Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Where the fuck?

TMT loves Die Hard, and recently purchased a collectors edition of the trilogy, Die Hard, Die Harder, and Die Hard With a Vengeance (we had already bought the newest, Live Free or Die Hard). We can say confidently that the films can be broken down into two categories: The Good (Die Hard, Die Hard With a Vengeance) and the Bad/Ugly (Die Harder, Live Free...). They all have John McClane (Willis) on four of his presumably countless bad days. In all four, he will end up bloodied.

The difference: Director, John McTiernan, and the f-bomb. McTiernan directed only two of the four and had the wherewithal to let the cursing fly.

From Die Hard

[McClane tries to call up police]
Supervisor: Attention, whoever you are. This channel is reserved for emergency calls only...
John McClane: No fucking shit, lady. Do I sound like I'm ordering a pizza?

From Die Hard With a Vengeance
[McClane and Zeus are arguing over how to solve the problem]
John McClane: You can't do it that way you dumb, motherfucking...!
Zeus: Say it! Say it!
John McClane: Say what?
Zeus: You were going to call me a nigger, weren't you?
John McClane: No I wasn't!
Zeus: Yes you were! What were you gonna call me?
John McClane: Asshole! How's that, asshole!

The latest in the series, Live Free..., was released with a PG13 rating and language suitable for children. It grossed the most of the entire franchise which is probably what a "franchise" wants.

But John McClane, the one in our hearts, says fuck a fucking lot. His best line, "Yippie-kay-yay, motherfucker" is what it is because of the motherfucker and don't you forget it.


  1. Not Die Hard related, but did you ever see Inside Actors Studio with Matt Damon. His explaination of why "fuck" is his favorite word is brilliant...