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Yippie-Kay-25th-Birthday Die Hard

In a world... before 9/11, when action heroes were somber steroid freaks, John McClane burst onto the scene: balding, barefoot and balking. Die Hard became an instant classic twenty-five years ago this week.

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Kathy Shaidle

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July 19, 2013 - 7:00 am
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When I was single and needed some yang around the house to balance the yin, I’d stick on my Die Hard DVD as a kind of testosterone air freshener.

I’ve been married for a bunch of years now — no, I actually don’t have my anniversary date memorized — but I would still happily screen Die Hard on an endless loop in my home, and not just at Christmas.

(PS: One secret to a happy marriage? Two TVs. Just sayin’…)

This week marked the 25th anniversary of the instant classic action film, prompting some surprisingly thoughtful thoughts by some folks around the web.

At RogerEbert.com, Matt Zoller Seitz serves up a must-read appreciation with the perfect title — “Die Hard in a Building: An Action Classic Turns 25″:

Incredible as it might sound twenty-five years later, neither this film nor its smirking star were considered a slam-dunk in the summer of 1988. If you were the sort of viewer who looked for art in unexpected places, “Die Hard” was a godsend—the kind of moviegoing experience that colonized a part of your imagination and turned you into a bit of a zealot. I saw the film on opening day, fell instantly in love with it, and ran out to the theater lobby afterward to phone my younger brother.

“Put your shoes on,” I said. “I’ll be out front in ten minutes. I’m going to see ‘Die Hard’ again immediately, and you’re coming with me.” I saw it 15 times that summer. When I admitted this to art house-minded friends who assumed it was just Rambo in a building, they looked at me like I was crazy. But the ones I managed to drag to the theater understood instantly that this was no mere time-waster, that there was indeed something special about it: a joyous quality and an astonishing sense of craft.

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Terroristas had great Hollywood hair of the era.
38 weeks ago
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I believe I've seen Alan Rickman in small parts before Die Hard, like "Smiley's People." He was good as a villain in "Quigley Down Under" two years later.
38 weeks ago
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"Which movie won the Oscar for best picture for 1988?"

Turns out it was _Rain Man_; I think we remember that one too. _Big_ and _Roger Rabbit_ were also good.
39 weeks ago
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Die Hard truly is a work of art. It scores very high on every facet of film making. Casting, script, screenplay, big-time cinematography, acting, design, pacing and more. Die Hard is a masterpiece of film making. It is perfectly streamlined without an ounce of fat.
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That should be, "Yippie-I-O-Ki-Ay!"
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