Here come the holidays, and if you’ve ever felt trapped in a house with insufferable relatives fighting like terrorists or dodging Grandma’s fruitcake like bullets, might relate to director John McTiernan’s 1988 action movie. Released in July, this Bruce Willis-led shoot-’em-up launched the actor’s movie career and its title became shorthand for a high-concept thriller, “It’s Die Hard on a [blank].” Featuring Alan Rickman in a star-making turn as the exceptional thief Hans Gruber, the movie robbed the sleepy summer box office and became perenial Christmas counterprogramming. It’s not the Yuletide season until Hans Gruber falls off Nakatomi Plaza… and it’s a good day to talk about Die Hard!
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