6 episodes

Die Hard With a Podcast is a 9-part series examining the best American action film of all time: Die Hard. This podcast may center around Die Hard, but it also explores more than just what happened inside Nakatomi Tower that fateful Christmas Eve. This is a podcast for anyone out there with interest in the film – or even just action films, films from the 1980s, the evolution of the American movie hero, film production… Die Hard is at once a product of its time, and the start of a new kind of moviegoing experience.

Die Hard With a Podcast Die Hard With A Podcast

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8, 36 Ratings

Die Hard With a Podcast is a 9-part series examining the best American action film of all time: Die Hard. This podcast may center around Die Hard, but it also explores more than just what happened inside Nakatomi Tower that fateful Christmas Eve. This is a podcast for anyone out there with interest in the film – or even just action films, films from the 1980s, the evolution of the American movie hero, film production… Die Hard is at once a product of its time, and the start of a new kind of moviegoing experience.

    Episode 06 - It's a Christmas movie. So why do we care?

    Episode 06 - It's a Christmas movie. So why do we care?

    If you're going to talk Die Hard, you cannot avoid the meme/debate over whether or not it's a Christmas movie. We discuss why it is (and okay, a few reasons why not), but more importantly, why we care about the question in the first place. What does Christmas mean to us, and how do pop culture traditions factor in? Let us know what you think! Drop us a line at diehardwithapodcast@gmail.com, or visit our site at www.diehardwithapodcast.com

    • 53 min
    Episode 05 - Roderick Thorp's Nothing Lasts Forever

    Episode 05 - Roderick Thorp's Nothing Lasts Forever

    Almost a decade before there was Die Hard, there was the book. Roderick Thorp was a crime novelist who met success with 1966's The Detective, which first spawned a movie adaptation, and then a sequel: Nothing Lasts Forever. We discuss the life of Roderick Thorp, the origins of Nothing Lasts Forever, and how the movie aligns with – and deviates from – the book that inspired it. Let us know what you think! Drop us a line at diehardwithapodcast@gmail.com, or visit our site at www.diehardwithapodcast.co

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 04 - Holly Gennaro (and Holly McClane)

    Episode 04 - Holly Gennaro (and Holly McClane)

    Holly Gennaro McClane: portrayed in Die Hard by Bonnie Bedelia, John McClane's estranged wife reflects the conflicts and contradictions facing women at the time the film was made – and even still today. She's a working woman, a mother, and a wife. But there’s no consensus on whether she’s also a damsel in distress, or if she – like so many other conventions that Die Hard challenges – goes beyond your typical 80s action movie female lead.

    • 47 min
    Episode 03 - John McClane: Analyzing a Barefoot Hero

    Episode 03 - John McClane: Analyzing a Barefoot Hero

    To many, the secret ingredient to Die Hard's success was Bruce Willis and his portrayal of John McClane, an everyman police officer from New York, in the wrong place at the wrong time – without even shoes on his feet. We discuss what makes John McClane so special. How much of it is his character, how much of it is the influence of other legendary heroes, and how much of it is Willis bringing the role to life?  Drop us a line at diehardwithapodcast@gmail.com, or visit our site at www.diehardwithapodcast.c

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 02 - Breaking the 80s action movie mold

    Episode 02 - Breaking the 80s action movie mold

    Every film is both a product of its environment, and a rebellion against it. Artists (and audiences) search for something new and fresh, but cannot escape the world as it exists around them. Die Hard is no exception. While Die Hard is often marked as a turning point in American action cinema, we must first look at the state of action cinema as it existed before 1988. What does a “typical” 80s action movie look like? What artistic and societal pressures shaped that mold? And how does Die Hard break it?

    • 37 min
    Episode 01 - The Making of Die Hard

    Episode 01 - The Making of Die Hard

    For the first episode of Die Hard With a Podcast, we're taking a look at the making of Die Hard: from acquiring the rights to the story, crewing up the film, writing the script, casting its stars, and rolling at the Fox Plaza building in Los Angeles. Learn why Die Hard was expected to flop, why Bruce Willis's salary was controversial, and how they pulled off Hans's fall from the 30th floor. Drop us a line at diehardwithapodcast@gmail.com, or visit our site at www.diehardwithapodcast.com.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

mariojr ,

Why isn’t ZERO stars an option

The host incorrectly thinks Die Hard is a Christmas movie. The host clearly lacks all critical thinking skills. Read the absolute disgrace of an essay this moron wrote where they make their case that Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Here are the FACTS. Die Hard is a HEIST movie, out of the summer blockbuster action genre, that is SET during Christmas. It is NOT a Christmas movie. If you celebrate Christmas by watching this movie, that’s fine. It doesn’t make it a Christmas movie. The world doesn’t have to bend to your ignorance. You can just enjoy this movie during Christmas, that’s fine. Live Free or Die Hard takes place on July 4th weekend. That does not make it about the birth of the nation. It’s a cyber terror plot. July 4th is part of the setting. “Back to the Future takes place on November 5, 1955. That’s the day Susan B Anthony first voted. Back to the Future is a women’s suffrage movie.” You see what happens when you don’t know how to think critically? Die Hard is by far my favorite action movie. It’s just not a Christmas movie. And really, that’s okay.

JMO HMS ,

Dwayne really should have listened to Sgt. Powel

Two hours and 12 minutes of movie. Five hours and forty minutes of pod cast. Amazing.

JimmieJohn764 ,

Fun and well produced. Love the host

a great deep dive into one of my favorite all time movies

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