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Die Hard 7 70.00%
Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1 10.00%
Die Hard: With a Vengeance 2 20.00%
Life Free or Die Hard 0 0%
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:31 PM
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I assume you meant "Checkpoint Lambda", not Lambada (which is the Forbidden Checkpoint, hahah!).

I'd never heard of you book you mention, FW, but the DIE HARD credits list that the screenplay was based on the Roderick Thorpe novel Nothing Lasts Forever.

Maybe Thorpe read Leinster's book?
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I assume you meant "Checkpoint Lambda", not Lambada (which is the Forbidden Checkpoint, hahah!).

I'd never heard of you book you mention, FW, but the DIE HARD credits list that the screenplay was based on the Roderick Thorpe novel Nothing Lasts Forever.

Maybe Thorpe read Leinster's book?
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Dang...I guess Die Hard is the winner...mind you this is an endless poll MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
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Gotta side with the original "Die Hard."

The tagline entirely summed it up: "It will blow you through the back wall of the theater!"

Prior to 1988 we've seen plenty of action flicks but "Die Hard" changed the standard. It's "one man against all odds" that provided thills that kept us on the edge of our seats. As earlier noted, Alan Rickman turned in a great performance and the movie featured a fine essemble cast with Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald Veljohnson (the twinkie cop) and William Atherton (the snob reporter). It also featured actors no longer with us today but truly missed, the late Alexander Godunov (Karl) and Paul Gleason (Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson).

While the movie is full of memorable action sequences its character play sets the pace and the tone as well. It's interesting to watch common sense vs. dimwits, to wit: the exchange between Sgt. Al Powell and Dep. Chief Dwayne Robinson. Powell is the only ally McClain has and during the crisis a bond is forged between them. Robinson is the typical, stupidly blind bureaucrat who becomes a problem instead of trying to solve one.

When the FBI arrives to take over the crime scene, Powell replies: "Do you want a breath mint?"

The movie also features a hero always at a disadvantage. He's attempting to reconcile matters with his successful wife and yet before the shooting starts loses his temper. He is then forced to break free and escape while barefooted. He is able to surprise the Hans' thugs in the beginning but is forced into a deadly "cat and mouse" game during the second half of the movie.

My favorite scene at the end: amidst a swirling haze of bearer bonds with some nice photography we see our hero united with wife as they move toward the waiting crowd. There, standing in the middle of the crowd is Sgt. Al Powell.
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I love it how it says Sheer Adventure rather than Sheer Terror or Sheer Adrenaline. Having it say adventure brings the kid out of McClane and that this is not your average violent movie.

By the way, check out this video. I'm sure many of you have seen/heard it before. "Die Hard 4.0" by Guyz Nite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTyw6cq86kY
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