A Good Day to Die Hard

A Good Day to Die Hard is a 2013 American action thriller film and the fifth and final installment in the Die Hard film series. The film was directed by John Moore and written by Skip Woods, and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane in his final film in the franchise. The main plot finds McClane traveling to Russia to get his estranged son, Jack, an undercover CIA agent, out of prison. He is soon caught in the crossfire of a global terrorist plot. Alongside Willis, the film also stars Jai Courtney, Cole Hauser, Yulia Snigir and Sebastian Koch.

A Good Day to Die Hard
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Moore
Written bySkip Woods
Based onCharacters
by Roderick Thorp
Produced by
CinematographyJonathan Sela
Edited byDan Zimmerman
Music byMarco Beltrami
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • January 31, 2013 (2013-01-31) (Leicester Square)
  • February 14, 2013 (2013-02-14) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
  • English
  • Russian
Budget$92 million[1]
Box office$304.7 million[1]

Talks of a fifth Die Hard film began before the release of the fourth installment, Live Free or Die Hard, with Willis affirming that the latter would not be the last in the series, but pre-production did not start until September 2011, when John Moore was officially announced as the director. Filming began in April 2012, primarily in Budapest, Hungary.

A Good Day to Die Hard premiered in London on January 31, 2013, coinciding with the unveiling of a Die Hard mural at the Fox Lot,[2] and was released in the United States on February 13, 2013.[3] A Good Day to Die Hard was a box office success but received overwhelmingly negative reviews for its implausible action sequences, cinematography, direction, weak and clichéd script, running time, and lack of characterization, although the special effects and Willis' performance were praised. It is the first film produced by TSG Entertainment, since distributor 20th Century Fox's departure from Dune Entertainment upon the completion of their distribution contract at the end of 2012.

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