Die Hard (At Least Your Wallet Will)


The best part of the original Die Hard (1988) is not Bruce Willis as John McClane… not Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber… and not even the fact that it’s still, without a doubt, one of the best action films to date.

It’s seeing the price of gas in a shot (about 46:12 into the film) that pans up Nakatomi Plaza.

74 cents for regular and 77 cents for unleaded!

Holy shit!

At this point, I can’t even remember gas costing double that price!

Guess those days are never coming back, eh? :(

5 thoughts on “Die Hard (At Least Your Wallet Will)”

  1. Given that back in the good old days of 1982 I was bemoaning the fact that gas had climbed into the triple digits per gallon here in L.A. (and I filled up at the Arco station on Olympic where that sign existed), I’m thinking “Diehard” director John McTiernan might’ve artificially rolled back the prices for that shot.

  2. Hmm, I remember gas prices being around $1.27 for premium at the Shell by my house back in late 1994.

  3. http://www.mtc.ca.gov/datamart/stats/gasprice.htm

    is a Web site with a table of gas prices in the San Francisco, CA area from 1986 to present. According to the chart, $0.828 per gallon was the average sampled price, including regular, mid-, and premium grade gasoline in January 1987.

    The chart also shows that in January of 1986, the average price for a similar sample was $1.221 per gallon. Like Will, I remember the uproar when gas prices shot over $1 per gallon in the early ’80s, but I don’t remember gas prices dipping below $1 in the late ’80s, even though that’s probably when I did the most driving.

    Also, the average price for a similar sample in November 1994 was $1.341 per gallon. Assuming that MrHooks’ recall of $1.27 per gallon around that time is accurate, the prices in the shot are no longer so unfathomable.

    I’m really surprised. I was expecting to instead discover that someone in the art department had kids born in ’77 and ’74 or something like that.

  4. You guys have to remember either 1997 or 1998, when the gas suddenly got insanely cheap. I remember finding an ARCO where the unleaded was 89 cents a gallon. Most other places were around 99 cents. Wasn’t that long ago, yet as I fill up today at $2.39, it seems like decades ago.

  5. This made me laugh out loud–very amusing! How did Die Hard become topical again? Great post.

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