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Die Hard at 30: how it remains the quintessential American action movie

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by justgladtobehere, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. justgladtobehere

    justgladtobehere Well-Known Member

    Die Hard at 30

  2. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

    Better movie: first "Die Hard" or first "Lethal Weapon"?

    Tough call for me. I love 'em both, and they never get old.
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  3. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    Die Hard has the one quintessential quote that everyone remembers.

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  4. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

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  5. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

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  6. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    And Christmas movie. Don’t forget Christmas movie.
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  7. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    As good as Air Force One was, it still falls under the category of movies described as "Die Hard on a (blank)," so it's still in the next tier.
    That's part of what makes Die Hard so good, is that you can see its influence in an entire generation of action movies. Every movie with the lone, out of place hero fighting the bad guys in a confined space owes its existence to Die Hard. There were probably some in that genre before Die Hard, but that every one that came after is compared to it shows the standard it set.
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  8. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I remember when they announced Willis for that movie and his $5 million payday - people were outraged - he'd never opened a movie before. That said, there is so much we take for granted now that Die Hard pioneered. A hero who actually bleeds and feels pain, a suave and charismatic villain who was kind of funny, and the "everyman" plunged into an incredible scenario.
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  9. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    I can't believe I missed that one in 2016. That is excellent.
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  10. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Somehow I missed this thread, but the OP was an all-timer. Holy shit, that's great work.
  11. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    Agreed, as was the thread.
  12. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Even when some keyboard critics dogpiled him on stupid stuff.

    The opening post was a gem, and still is. Take another bow, @daytonadan1983.
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