Die Hard

Die Hard (1988)

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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: 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: Towards the beginning of the movie, Bruce Willis notifies the cop outside that there are 12 terrorists. However, if you tally the numbers as he takes out each one, you wind up with 13.

Correction: When does he say 12? He says "unknown number of terrorists...at least 6." Later he says " They're down to nine now, counting the skydiver you meet."

Bishop73

Correction: John only sees twelve of the terrorists. The 13th is the Computer Expert, Theo.

As a point of fact, John sees Theo in the scene where Takagi is killed. Karl and Theo are both in the room during that scene.

BaconIsMyBFF

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.

But it would've given John more time to plan what to do next. Or give him time to address the situation.

Corrected entry: The black police officer keeps giving information about the police activities to McClane over the same frequency that he knows the terrorists are using. I also doubt he would be allowed to just use the police radio for chit-chat in such a situation.

Correction: The officer could argue McClane is someone 'on the inside' - i.e. someone who knows the situation well and can be trusted. As for the frequency, the radio may be designed to transmit on several frequencies - the frequency that the Police use will almost certainly be one (in case of emergencies).

Andy Benham Premium member

Visible crew/equipment: In the first scene of the Christmas party when Takagi steps out of one the offices and greets a couple of his guests, the camera pans left to show the orchestra and other guests. A huge shadow of the camera and its operator is being shown on the back wall, then the stage light gets moved to light a different area and the shadow is gone. (00:02:20)

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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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Question: On the some versions (TV), when Al walks in the lobby to check it out, right before he gets to the elevators and then leaves, the camera pans to the left and you see a terrorist with a machine gun waiting for him. On other versions (VHS) you don't see this terrorist. Why? NOTE: I've seen both on the same TV set.

Answer: The most likely reason is that the two versions have been "panned and scanned" differently. In the original theater version, both things are on screen at the same time at opposite sides of the screen. In one version, the person who did the TV P&S (not someone associated with the making of the film) chose to move the view from one side of the original picture to the other, showing the terrorist, while the person who did the VHS P&S stayed focused on one side of the frame, only showing Al.

Myridon

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