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Desc:Roger Ebert gives it a 'thumbs down', finds LAPD's actions in film idiotic.
Category:Classic TV Clips, Classic Movies
Tags:Siskel, Ebert, die hard, Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel
Submitted:sasazuka
Date:02/17/13
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Bort - 2013-02-17
I have to agree with Ebert, it's one thing for all the non-Willis characters to be slow on the uptake, but it's another for them all to be too dumb to live.

Guess that part is a cultural relic of the 80s, where government was the problem, and that includes policemen, unless it's Bruce Willis because he's not following anyone's orders.
Quad9Damage - 2013-02-17
One thing Ebert seems to overlook here is Reginald VelJohnson being the only one on the ground with any common sense, though I suppose that could support Ebert's argument as well. The cops are all about following procedures, flipping through the terrorist playbook, "I'll have your badge!" etc. while Winslow understands that everything they do is exactly what Alan Rickman wants.

EvilHomer - 2013-02-17
Government's always a problem in decades when a Republican is in the White House.

Quad9Damage - 2013-02-17
Deputy Chief Dickhead was the worst, most cliched part of the movie if you don't count the obligatory scene where the FBI shows up and says "This is OUR crime scene now!"

Still though, "Die Hard" has a kind of charm that the shitty 4th movie completely dropped. And silly/saccharine as it is, I like John McClane/Carl Winslow's over-the-radio bromance.
EvilHomer - 2013-02-17
Preach it, brother Ebert! I, too, am shocked and outraged by the disrespectful manner in which the writers chose to portray the LAPD! The LAPD is a fine, hard working police force, and would NEVER act so dumb and incompetent IN REAL LIFE!

No, in real life, they'd probably just wait for the building to blow up, then find some black kids to frame so they could knock off home in time for supper. SHAME ON YOU, DIEHARD SCRIPTWRITERS!
Anaxagoras - 2013-02-17
Yes, his problem was that the LAPD was disrespected, rather than a basic issue of believability.

You didn't actually watch the clip, did you?

EvilHomer - 2013-02-17
I addressed his believability gripe in sentence three. And the basic problem is that he's Ebert.

FABIO - 2013-02-17
I could never understand anyone taking Ebert seriosly
memedumpster - 2013-02-17
Any review which does not endorse the complete adoration and perfection of Die Hard as the true American Christmas movie is worthless.
Nikon - 2013-02-18
It's the TRUE and HONEST Christmas movie.
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