The plot is simple, terrorists take over a building in Los Angeles. Alan Rickman portrayed the master villain who has many tricks up his sleeve. Alexander Godunov is Rickman's major henchman. In contrast, Willis plays a vulnerable cop named John McClain is on the outs with his wife, played by Bonnie Bedelia. The summer of 1988 was a hot one for Bedelia who was on the big screen as Harrison Ford's wife on "Presumed Innocent."
The action was thrilling. The humor was appropriate. "Die Hard" has grown in statue through the years.