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.
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.