PREDATOR
1987, 20th Century Fox, 107 min, USA, Dir: John McTiernan

ALIEN meets RAMBO when an elite military squad heads into the jungle, only to be confronted by an unstoppable extraterrestrial killer. Director John McTiernan shows signs of the expert action technique he would later refine in DIE HARD, while Arnold Schwarzenegger provides rooting interest as the tough-as-nails hero. With special effects from the great Stan Winston.


LAST ACTION HERO
1993, Sony Repertory, 130 min, USA, Dir: John McTiernan

In this wonderfully fun action romp from director John McTiernan (DIE HARD), young Danny (Austin O’Brien) receives a magic ticket to see the latest film starring his favorite action star Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger), which literally transports him into the movie’s explosive world alongside the larger-and-more-ripped-than-life screen icon. But Slater’s universe where good guys always win is turned upside down when his movie opponent, Benedict the Hitman (Charles Dance), steals Danny’s magic ticket and sneaks his way off the screen and into the real world to cause mayhem.


DIE HARD
1988, 20th Century Fox, 131 min, Dir: John McTiernan

Bruce Willis plays wisecracking cop John McClane, an endearing Everyman who becomes an unlikely hero when a group of professional thieves takes his wife’s office building hostage at Christmastime. One of the most purely entertaining movies ever made, this fast, funny and visually elegant thriller set the template for the Hollywood action flicks that followed it and made Willis a movie star.


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