Skip to comments.How Die Hard set the stage for 25 years of action films (Premiered 25 years ago today)
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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I watched REDS last night. I liked it.
I never miss it when its on. Yipee-Ki-Yay!
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.
I liked it too. I thought it was better than RED 1. It seemed more like a James Bond movie, with lots of action.
“WELCOME TO THE PARTY, PAL” !
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.
Yeah, come on out to L.A., we’ll have a good time.
I thought it came out at Christmas time
“I guess we’re gonna need more FBI guys.”
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.
I'm still waiting. I've seen a lot of enjoyable action movies since then, but none have topped it yet.
It was Christmas time in the movie...
Blart the Mall Cop is somewhat of a Diehard rip off with a little bit of Rambo thrown in.
Not that Warren Beatty Commie Flick, I hope.
Attention, whoever you are, this channel is reserved for emergency calls only.
No fu*king sh*t, lady. Does it sound like I'm ordering a pizza?
I loved the scene where Bonnie Bedelia punched the reporter.
Talk about typecasting, the report was also “Dickless” in Ghostbusters.
The Director was on a roll from 87-90.
Predator, Die Hard, and The Hunt for Red October.
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.
“Come up to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughts...”
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..."
Yippe ya kay, Mother F$##$r......
Gotta love it.
One of the best movies ever.
“Man, I hope that’s not a hostage.”
“Mr. McClain, now that it’s all over, what are your feelings???” (WHACK!!!!!)
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!
I thought Bonnie Bedelia was pretty hot in that movie.
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.
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.
Bruce Willis is also a blues guitarist that I believe leans NeoCon God luv’em
We may salute Bruce Willis, but Die Hard as a film really sucked. The story was thin.
“Ronin” for me is the best action movie.
Bruce Willis, John Malkovich etc.
The Sixth Sense scared the daylights out of me
The british are producing much better actors these days.
I call them Mcactors.
Thanks for the heads up! Never seen it. Will have to see if I can rent it.
Malkovich was great.
I liked RED because it was an action comedy.
“We gotta get rid of her. I know a place down the road. Its perfect, lots of alligators.”
Red was incredible! Helen Mirren was outstanding as was Malkovich. Can’t wait to see the sequel this summer!
LOL. He was perfect for the character.
Last Man Standing was just fun shoot em up movie!
With Warren Beatty?
Die Hard was the best action flick of all time IMO.
No Warren Beatty in RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous)
Both movies were awesome!
Why thank you Colonel. -:)
I always leaned toward “True Lies” because it was a comedy.
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