highway chase scene. Nothing in Die Hard comes close. Transformers is the best action movie ever made.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    great movie

    by Sailor Rip

    often intimidated, never equalled.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Killik, that's an interesting distinction.

    by Orbots Commander

    What would you call, then, Total Recall (besides Sci Fi) or Predator? Or thinking outside the box, The Guns of Navarone? Action films or adventure films? <p> Die Hard may also fall into more of the 'Thriller' sub-genre.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    What are the subtle references to Christmas in pt 3?

    by D.Vader

    I don't recall any.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Royston

    by Sailor Rip

    one mam against many. That's the whole appeal of the film. <p> Fawst: Coke or coke? There were both.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    When it starts with Run DMC's "X-mas in Hollis"...

    by Tacom

    I knew it was going to be a great movie.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Predator is the best action movie ever

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    In time you will all realize this just like your friends on the forest moon of Endor did.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Bruce Willis is Not a real Action Star...

    by MST3KPIMP

    Or more specifically should'nt be mentioned in the company of great action stars like Stallone or Arnold or even Segal for that matter. He was a smart-alec comic-actor who just fell into Die-Hard by chance after he tired of Moonlighting and crap like Blind-Date. The surprising success of Die-Hard made him take a route that he otherwise wouldnt have. Aside from DH I've often thought of his attempts as a action guy to be a little forced and disengenuous. He's more of a "weekend action star" and Willis's track record is so full of pot holes it's insane. A bad Willis film is a special brand of suckage..Remember the string of half-baked shit fests he made in the 90's? "Mortal Thoughts, Last Man Standing, Striking DIstance." I'm sure your now saying Yeah but he was in "12 Monkeys". Just understand that for every 12 Monkeys we have to endure 5 "Billy Bathgates". I think we had had enough of his self-indulgent ego trips and seeing him at another Planet Hollywood opening, and then Sixth Sense "ressurected" his career because he could stare at the camera and say few words? In recent years he's lucked out by being in cult shit like Hard Boiled but he just shouldnt be regarded in the same vein as the real action stars. His track record simply does'nt warrant it.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    TakingScorpiosCalls

    by Sailor Rip

    I'm afaird Die Hard will be quite memorable once your friends arr-alright, Die Hard - Predator? <p> That's a rough one man. Even though I watch Predator more they're both equal. I can't say a bad thing about either one of them.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Amd where is the story about...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...Laurence Fishburne's daughter turning to porn?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    MST3blahblahblah....

    by TheMcflyFarm

    Look at Bruce's track record compared to the other 3 you mentioned! I love Sly and Arnold, but every one of them has their share of crap. In fact maybe moreso than Willis who has a shit load more credits and is still considered an A list actor. Also, you say Bruce isn't an action star because what, his first movie wasn't an action movie. Bruce is just some "smart-alec comic actor" the same way Sly is just some bit player in a porn film who stumbled into action roles, and Arnold is just some Austrian body builder. I'm not even gonna mention Segal.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    I don't know

    by Spazatronik_2000

    Predator 2 is definitely a contender as well.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    MST3KPIMP

    by Orbots Commander

    The thing is, you're only considering action stars from the roster of guys who appeared in a series of films in the 1980's-early '90's. <p> The 'action star' definition doesn't mean anything anymore anyway. We're actually back to where movies were pre-1980 (excepting modern FX, of course). There aren't really 'action stars' per se anymore, just charismatic actors who can do action, a la Steve Macqueen, Eastwood, John Wayne, Gary Cooper, but who can also be considered general dramatic 'actors'. <p> Today's versions are guys like Damon, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Reeves and even Johnny Depp. The only real 'action star' today per that 1980's definition is Kiefer Sutherland due to his TV show. Who woulda' thunk that, eh?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    rag doll telescopes

    by Star Hump

    Bruce spitefully used all his salt rather than sharing it with Amanda—then the judges panned Bruce's dish for being too salty. How's that for karma? As Hans noted, "It's just like a Guy de Maupassant story!"

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I LOVE ME SOME DIE HARD, BUT BEST ACTION MOVIE EVER?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Let's not forget Jackie Chan's string of great actioners, many of which I believe predate DH. And all credit to the guy who did his own stunts like hanging from a helicopter over Kuala Lumpur and riding a bike onto a moving train. Again, love DH. But any mention of best action movie definitely has to point to 80s Jackie.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Lethal Weapon

    by slone13

    Another great Christmas movie. Just sayin'.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    AMANDA IS GREAT EYE CANDY THIS SEASON

    by BringingSexyBack

    And no doubt Alex stole Ed's pea puree.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    MST3KPIMP

    by Sailor Rip

    Watch The Last Boyscout. Willis at his most badassery. The guy can do tough and cool without giving a shit if he lives or dies.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    slone13

    by Sailor Rip

    LW is a Christmas movie. Shit! The late 80's early 90's were fulled by coke filled directors/producers and gave us some bad ass action. <p> Where is Shane Black? I know he wroet KKBB and I'm too lazy to see what he's done since.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Best Action Movie Ever..

    by Autodidact

    My vote would probably be Hard Boiled, if we're just rating the action bits. If it's the movie as a whole, yeah Die Hard or Predator.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I'm also too lazy to spell check.

    by Sailor Rip

    You hear me AICN! I don't want an edit button like most people seem to because that would allow for people to change their post's but, c'mon, throw me a spell check man.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Saw DH five times at the theater in '88...

    by Blanket-Man

    The only other 80s flick I paid to see more than twice was Wrath of Khan. I still say they're the two best movies of that decade (but the INDY flicks are up there...).

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I'd put Lethal Weapon ahead of Die Hard on my list...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...of favourite action movies.<p> But that's just me. Your mileage may vary.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    "No more table....."

    by Guy_Meatdrapes

    Can't believe we've gone this long without saying it!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    I was at Kevin Smiths 40th Birthday Show in Redbank Nj

    by BEYONDTHUNDERDOME2GIRLS1CUPBILLCOSBY

    he talked about how difficult Bruce was to work with, ripping pages out of the script he didn't think were important, not listening to directions etc. he said some other stuff too. he also said Bruno gave him a "David Addison", so I guess he ain't all that bad.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    We are both professionals...

    by Blanket-Man

    THIS is personal...

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    I'm tempted to give Die Hard the edge over Lethal Weapon

    by Spazatronik_2000

    but that's a tough call.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST

    does anyone else remember that weird tagline?

    by gotilk

    something about blowing you out the back of the theater? I always joked about it back then, saying it like .. "Die Hard.. the movie that will blow you in the back row of the theater". lol. Good times.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Guess we're going to need more FBI guys....

    by Guy_Meatdrapes

    Classic

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Back when Bruce had hair.

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    dulala11

    by gotilk

    I hope everyone you love dies in front of you.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Die Hard, I watch once a year (guess when)

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

    Lethal Weapon I throw on every 3 months or so.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Motherfucker I'm gonna KILL ya...I'm gonna fuckin' COOK ya...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...an' I'm gonna fuckin' EAT ya...!

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  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

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    by gotilk

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  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Die Hard = Best Christmas movie EVER!

    by Dogmatic

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    2nd Best Cobra

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    10 bucks to whoever can transcribe McClane's

    by Dogmatic

    obscenity-laced tirade as he beats Karl up.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Killik....

    by UrbanSamurai

    nice take on the McClane character, although I think they changed up the dynamics of the character really nice with the addition of Sam Jackson in "With A Vengeance". Actually Part 1 and 3 are the only Die Hard-Movies for me, I just happily ignore the other installments.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    On another note...

    by UrbanSamurai

    Harry, Merrick, Quint, whoever can you please ban those dulala11 and janefar assholes? Even better, Harry don't you itch to test that shotgun you recently got on them? These ads REALLY start to piss me off...

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST

    when 9/11 happened I thought it was Bin Laden

    by Spazatronik_2000

    then my friends asked, where was Norad? they showed me this sight infowars.com, now I know about government staged false flag opperations.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Shane Black

    by catlettuce4

    Last I heard he was writing (and directing?) a Doc Savage movie. He's obviously a big part of why the movies he's worked on were so memorable. I wish he'd done more and gotten more credit for his great dialogue writing. I'd love to know why he wasn't tapped to (re)write Predators, as well, since there's no doubt he contributed a lot to Predator.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST

    My Grandma's favorite movie.

    by joneboy008

    Seriously. She took me to see it when I was younger. She stood and gave the movie a standing ovation when the lights came up. Even today, at 89 years old, she still talks about Die Hard. And, Weekend at Bernie's. I love that woman.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Fuck watered down Die Hard sequels.

    by fastcars

    It can't be said enough. The first movie is the perfect action film. The first two sequels were increasingly ridiculous, but still fun and worthy of the name. But FUCK that PG-13 "Live Free or Die Hard" shit. I waited for the unrated DVD version, and even that was lukewarm. I can't imagine seeing an even more watered down version. I really hate that there are movie executives that make radical changes, for the worse, to a movie franchise, because they think it will make more money. It boggles the mind. Let's hope that if there's a Die Hard V, it's R-rated and genuine, in the spirit of the first movie, which is a classic, and endlessly viewable.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    I lerv these BTS pics

    by chrismata

    The Die Hard sequels sure did go to shit though.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Bruce Willis shoulder is all fucked up

    by chrismata

    Anybody know where that scar came from?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:31 a.m. CST

    MST3KPIMP

    by alan_poon

    He was in Billy Bathgate for five minutes at best arsehole. Oh and Last Man Standing is a very under-rated film so shut your piehole.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Die Hard IS the best action film ever made

    by CITIZENKANE

    And, unfortunately, Lethal Weapon hasn't aged very well.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:32 a.m. CST

    "Fly in the ointment"...

    by Master Bruce

    ..."pain in the ass, monkey in the wrench." One of the greatest action flicks of ALL TIME!!! Never forget seeing it w/a packed house when it first came out...wasn't sure "David Addison" could be an action hero - remember, this is during the days of Stallone & Schwarzenegger - and by the movie's end, the whole place was cheering like mad & Willis made me a believer! Moonlighting who? lol

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Die Hard-Best Christmas Movie Ever!!!

    by Drsambeckett1984

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Timeless film. Real standard-setting stuff.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Ironhelix

    by PTSDPete

    Fuck you. Teabagging scumbag.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Let's see you take this under advisement, jerkweed!

    by KelseysNuts

    Great action. One of the most quoteable films ever. Top-notch acting. Even the supporting characters are fully developed. What is there not to admire about Die Hard? Oh, and it was the first of the 'Holy Trinity' of Alan Rickman villains -- Hans Gruber, The Sheriff of Nottingham (Robin Hood) and Elliott Marston (Quigley Down Under).

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:57 a.m. CST

    " I am an exceptional thief!"

    by Drsambeckett1984

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Yep

    by MandrakeRoot

    Die Hard is a classic, up there with T2 as one of the great action flicks ever. But this pic wasn't that cool, I imagine there were FAR cooler moments on set.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    gotilk

    by Sailor Rip

    Best. Insult. Ever.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Also

    by Sailor Rip

    I don't remember that tagline just the "40 stories of shear adventure" one.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Bruce's lips look kind of weird . . .

    by JonChambers

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Shoulda heard your BROTHER squeal...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...when I broke his FUCKIN' neck...!

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Hans..... Boobie, what am I? A method actor?

    by Guy_Meatdrapes

    Just like that song said, it was sweet when they killed Ellis...

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    It will blow you

    by GAWK_THE_PUBES

    through the back wall of the theater.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Not really Die Hard related, but damn interesting.

    by Royston Lodge

    Since these BTS talkbacks are mostly about how big-ass movies USED to be made, and how they don't make 'em like they used to, I thought y'all might like this article which points out a few of the SPECIFIC technological trends that cause movies today to be all the same.<p> It's pretty interesting, and includes stuff I'd never really noticed before, but now this stuff is going to jump out at me every time I see it.<p> http://tinyurl.com/23zlhuf

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    The photo looks to be really touched up

    by skimn

    The highlights and graytones look almost plastic.<p>Killik, you said thats all there's need to be said about Willis/McClane "action star". Didn't Bruce follow this with The Last Boy Scout, where he's even more of a fucked up mess of an "action hero"?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    jonchambors

    by werewolfbynight

    yeah, his lips do look weird. it looks like he is in blackface make up.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    "you're a policeman, there are rules for policeman"

    by JackGraham

    die hard = best action film ever. i once wrote the dialogue by pausing it at every moment, took me 2 weeks to write it all down, hey i was young.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    the only thing i hate about die hard

    by JAMF

    a film that i love to death, is that fucking GREEN vest. how the fuck did they miss that?! it doesn't ruin the film, but damn... surely they had some spare white ones lying around.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    "Oh, John, what the fuck are you doing?"

    by BG7

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Twinkies.

    by MuhammadAmidala

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Now I know what a TV Dinner feels like...

    by Guy_Meatdrapes

    Ah fuck, I could do this all day...

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    and in the infamous BLACK shirt

    by TaLoNe

    nuff said...we aLL know about the white/black shirt mix up

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    the white/green vest blip ....

    by JackGraham

    someone once told me that air vents are dirty as all fuck, and this could be the reason why his whiter than white vest is dirtier than a 10 dollar whore when he crawls out, or maybe the director just thought "fuck it, it's just a vest, no one will care because it's not like a vest will become synonomous with the character"

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Can someone tell me what a "Jerk weed" is?

    by JackGraham

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    The white/grey vest blooper

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Watch the deleted scenes on the DVD, and one of them is Willis opening up the heating duct and a bunch of dust falling out as he checks the room to make sure it's empty. That's why the wife beater changes color.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty .. what's a jerk weed?

    by JackGraham

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Hans Gruber:

    by palimpsest

    "And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer." Benefits of a classical education.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Hans Gruber II:

    by palimpsest

    The circuits that cannnot be cut are cut automatically in response to a terrorist incident. You asked for miracles, Theo, I give you the FBI.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    And a third one:

    by palimpsest

    I wanted this to be professional, efficient, adult, cooperative. Not a lot to ask. Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way... so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Couldn't find it on IMDB, but I love when Gruber says

    by skimn

    "We could discuss men's fashion all day, but..."

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Predator scifi survivalist? Total recall backlash against 2001 W

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    I suppose Under Siege is a sociological parallel between the schism of the hippie culture?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Ways to make Die Hard more lethal

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    -actually kill each hostage every hour like promised <p> -gas the air vents <p> -put heads on poles all over for intimidation <p> -Hans should've shoved his cock in Takagi's mouth and pissed in his throat <p> -Instead of eating twinkies mcclane should have ate one of the badguys raw, then would say "we had a dinner for two, he was the course" and hans would freak out! <P> -sniped the soul brotha partner giving spiritual comfort to mcclane. the terrorists really shouldve put two and two together. <p> after mcclane ecapes, put broken glass all around the perimeter of their base floor. <p> -shoulda done some more hardcore sex scenes with the hostages since the tit girl was not enough.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    And also

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    -The terrorists shouldve been snortin coke and injecting themselves with drugs to be more alert <p> -McClane should've had 5 cigarettes in his mouth at the same time like the billiard ball guy, wouldve been funny.

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  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    I gotta go!!!

    by MovieDeal

    Reading all these kids (and OLDER kids) comments about the original Die Hard sucking by some of the TBers is just so HILARIOUS!! I mean, it was ALREADY noted as an action CLASSIC even before most of these asswipes were even born. Or their idiot parents even conceived them! LOL Keep thinking that. Oh.....and your tooth turns into a quarter if you put it under your pillow tonight. It might be a buck now. Yes, and I'm looking at YOU, you 30-something dude. (I'm just plugging into the stereotype. Ha ha!)

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    JackGraham

    by KelseysNuts

    A jerkweed is synonymous with a douche bag. Adding 'weed' to the end of 'jerk' intensifies the 'jerk' aspect, like saying dickweed, I suppose. A minor profanity, especially in this film as McClane uses pretty much every other word in the book, including telling the jerkweed assistant chief of police that he just got 'butt-fucked' on national TV.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    cool, i'm gonna call everyone i know a jerkweed today

    by JackGraham

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    BEST. ACTION FLICK. EVER.

    by I AM ROCKO

    Enough said. Lethal Weapon close second. The Road Warrior- nos 3.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    i thought Wanted was a terrific action flick ...

    by JackGraham

    i loved the car chase scenes, the train wreckage, the beatings, the curved bullets, the final shootout and Angelina looking feeeee ine.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    my fav action films would include ...

    by JackGraham

    Die Hard, Raiders of the lost ark, First Blood, Point Break, The Fugitive, Predator, Terminator, Red Heat, Commando, The last boy scout, Wanted, Taken, The Bourne Ultimatum, Con Air and Universal Soldier. I haven't seen many asian flicks such as Hard Boiled, The killer, A better tommorow, Police Story, etc but I will, I've heard they are good, and some you tube clips would suggest that's true.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    The worst supposed action flicks are ...

    by JackGraham

    Broken Arrow (Christian Slater an action hero?) Live Free or Die Hard, Mission Impossible 2, The 6th Day, Bad Boys 2, The Island, The Punisher(Thomas Jane version), Next, Predator(s),Catwoman, Rocky 5, Transformers 2 .... erm .... just a minute ....

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    the best action directors are ...

    by JackGraham

    John Woo, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, John McTeirnan, Pierre Morel, The fella that made wanted, Sylvester Stallone, Zack Snyder, Robert Rodriguez, Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, Paul Greengrass, Philip Noyce, Mel Gibson, Matthew Vaughn .... erm .... just a minute

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    hey idiots

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    Its a Wonderful Life was a summer release, so stfu.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I dunno if I would consider McTiernan an elite action director a

    by Guy_Meatdrapes

    Sure Die Hard and Predator are a couple of all time greats, but even if we count Red October as a good one (which I am not really a fan of...), it's been 20 years since he's put out something to warrant elite status....

  • Aug. 7, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    I agree, McTeirnan has lost it ...

    by JackGraham

    Medicine Man, Rollerball, Basic, Last Action Hero, 13th Warrior, hmmm, not exactly a shining resume. but he will always be a favourite of mine bcos he made back to back classics in predator and die hard, two of my fav all time action flicks. poor bugger is facing jail time.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    "...the quarterback is toast!!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Aliens

    by hatemphd

    No one mentioned Aliens as a classic action film here yet :( <p> Best sequel ever.