DIE HARD

Thirty years on, di­rec­tor John Mctier­nan and writ­ers Jeb Stu­art and Steven E. de Souza take the el­e­va­tor to the 34th floor of the Nakatomi Plaza one last time. Lovely muzak.

Empire (UK) - - CONTENTS - WORDS JAMES DYER

EM­I­NENTLY QUOTABLE AND end­lessly re­watch­able, Die Hard re­mains the gold stan­dard for big-screen ac­tion. Adapted from a Rod­er­ick Thorp novel by first-time screen­writer Jeb Stu­art and fizzed up by Steven E. de Souza’s quippy di­a­logue, it was metic­u­lously di­rected by set-piece mae­stro John Mctier­nan. Com­bined with the movie’s se­cret weapon — TV star Bruce Wil­lis — these in­gre­di­ents added up to cre­ate an ac­tion film like no other. For the movie’s 30th birth­day, we asked Mctier­nan, de Souza and Stu­art to talk us through Die Hard scene by scene. Yippee-ki-yay, moth­er­fuck­ers. 

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