Die Hard

Corrected entry: It's been pointed out that McClane's shirt changes from white to green after he emerges from the vents; this is certainly a "cheat" by the wardrobe department to make him appear grimy and battle-worn. But notice, also, that toward the end of the film, the shirt switches back to white.

rbryant73

Correction: Towards the end of the film he's not wearing a shirt at all.

tw_stuart

Corrected entry: After the FBI shut down all the power to the grid that the building is located in, there is a scene of the news van rushing to the home of Holly and in the background you see the building and lights are on all around it.

MCKD

Correction: It's not possible to know if we are even seeing the same building that has just lost power.

tw_stuart

Corrected entry: When Argyle is in the limo in the basement, he's sitting in the back on the left hand side. Then he jumps to the front seat to listen to the CB radio, after which he looks at the huge teddy bear in the mirror and says something like "What are you looking at". The bear meanwhile has himself moved over to where Argyle had been sitting!

Correction: In between these two events, Argyle has been driving the limo around the car park desperately looking for a way out. We see a couple of shots where he's cornering fast so of course the bear will move.

tw_stuart

Corrected entry: After Bruce Willis has thrown the terrorist on Al's car, plenty of backup arrives. An ambulance member starts to tend to the cut on the cop's head. If you look closely, he tries to put a pad on the 'blood' on the cop's head, but when he takes it off, there is no blood on the pad.

Correction: The mistake is wrong. The ambulance guy applies the pad once then looks at it then applies it a second time. We never see the side of the pad that is applied to Al's head so we don't know if there is blood on it or not.

tw_stuart

Corrected entry: I can't understand why it takes ages for the police to find out that there really are a certain amount of hostages, who were having a Christmas party? There must be hundreds of relatives and friends who would have called the police, some of them even come in person to the scene and confirm McClane's information as correct after the newsbreak.

S.Holmes

Correction: Not much time passes between the partygoers being taken hostage and the police finding out. Certainly not enough time for anyone to have decide that their loved one should be home by now and called the police. It was a party after all, and people sometimes come home late from parties.

tw_stuart

Corrected entry: In the begining of the film when John is in the limo, there's a teddy bear next to him in the back seat that has a red bow around his neck, however, in next scene, the bow is gone, and the next it magically appears.

Correction: We only see the bear in the back seat one time and the red bow is present. More importantly, McClane sits up front, to the surprise of the driver.

tw_stuart

Corrected entry: The whole premise of the movie is to rob a very large vault of securities in the form of bearer bonds. The vault rightly takes hours to breach and the last safety feature requires a cut in power. This is patently impossible to accomplish in the short time they had. Firstly, that super-sophisticated vault would have a state-of-art power back-up system that would take hours itself to be disabled. It is likely that the disabling of THAT system would lock down the vault and seal it for days or weeks. Secondly, shutting down the main power would almost certainly lock down the vault. I actually install the back-up systems and know that any odd power surges or especially power losses alert the security systems to prepare a lock down.

Correction: Just because some vaults are set up in this way, it doesn't follow that they all are. Gruber researched his target in enormous detail prior to committing the robbery - it's clear from what happens in the film that none of these features are in place. Maybe, for improved security, they should have been, but the fact that they weren't in no way qualifies as a movie mistake.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: At one point McClane interrupts Hans on the walkie talkie while Hans has his transmit key down and Hans can hear what McClane is saying. You cannot hear anyone on a walkie talkie while your transmit key is pressed.

Correction: In the film, they are using CB radios, not normal walkie talkies. CB radios do in fact support duplex communication and therefore this mistake is incorrect.

Corrected entry: How does his shirt change from white to dark green as the movie goes on? The colour is too uniform to be just from dirt or blood.

Correction: The reason his shirt changes colour is because of the grime he picks up when he is crawling in the vent system - the space is so confined that nearly every part of his vest is touching a bit of the ventilation tube. Also notice how John himself has picked up grime from the vents, look at his face, arms, and elbows.

Corrected entry: After killing the first terrorist, John tries on his shoes and finds that they are too small. Why after killing the others does he not try on their shoes as well?

Correction: When he kills the other terrorists he doesn't have time to try on their shoes: when he kills Heinrich and Marco he is trying to get Al's attention; when he kills Karl's two buddies (kneecapping one of them) he is being shot at; when he 'kills' Karl he has to stop the hostages being blown up; when he kills the Chinese guy he is again trying to save the hostages; and after he kills Hans and his buddy at the end there isn't much point.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, when Karl attempts to kill McClane, (the fact he survived the explosion at the top also being slightly odd) he has the rifle he was using earlier. Didn't he lose it during the fight?

Correction: It was knocked to the ground only a few metres from where he was hanged. Not too difficult to find.

Corrected entry: When McClane is in the bathroom removing glass splinters from his bare feet, he is carrying on a conversation with Al via the walkie talkie. Although Al appears to press the transmit button each time he speaks, McClane carries on his conversation without even having his hands on the walkie-talkie as he is using both of his hands to remove the splinters. Do these walkie-talkies have a "hands-free" mode?

Correction: It looks as though McClane pushes a switch on the side that turns on a "hands free mode", just before he places the CB on the counter.

Sean M

Corrected entry: After being shot at by the terrorists through the window, Al puts the car in reverse and swerves around for safety. There is one shot where it shows the car backing through a wooden fence, but the next shot is of the car crashing into a steel gate.

Correction: After pausing the film to check it out, the gate he crashes into is NOT wooden. It's at an odd angle, and the light is making the red paint pretty bright, so it gives the impression that it's not wooden. However, you can see through the fence at a wooden pole and the walls beyond the gate with a reddish tinge.

Corrected entry: There is a scene, after the building is taken, where Hans gathers the hostages and asks which one of them is Tagaki. The would-be heist is obviously well-planned, well-financed, and well-scouted. He has no idea (through photos or surviellance) of what Tagaki looks like? Seems unlikely.

Correction: Hans is playing a mind game (and probably also trying to get a 'feel' for the people in the room). He knows who Takagi is; he finishes his little speech right in front of him and is looking at him when he does so. He just wants to impress upon the witnesses that he knows a LOT about Takagi, and potentially them if they get in his way. He also is trying to find the weak links in the group - who's willing to sell out the boss.

Kaite13

Corrected entry: When the terrorist breaks into the candy rack, he reaches his hand into a box marked Nestle and later he is eating a Hershey bar. Then in the next shot he is eating a different type of candy bar.

Correction: He was eating a Nestle Crunch bar the whole time.

Corrected entry: Shortly after the terrorist shoots at the police car, you see Al with a wound in the forehead. In the next shot, the wound is gone - there isn't even a scar.

Correction: Another policeman asks Al if that is his blood, and he responds no. Hence, no need for a wound or scar.

Corrected entry: When 'Argyle' crashes the limo through the gate at the end of the movie, we see sparks from the shattered battery, yet they drive off without any problems.

Correction: This is not true, car batteries do NOT need to be present for cars to run. Granted, after a short time without any current going to the distributor, the car would stall, but it can be run for short periods without the battery. Remember the primary purpose of a car battery is to provide current for STARTING the car.

Corrected entry: McClane uses the terrorist's radio to talk to the police. It's very unlikely that they would all be using radios that could transmit on the same frequencies.

Correction: Perhaps the terrorists were using Citizen's Band (CB) Radio. Recall that Bruce Willis announced on the radio to any police monitoring CB channel 9. In America, that channel is monitored by police for private citizens reporting emergencies. For that matter, the stupid woman on the other end threatens him if he does not stop transmitting: that is what the channel is for - reporting emergencies!

Corrected entry: Towards the beginning of the film, John enters Nakatomi Plaza and finds Holly's name on the computer so the guard can tell him where she's located in the building. After John does this, the guard tells him that she's on the 30th floor and that there's no one else left in the building. Now, why couldn't he have just told him that the party was on the 30th floor and saved him the trouble of playing with the computer?

Correction: This is a list of people who are currently checked into the building, so obviously the guard is having him check if Holly is actually there at all, not to see where she is.

Corrected entry: It seems to me that alerting the enemy to his presence with the "ho ho ho" stunt was a pretty stupid thing to do and not what a trained officer would do. Without this, the terrorists may have believed that the new fire alarm system had malfunctioned but this made it clear that he was there.

Correction: Even if they did think that initially, when the terrorist didn't return, suspicions would have been raised.

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Continuity mistake: When the terrorists launch the rocket at the RV, they break the same window of the building twice. (01:11:55)

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John McClane: A hundred million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister.

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Trivia: During filming, Alan Rickman was found proficient at mimicking American accents; the scene in which McClane and Hans Gruber meet was then inserted.

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