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Bruce Willis has completed his film career: 13 of his best films

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The star of “Hard Nut”, 67-year-old Bruce Willis is ending his film career due to diagnosed aphasia – a speech disorder. We remember the brightest films with the participation of the actor

Bruce Willis began his career in the 1980s, first known as the comedy-detective series “Moonlight Detective Agency”, and worldwide fame – the action movie “Hard Nut”, which later became a long-term franchise (the last film in the series was released in 2013 , the action took place in Moscow). Although his career peaked in the 1990s with an abundance of B-category films, he was not only in action movies: his comedic talent was revealed in The Hudson Hawk and Death to Her Face; French director Luc Besson took him to save the world in his fantasy film The Fifth Element; Quentin Tarantino tried on Willis’s tragic role as a hostage boxer in Criminal Readings; M. Knight Shyamalan turned the actor into a dramatic character in the movie “Sixth Sense”. For the past ten years, Willis has starred mostly in low-budget action movies due to speech problems, most recently in Wes Anderson’s Kingdom of the Full Moon, Robert Schwentke’s comedy RED; “Glass” by M. Knight Shyamalan, “Orphan Brooklyn” by Edward Norton. Eight projects remained unfinished.

“Strong nut”

Released in 1988, a militant about a policeman who has to save an entire skyscraper has become a ticket to Willis’s world-famous arena. Through the efforts of director John McTiernan, the budding actor, who for many years was unlucky with projects (before the series “Detective Agency” Moonlight “, he appeared in cameo roles and played extras), became a national hero.

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Hudson Hawk

The 1991 comedy about Frank Sinatra, a safe hacker and songwriter, failed miserably in the United States, grossing just $ 17 million and earning three Golden Raspberries, including the lead for worst film. But abroad, the film was received much warmer: it raised $ 80 million and is still considered by connoisseurs of Bruce Willis one of his most fascinating works.

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A scene from the movie “Hudson Hawk”

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“Death to her face”

Robert Zemekis’ 1992 satirical comedy “Back to the Future” brought together three great artists – Willis, Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn. It was a technologically complex film that produced an unprecedented level of computer special effects combined with animatronics. Now these difficulties look naive, but the black humor of the picture is not outdated.

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“12 monkeys”

Terry Gilliam’s science fiction film, which grew out of Chris Marker’s 1962 short film, became a hit with critics and viewers alike. According to the plot, the deadly virus destroyed in 1996 almost all humanity, the survivors are hiding underground. Bruce Willis plays prisoner James Cole, who is being sent back to 1996 in 2035 to help find the first strain of the virus to develop a drug. However, Cole arrives in the 90’s and ends up in a mental institution, where he meets the mentally ill Jeffrey Goyns, who will play not the least role in his fate.

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“Criminal reading”

Quentin Tarantino has written many reviews, critical articles and even film studies about this film, so let’s omit the arguments about its significance for world cinema. Bruce Willis appears in the confusing plot of “Reading” unexpectedly, in the image of an aging boxer who tries to get out of business and finds himself entangled in a series of absurd events, from which only an absurd coincidence will help him escape alive and unharmed.

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A scene from the movie “Criminal Readings”

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“Fifth element”

In the distant technological future, the metropolis with flying cars, reminiscent of the city of “Metropolis” Fritz Lang, lives taxi driver Corben Dallas, working for the corporation of businessman Zorg, which produces everything from toothpicks to advanced deadly weapons. One day, a red-haired girl named Lilu, speaking in an unknown language, falls from the sky to Dallas in a taxi, and the hero begins to have troubles on a universal scale. “The Fifth Element” is a striking example of quality adventure fiction, which in the year of its release was a huge box office success ($ 263 million) and earned BAFTA and “Cesar” awards.

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“Armageddon”

Michael Bay’s film about a group of oil producers landing on an asteroid flying to Earth to drill a hole in it, load a nuclear bomb, detonate it and thus save humanity from destruction. Armageddon cannot be called an outstanding work of art in terms of contribution to art, but it has definitely become a favorite of the public: bright characters, Bruce Willis as a strict but fair daddy-hero, tear-jerking drama, wild Russian astronaut at Mir station and the final – the components of success.

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“Sixth Sense”

Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe is trying to keep the marriage from falling apart: his wife no longer pays attention to him. At work, he has to communicate with a little boy who sees dead people in reality. With the help of his patient, Malcolm finally finds out the truth and finds out why his wife changed her attitude and why the world has become so empty and sad. M. Knight Shyamalan’s film was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Original Screenplay.

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“Nine yards”

A 2000 crime comedy about a dentist who travels to Chicago to inform the mob boss about the whereabouts of his new neighbor, who turned out to be a killer on the run. Jimmy Tudeski’s assassin is played by Bruce Willis, and a confusing plot is built around his personality and past – with adultery, killers hiding under the guise of friends, as well as gangsters and unlucky detectives.

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Sin City

In this neo-noir crime anthology based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name, Bruce Willis landed the role of aging detective John Hartigan in This Yellow Bastard. He tries to stop a serial child killer from killing eleven-year-old Nancy Callahan until his sick heart stops.

Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Elijah Wood, Rosario Dawson and others co-starred with Willis. “Sin City” received positive reviews from critics and was successful in the rental. The premiere took place at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005, the film won the technical prize for visual design.

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“Slevin’s Lucky Number”

The soloist in this crime thriller is not Bruce Willis: much more screen time is given to Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley. Willis’s task is to play the role of a noble killer with a confident grin, which he copes with perfectly (sometimes it seems that Willis was like that in a past life – this image looks so organic). According to the plot, the simpleton Slevin becomes a bargaining chip in the hands of warring criminal bosses and with the help of his secret friend avenges his dead parents. Paul McGuigan’s film has been accused of trying to emulate Criminal Readings, but Slevin’s Happy Number has only gotten better over the years.

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A scene from the movie “Slevin’s Lucky Number”

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“Kingdom of the full moon”

A drama about growing up by Wes Anderson, written by Roman Coppola, which Willis’s presence only made better. The director gave him the role of police captain of the fictional island of New Penzance, whose task is to organize a search for teenagers who escaped from the children’s camp. The film was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, received critical acclaim, Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, and in 2016 was included in the list of the greatest films of the XXI century, according to the BBC.

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Orphan Brooklyn

Directed by actor Edward Norton (“Fight Club”), in which Bruce Willis was given the first 15 minutes of “air”. Here he appears as the head of a detective agency, trying to turn the deal with gangsters, but dying from their bullets. Norton literally celebrates the Star of the Hard Nut, his legacy in shaping the image of a police officer, an honest investigator, a lone hero, calm and indestructible even in the face of imminent death.

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Bruce Willis left the movies due to illness.

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