"Die Hard" transformed Bruce Willis from a comedic actor to one of the biggest action stars in the business, and the franchise is still going strong more than 25 years after it began. Take our quiz to see how much you know about this classic!
What's the name of our hero, played by Bruce Willis?
Willis plays John McClane, a NYPD detective with an uncanny ability for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And, of course, for taking out bad guys.
What's the first setback McClane experiences in trying to reunite with his wife at the party?
She's having a liaison in a back conference room
She's using a different name
Holly, played by Bonnie Bedelia, has been using her maiden name - Gennero - in her professional life at Nakatomi Corporation. McClane doesn't discover this until he has to use the building directory to find her floor. Particularly observant Die Hard fans have even noticed a typo in her name, "Gennaro," which briefly appears onscreen.
What's the message McClane leaves on the body of the first bad guy to bite the dust?
"Happy Trails, Hans"
"Now I Have a Machine Gun, Ho Ho Ho"
Tony is the first villain to attack McClane, who uses the bad guy to break his fall as they both tumble down the stairs. McClane then uses Tony's radio to call the LAPD and borrows his machine gun, leaving him with a Santa hat and a note to taunt Hans.
What holiday serves as the setting for "Die Hard"?
McClane heads to Los Angeles to attend his wife Holly's company party on Christmas Eve. Many consider Die Hard to be a Christmas movie, and therefore the best Christmas movie of the 1980s...or even all time.
Who is McClane's favorite cowboy, according to what he tells Hans, because of his "sequined shirts"?
Hans suggests McClane is "another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he's John Wayne...Rambo...Marshal Dillon." McClane says he was "always partial to Roy Rogers," deadpanning, "I really dug those sequined shirts." Thus the most famous line of Bruce Willis' career was born: "Yipee-ki-ay, m*********."
Argyle becomes much more than a driver when he is trapped during the siege. He ends up taking down Theo and escaping from the garage at the end of the film. "This is my first time driving a limo," he says at the beginning of the movie. "That's okay. This is my first time riding in one," is McClane's response.
Why do the police initially decide to enter Nakatomi Plaza instead of waiting for the FBI?
They doubt McClane's story
With no ransom or other demands, SWAT Captain Mitchell says the terrorist plot isn't quite adding up, that the dead body could just be a "stockbroker" who committed suicide, and that the gunfire could have been fired by the "flake" named "Roy" who's been communicating with them over the radio.
They can hear the terrorists starting to kill hostages
Which of the following is NOT a title of one of the five movies in the Die Hard series?
The second film in the franchise, Die Hard 2, was released in 1990 and takes place at Dulles Airport in Washington DC, also on Christmas Eve. But many fans consider the original and the third film, Die Hard with a Vengeance, to be the best of the series.
True or False: The role of John McClane was initially offered to Frank Sinatra.
Contractual obligations forced the studio to offer the film to an aging Sinatra. When he turned it down, it was offered to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson and other action stars before Bruce Willis finally landed the role.