An adaptation of the Roderick Thorp novel Nothing Lasts Forever, this tale of an office Christmas party gone wrong is 131 minutes of pure ’80’s goodness.
The film’s use of charming villains, reluctant heroes, and enough action to stretch the duration 40 minutes past the genre’s hour-and-a-half average resulted in a box office hit, a 20-year franchise, and nuclear explosion that brought us super-action lead, Bruce Willis.
With so much going on, it’s easy to forget it’s a Christmas film.
We first meet our hero, Detective John McClane (Willis) of the NYPD, upon his arrival in Los Angeles.
Six months separated from his wife, Holly, he accepts her invitation to attend the office Christmas party at Nakatomi Plaza.
Being a homicide detective, John is completely out of his element amongst this sea of business people. Clearly from two different worlds, we get a glimpse of the tension that divided the couple’s marriage amidst a brief attempted reconciliation.