Director: John McTiernan

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Film:Die Hard with a Vengeance

Die Hard with a Vengeance

John McTiernan

The second sequel to the mold-making action film Die Hard brings Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) to New York City to face a better villain than in Die Hard 2. Played by Jeremy Irons, he’s the brother of the Germanic terrorist-thief Alan Rickman played in the original film. But this bad guy has his sights set higher: on the Federal Reserve’s cache of gold. As a distraction, he sets McClane running fool’s errands all over New York—and eventually, McClane attracts an unintentional partner, a Harlem dry cleaner (Samuel L. Jackson) with a chip on…

Film:The Last Action Hero

The Last Action Hero

John McTiernan

Jack Slater is an action-film hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. An old projectionist (Robert Prosky) hands a magic movie ticket to Jack’s biggest preteen fan (Austin O’Brien), and the kid steps right inside the latest Jack Slater film, becoming the actor star’s sidekick in gunfights and car chases. But when Jack’s nemesis (Charles Dance) gets his hands on the ticket, the fight busts out into the real world and Jack (à la Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear) refuses to believe he’s a fictional character. Director John McTiernan churns some nifty scenes out of…

Film:Die Hard

Die Hard

John McTiernan

Bruce Willi stars as New York City Detective John McClane, newly arrived in Los Angeles to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia). But as Mclane waits for his wife’s office party to break up, terrorist take control of the building. While the terrorist leader, Hans gruber (Alexander Godunov) round up hostages, McClane slips away unnoticed. Armed with only a service revolver and his cunning, McClane launches his own one-man war. A crackling thriller from beginning to end, Die Hard explodes with heart-stopping suspense.

Film:Predator

Predator

John McTiernan

Rambo meets Alien in this terrific science-fiction thriller from 1987, directed by John McTiernan just a year before Die Hard made him Hollywood’s most sought-after director of action-packed blockbusters. Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite squad of U.S. Army commandos to a remote region of South American jungle, where they’ve been assigned to search for South American officials who’ve been kidnapped by terrorists. Instead they find a bunch of skinned corpses hanging from the trees and realize that they’re now facing a mysterious and much…

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