It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah. Until Die Hard came along, Bruce Willis was merely that wisecracking guy on Moonlighting. After the film's profits started rolling in, Willis found himself one of the highest-paid and most sought-after leading men in Hollywood.

Bruce Willis - John McClane
Alan Rickman - Hans Gruber
Bonnie Bedelia - Holly Gennero McClane
Alexander Godunov - Karl
Reginald VelJohnson - Sgt. Al Powell
William Atherton - Thornburg
Paul Gleason - Dwayne T. Robinson
De'Voreaux White - Argyle
Hart Bochner - Ellis
James Shigeta - Takagi
Robert Davi - Big Johnson
Grand L. Bush - Little Johnson
Clarence Gilyard, Jr. - Theo
Fred Lerner - Guard
Bruce P. Schultz - Cameraman
Richard Parker - Man
David Ursin - Harvey Johnson
Mary Ellen Trainor - Gail Wallens
Carmine Zozzora - Rivers
Andreas Wisniewski - Tony
Wilhelm von Homburg - James
Dustyn Taylor - Ginny
Shelley Pogoda - Dispatcher
Bob A. Jennings - Cameraman
Shanna Higgins - Hostage
Jon E. Greene - Boy at Airport
Noah Land - John Jr.
Bill Margolin - Producer
Gary Roberts - Heinrich
Hans Buhringer - Fritz
Scot Bennett - Hostage
Kate Finlayson - Hostage
Rick Cicetti - Guard
Terri Lynn Doss - Girl at Airport
Kip Waldo - Convenience Store Clerk
Bruno Doyon - Franco
George Christy - Hasseldorf
Betty Carvalho - Paulina
Rick Ducommun - City Worker
Taylor Fry - Lucy McClane
Mark Goldstein - Station Manager
Cheryl Baker - Woman
Selma Archerd - Hostage
Lorenzo Caccialanza - Marco
Rebecca Broussard - Hostage
Gerard Bonn - Kristoff
P. Randall Bowers - Kissing Man
Tracy Reiner - Thornburg's Assistant
Bill Marcus - City Engineer
Kym Malin - Hostage
Robert Lesser - Businessman
Tony Peck - Young Cop
Joey Plewa - Alexander
Stella Hall - Stewardess
Diana James - Supervisor
Dennis Hayden - Eddie
Al Leong - Uli
Michele Laybourn - Girl in Window
David Katz - Soundman
Matt Landers - Capt. Mitchell