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All The Differences Between DIE HARD And The Book It’s Based On

Have I ever mentioned that I love almost every single thing Cinefix does? Oh, I haven’t? Well, I guess I should get around to doing so someday soon. Continuing their trend of making content I’m somehow inexplicably addicted to, comes the latest video in their “What’s the Difference” series that compares movies to the books their based on. Since it’s the holidays, Cinefix went and gave us all an early gift by tackling the best darn Christmas movie of all time: Die Hard.

By now, it’s no surprise when Die Hard content shows up around the holidays. In fact, it’s so prevalent that we don’t need to get into the same old debate where people say “No! I think [BLANK] is the best Christmas movie” because it’s been a moot argument since Die Hard was released in the summer of 1988. What may surprise some amateur McClane-iacs out there is that the film was based on a novel by Roderick Thorpe called Nothing Lasts Forever. The folks over at Cinefix combed over the movie and the book that inspired it to point out all the differences they could find. The most notable being character names, their motivations, and their relation to the hero.

Die Hard tells the story of Detective John McClane heading west to visit his estranged wife at her high rise workplace. Terrorists run amok, barefoot McClane stops them. Explosions, gunfire, and a smorgasbord of swearing along the way. Main terrorist falls to his death after wristwatch is unfastened from Holly’s wrist.

Nothing Lasts Forever tells the story of Detective Joe Leland heading west to visit his daughter at her high rise workplace. Terrorists run amok, barefoot Leland stops them. Explosions, gunfire, and a smorgasbord of swearing along the way. Main terrorist and Leland’s daughter fall to their deaths after wristwatch isn’t unfastened.

Cinefix does such a great job at these videos and, if you were so inclined to check out more, I recommend their “What’s the Difference” videos on the Harry Potter series.

Did they miss any differences in Die Hard? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

Image: 20th Century Fox

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