Die Hard (1988; USA; DeLuxe; 130m) ∗∗∗∗½ d. John McTiernan; w. Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza; ph. Jan de Bont; m. Michael Kamen. Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, William Atherton, Hart Bochner, James Shigeta, De’voreaux White, Bruno Doyon, Andreas Wisniewski, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Joey Plewa, Lorenzo Caccialanza. An NYPD detective tries to save his wife and several others, taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party. Spectacular action-thriller was heavily influential in spawning many copies and sequels in the action film genre. Willis is superb as the wise-cracking reluctant hero and McTiernan directs with style, pace and aplomb. Rickman makes for an excellent villain in his film debut. Based on the novel “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Roderick Thorp. Followed by four sequels beginning with DIE HARD 2 (1990).