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10 Die Hard Movies That Aren’t Die Hard Movies
On a train or on a plane, but never with a McClane

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10 Die Hard Movies That Aren’t Die Hard Movies | Die Hard… On A Bus
Die Hard… On A Bus

Speed (1994)

Director: Jan De Bont (Cinematographer on Die Hard)

Villain’s agenda: Extortion backed up by elaborate bomb threats.

Overlooked hero? No: he’s targeted deliberately by the villain.

Yippee-Ki-Yay Moment: “Yeah? Well I’m taller!”

Included here more because it’s generally perceived as Die-Hard-On-A-Bus, and we wanted to demonstrate that that’s kind of erroneous. Firstly, it’s on a bus, and in a lift and on a train. Secondly, our hero Keanu Reeves isn’t there by accident. And thirdly, he’s not offing bad guys one-by-one. Not Die Hard in the slightest then: it’s more along the lines of a disaster movie. But lest we forget, Die Hard itself was a kind of tweaked Towering Inferno concept, and Speed’s Die Harditude also comes from its relentless narrative, the prolonged enclosure in the bus-bound section, and by Dennis Hopper’s scenery-chewing villain. Like Grunge sweeping away Hair Metal, Speed shook the action genre up for a while, to the extent that people called Die Hard With a Vengeance “Speed in New York”.

See also:

  • Speed 2: Cruise Control – Die Hard on a really slow cruise ship, with Jason Patrick instead of Keanu
  • Dirty Harry – For the section that became the whole of Die Hard With a Vengeance, where Andrew Robinson gives Clint the runaround
  • Daylight – Disaster movie-tinged Die Hard in a tunnel, with Stallone
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1 DH5?
Seems AGDTDH tried to imitate a Die Hard movie but couldn't quite cut it. Not that I've seen it, or want to. More

Posted by Normal Control on Monday February 18, 2013, 21:32

2 Fly Hard = Air Force One, Executive Decision
DIe Hard and Play Misty For Me are among the most ripped-off movies in history (you could add in Halloween also). Fatal Attraction ripped off Play Misty For Me and the floodgates opened. That Andrew Dice Clay movie I've never heard of, it's got a great cast though and I bet you could get it on Amazon for 27p if it's available at all from ShitHouse Films Distributors (it's a bigger shock that Clay was still making movies in '95). More

Posted by BenTramer on Friday February 15, 2013, 18:33

3 Die Hard On....
think 'sudden death' is underrated-has one of my fave chief villain death scene at the end. 'executive decision' and 'air force one' are my fave DH on a plane movies. More

Posted by spark1 on Friday February 15, 2013, 10:14

4 Great line
"Point Blank is not to be confused with the Lee Marvin film of the same name. Because it’s shit." Love it! More

Posted by rob_devitt on Friday February 15, 2013, 01:15

5 The Rock and Air Force One
Let's not forget 'The Rock' as being Die Hard...in an abandoned prison island. Also, I certainly would have put Harrison Ford's classic version of Die Hard... on a plane over 'Passenger 57', rather than sticking it in the 'See Also:' section... More

Posted by TPM007 on Thursday February 14, 2013, 21:49

6 Roy Rogers
Woah woah hang on there, lazy journalism my ironside! This is first class quality action movie tracking. That Double Team gets a side mention (yes its shit but has Paul Freeman in it) shows the heavy research this journo went to to bring us this often amusing trip back through the kind of action films guranteed to be shown on 8 hour bus journeys on a continent of one's choosing... Nice refs to the Directors More

Posted by Hans Zharkov on Thursday February 14, 2013, 21:03

7 RE: Die Hard on a...
L: Normal Control The 'Die Hard on a...' stuff always seemed like redundant lazy journalism whenever I heard this comment describing another action movie. t's true, though. After Die Hard, there were hundreds of pitches to writers and producers of 'Die Hard on a '. Under Siege and Cliffhanger are absolute examples of this. It's something that actually happened, it's not just lazy journalism. One mistake I noticed in this article was the entry for Sudden Death.....it was a woman in a penguin suit that Van Damme fought, not a man. More

Posted by Shifty Bench on Thursday February 14, 2013, 14:38

8 RE: Die Hard on a...
L: Normal Control Cliffhanger... and Under Siege are all brilliant action movies in their own right, and hardly clones of Die Hard. 'mon are you serious?! They're *absolutely* following the Die Hard formula. More

Posted by Osric on Thursday February 14, 2013, 14:07

9 RE: Die Hard on a...
L: Normal Control Cliffhanger, Speed, and Under Siege are all brilliant action movies in their own right, and hardly clones of Die Hard. To be fair, the bit on Speed acknowledges this. Weren't Die Hard 2 and 3 (maybe 4 too, trying to forget it) based on scripts or source material that had nothing to do with the McClane character originally? e Hard on a...' stuff always seemed like redundant lazy journalism whenever I heard this comment describing another action movie.ote] Normally yeah but there is a Die Hard movie out this week (although many will beg to differ) Total Film has a similar feature but their insistence on doing "50 films..." lists makes it virtually unreadable. More

Posted by rogerebert on Thursday February 14, 2013, 13:26

10 Die Hard on a...
Cliffhanger, Speed, and Under Siege are all brilliant action movies in their own right, and hardly clones of Die Hard. To be fair, the bit on Speed acknowledges this. Weren't Die Hard 2 and 3 (maybe 4 too, trying to forget it) based on scripts or source material that had nothing to do with the McClane character originally? The 'Die Hard on a...' stuff always seemed like redundant lazy journalism whenever I heard this comment describing another action movie. More

Posted by Normal Control on Thursday February 14, 2013, 12:08

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