'Die Hard': Bruce Willis Thriller Gets 20th Anniversary Screening

Bruce Willis in Die Hard

The original Die Hard (1988) will have a special 20th anniversary screening on Wednesday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council, the evening will include an onstage panel discussion with several key members of the film's sound and visual effects teams. Film historian and author Eric Lichtenfeld will moderate the panel.

Bruce Willis in Die HardDirected by John McTiernan from a screenplay by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza (based on Roderick Thorp's novel Nothing Lasts Forever), Die Hard stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, a New York City cop who flies out to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve to make peace with his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia). His plans are foiled when some pesky (non-Arab!) terrorists without any respect for Christmas or office parties seize the corporate tower where the cop's wife's year-end bash is being held. And then, well … a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

A major box office hit, Die Hard also features Paul Gleason, William Atherton, Hart Bochner, Alan Rickman, James Shigeta, and even Alexander Godunov.

Die Hard received Academy Award nominations in Film Editing (Frank J. Urioste, John F. Link), Sound (Don Bassman, Kevin F. Cleary, Richard Overton, Al Overton), Sound Effects Editing (Stephen H. Flick, Richard Shorr), and Visual Effects (Richard Edlund, Al Dissaro, Brent Boates, Thaine Morris).

This screening will premiere a newly struck 35mm print from the Academy Film Archive.

Established in 2003 by the Academy's Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council, as per the Academy's press release, “provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities and preserves the history of science and technology of motion pictures.”

Tickets to Die Hard are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase by mail, at the Academy box office, or online at www.oscars.org. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue).

For additional information, visit www.oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.

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3 Comments to 'Die Hard': Bruce Willis Thriller Gets 20th Anniversary Screening

  1. Duarte Oliveira Joaquim

    In real life terrorists would never got a chance against all the police force around the building.

  2. Duarte Oliveira Joaquim

    In the movie die hard why the swat team didn't tried to get in the building by the garage instead by the lobby? Why didn't the swat team used the tank to destroy the garage grids in order to get in, like argyle did with his car in the ending?

  3. maja

    hey bruce im a girl im 14 years old i comming from denmark i cant littel engelsk i am a big fan no i tink i love you in the last 3 years have i just look an you you music you movies and all this i will be happy if you wanna have my msn/email and we cant chatte bye bye lovelig bruce willis i love you