It’s Christmas Eve and, while an office party is underway in Nakatomi Plaza, none of the guests nor out-of-town New York cop, John McClane, know that their night is about to change dramatically. As Michael Kamen’s score begins, combining both sleigh bells and Beethoven, a truck turns into the Nakatomi Plaza underground car park, and backs up to a loading bay. The rear door flies up and out walk a group of men, each carrying machine guns, led by the stylishly dressed and noticeably unarmed Hans Gruber.
On Christmas Eve, 1988, a group of terrorists led by Hans Gruber took the Nakatomi employees hostage during their Christmas party. Although the group of terrorists appeared to be motivated by freeing political prisoners, they were actually after $640 million in negotiable bearer bonds and other valuables stored in the company’s vault and were planning on killing the hostages in an explosion so they could escape unnoticed.
Hans Gruber and his team have Nakatomi Plaza secured, except for John McClane, who is proving to be the proverbial fly in the ointment. Outside the police squabble and appear impotent though patrolman Sergeant Al Powell makes radio contact with McClane who uses whatever diversionary tactics he can to defeat Gruber and his gang.
Eager to end the hostage situation as soon as possible, the LAPD decide to storm the building. Little do they know that their actions are being monitored by hacker and technical expert, Theo, who has taken a break from over-riding the locks on the building’s vault, to report on the police’s tactics as they move in.
Holly Gennero, formerly Holly McClane, is the ex-wife of John McClane. Gruber watches Thornberg’s news report and finally makes the connection: Holly Gennero is John McClane’s wife.
The policeman hero who rescued the Nakatomi hostages.