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How Die Hard set the stage for 25 years of action films (Premiered 25 years ago today)
Guardian UK ^

Posted on 07/22/2013 6:34:36 PM PDT by Perdogg

John McClane, a loner with a progressively bloodied tank top, set the tone for regular-guy action heroes. For that, we salute him

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1 posted on 07/22/2013 6:34:36 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: DollyCali; Perdogg; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; Mama_Bear; Jack Deth; ...

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2 posted on 07/22/2013 6:36:21 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

I watched REDS last night. I liked it.


3 posted on 07/22/2013 6:36:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Perdogg

I never miss it when its on. Yipee-Ki-Yay!


4 posted on 07/22/2013 6:37:32 PM PDT by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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To: Perdogg

Hong Kong’s action films of the same era were far better. Hollywood butchered them when they brought them to the US. They also gave the star Chinese directors crap scripts to work with.

I think it was to save the Die Hard/Lethal Weapon franchises and the stateside knockoffs.


5 posted on 07/22/2013 6:37:45 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: cripplecreek
I watched REDS last night. I liked it.

I liked it too. I thought it was better than RED 1. It seemed more like a James Bond movie, with lots of action.

6 posted on 07/22/2013 6:40:13 PM PDT by Mark17 (A creepy a$$ cracker, retiring in the Philippines)
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To: Mark17

“WELCOME TO THE PARTY, PAL” !


7 posted on 07/22/2013 6:42:06 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Perdogg

Die Hard was better than just about all of the action movies that came after it.

I really am having a hard time thinking of one that exceeds it.


8 posted on 07/22/2013 6:44:51 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Perdogg

Yeah, come on out to L.A., we’ll have a good time.


9 posted on 07/22/2013 6:45:52 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (What difference does it make?)
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To: Perdogg

I thought it came out at Christmas time


10 posted on 07/22/2013 6:47:54 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Col Frank Slade

“I guess we’re gonna need more FBI guys.”


11 posted on 07/22/2013 6:48:58 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Perdogg

That’s when terrorists were seen as the bad guys and weren’t celebrated like rock stars or given entire countries by the White house.


12 posted on 07/22/2013 6:50:03 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Perdogg
By far the best action movie ever made. I remember thinking so at the time, and then thinking that it would be a long wait for the next one.

I'm still waiting. I've seen a lot of enjoyable action movies since then, but none have topped it yet.

13 posted on 07/22/2013 6:50:47 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: digger48

It was Christmas time in the movie...


14 posted on 07/22/2013 6:51:30 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Blart the Mall Cop is somewhat of a Diehard rip off with a little bit of Rambo thrown in.


15 posted on 07/22/2013 6:51:38 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: cripplecreek
I watched REDS last night. I liked it.

Not that Warren Beatty Commie Flick, I hope.

16 posted on 07/22/2013 6:51:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Perdogg
Supervisor [as McClane tries to call up police]:

Attention, whoever you are, this channel is reserved for emergency calls only.

John McClane:

No fu*king sh*t, lady. Does it sound like I'm ordering a pizza?

17 posted on 07/22/2013 6:52:23 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Perdogg

I loved the scene where Bonnie Bedelia punched the reporter.

Talk about typecasting, the report was also “Dickless” in Ghostbusters.


18 posted on 07/22/2013 6:53:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: chris37

The Director was on a roll from 87-90.
Predator, Die Hard, and The Hunt for Red October.


19 posted on 07/22/2013 6:53:37 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Perdogg

I always liked action-oriented films, but I’m frankly not too keen on the whole modern ‘operatic’ style of the genre. Always seems a bit too hokey and contrived for me, as they seem to be trying to emulate roller-coaster rides, or a dizzying video-game. CGI exposions, etc.

Really does nothing for me. Yet, I found myself almost jumping out of my seat last week while watching a ridiculously antique, silent b-western, in which the leading lady on a fast, runaway buckboard literally makes a huge leap onto the back of the hero’s galloping horse. Undoubtedly a stuntman in drag. But it looked REAL and it looked dangerous as hell. Even made the horse rear up. No special-effects, no back-projection.


20 posted on 07/22/2013 6:54:37 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Perdogg

“Come up to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughts...”


21 posted on 07/22/2013 6:55:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Veggie Todd
Yeah, come on out to L.A., we’ll have a good time.

John McClane [huddled in an air vent, recalls his wife's invitation]:

"Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs..."

22 posted on 07/22/2013 6:55:53 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Perdogg

23 posted on 07/22/2013 7:00:11 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: Perdogg

Yippe ya kay, Mother F$##$r......

Gotta love it.

One of the best movies ever.


24 posted on 07/22/2013 7:01:26 PM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: Larry Lucido

“Man, I hope that’s not a hostage.”


25 posted on 07/22/2013 7:03:12 PM PDT by Prole
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To: Lmo56

“Mr. McClain, now that it’s all over, what are your feelings???” (WHACK!!!!!)


26 posted on 07/22/2013 7:05:32 PM PDT by Prole
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To: Perdogg
I remember being down the Jersey shore and it was raining so we had nothing to do all day. My friend and I had been out drinking all night and wanted to wait until at least 5 before hitting the bars again.

The only movie playing that afternoon at the theater was "Die Hard."

We reluctantly went to see it, even though it had that weird little guy from "Moonlighting" as a tough guy!

We assumed it would be terrible, but it was great!

27 posted on 07/22/2013 7:06:06 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Prole

I thought Bonnie Bedelia was pretty hot in that movie.


28 posted on 07/22/2013 7:07:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: chris37

One big problem with so many of the action movies today is that the “hero” actors look like real-life pansy-asses, and yeah, they can’t act, either. Explain to me Channing Tatum.


29 posted on 07/22/2013 7:07:52 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
By far the best action movie ever made.

It certainly was the "best" action movie at the time but comes in #2 overall for me.

"Taken" is my #1 but that's just me.

30 posted on 07/22/2013 7:07:52 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Perdogg

Bruce Willis is also a blues guitarist that I believe leans NeoCon God luv’em


31 posted on 07/22/2013 7:09:32 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: Perdogg

We may salute Bruce Willis, but Die Hard as a film really sucked. The story was thin.


32 posted on 07/22/2013 7:10:12 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

“Ronin” for me is the best action movie.


33 posted on 07/22/2013 7:10:31 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Bruce Willis, John Malkovich etc.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245526/


34 posted on 07/22/2013 7:10:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

The Sixth Sense scared the daylights out of me


35 posted on 07/22/2013 7:12:04 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: fieldmarshaldj

The british are producing much better actors these days.


36 posted on 07/22/2013 7:12:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I call them Mcactors.


37 posted on 07/22/2013 7:14:01 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: dfwgator

Thanks for the heads up! Never seen it. Will have to see if I can rent it.


38 posted on 07/22/2013 7:14:11 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: cripplecreek

Malkovich was great.


39 posted on 07/22/2013 7:14:22 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: WomBom

I liked RED because it was an action comedy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFLX7Pk1Tn4


40 posted on 07/22/2013 7:17:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Gene Eric

Malkovich.

“We gotta get rid of her. I know a place down the road. Its perfect, lots of alligators.”


41 posted on 07/22/2013 7:19:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Red was incredible! Helen Mirren was outstanding as was Malkovich. Can’t wait to see the sequel this summer!


42 posted on 07/22/2013 7:21:16 PM PDT by rintense
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To: cripplecreek

LOL. He was perfect for the character.


43 posted on 07/22/2013 7:22:35 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: WomBom

Last Man Standing was just fun shoot em up movie!


44 posted on 07/22/2013 7:23:04 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: cripplecreek

With Warren Beatty?


45 posted on 07/22/2013 7:23:41 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (You hear it here first.)
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To: chris37

Die Hard was the best action flick of all time IMO.


46 posted on 07/22/2013 7:24:15 PM PDT by MNDude (The system worked!)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

No Warren Beatty in RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous)


47 posted on 07/22/2013 7:25:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Both movies were awesome!


48 posted on 07/22/2013 7:25:31 PM PDT by rabidralph (Gray State Movie)
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To: Col Frank Slade
“WELCOME TO THE PARTY, PAL” !

Why thank you Colonel. -:)

49 posted on 07/22/2013 7:26:29 PM PDT by Mark17 (A creepy a$$ cracker, retiring in the Philippines)
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To: Perdogg

I always leaned toward “True Lies” because it was a comedy.


50 posted on 07/22/2013 7:26:35 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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