Die Hard

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


Trivia: The teddy bear that Bruce Willis brings to his son is the same bear Alec Baldwin brings home to his daughter at the end of "The Hunt for Red October," which is another John McTiernan film.

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Trivia: Nakatomi Plaza, the setting of the film, is actually Fox Headquarters in Los Angeles.


Trivia: One cop says that John McClane (Bruce Willis) "could be a f***ing bartender for all we know". Prior to becoming a well-known actor, Willis was a bartender.


Trivia: Bruce Willis was only fifth choice for the role of John McClane. The others were, in order: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, and Richard Gere.


Trivia: The film was originally planned as a vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger and a sequel to Commando, but Arnie declined.


Trivia: When Bruce Willis (well, the stuntman) misses one of the vents in the elevator shaft, this was unintentional. John McTiernan left it in to give viewers a little scare.

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Trivia: For the shot where Hans Gruber falls from the top of the building, Alan Rickman was dropped by a stuntman from a 20-foot high model onto an air bag. To get the right reaction, the stunt man dropped Rickman on the count of two instead of three. Rickman said "That sounded like fun and so I decided to do it, I thought they were a bit surprised that I said I would and I was surrounded by people saying, 'You're mad, you're mad!' But no, it was fun. And it was the last shot, so if I'd broken my neck, they'd still have a movie."


Trivia: Bruce Willis ad-libbed his dialogue in the scene where John McClane is pulling the glass out of his feet.


Trivia: At the end, Karl emerges from the building and tries to kill McClane, only to be gunned down by Powell. The triumphant music which swells as Powell shoots him is from the "Aliens" score--it plays at the end of that movie when Bishop reappears in the dropship to save Ripley and Newt, after they think he's abandoned them.


Trivia: Die Hard and Die Hard 2 are based on books by separate authors, "Nothing Lasts Forever" by Roderick Thorp and "58 Minutes" by Walter Wager, which share none of the same characters. In both books, it is the hero's daughter that is in peril rather than his wife, and the hero is also more trusted by the authorities than McClane. (In "Nothing Lasts Forever," he tosses his wallet out the window so the police on the ground know he's a cop.).


Trivia: In the German version, all German terrorists received Anglicized names, and their background was altered as well. This was due to terrorist activities in Germany - the kidnapping of an airplane in Landshut (1977) and the activities of the Rote-Armee-Faktion ('Red Army Faction') in the Seventies; the German producers evidently felt uncomfortable about the idea of having German terrorists appear in foreign movies also.


Trivia: Bruce Willis lost two-thirds of his hearing in his left ear after firing a gun loaded with extra loud blanks from underneath a table in the scene before he throws the dead terrorist onto Al's car.


Trivia: Harry Ellis' line, "Hans, Bubby, I'm your white knight", was ad-libbed by Hart Bochner; Alan Rickman's confused reaction was real.


Trivia: The terrorists show up at Nakatomi Plaza in a truck marked "Pacific Courier" (except Karl and Theo, who arrive by car). This fictional company name also appears on the side of the plane the bus crashes into at the end of "Speed." Jan de Bont, who directed "Speed," was DP on "Die Hard."


Trivia: The scene where Alan Rickman and Bruce Willis meet atop the Nakatomi Tower was completely unrehearsed. This was done in order to create a greater feeling of spontaneity between the two men.


Trivia: All the terrorists are wearing the same make of watch, a fact that was cut from the movie. On leaving the truck at the start they synchronised them, and after killing some of the men, McClane noticed the matching watches. This is primarily what gave away "Bill Clay" as being a terrorist - McClane, already suspicious, noticed the brand of watch he was wearing. These references were cut because of a change to the script. The ambulance being used at the end was a late addition, however the synchronisation scene took place in the truck, where there was blatantly no ambulance (as noted in the mistake section). As such they cut that shot as short as possible, banking on audiences not registering the lack of ambulance, but the price was having to lose all reference to the watches.

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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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Question: Has Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard 3 and Live Free and Die Hard ever been spoofed? If so which ones and what is the film that spoofed it/them?

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Chosen answer: There was never 1 movie that spoofed Die Hard but they were spoofed in many movies. Here is the IMDB link where you can see all the movies they were spoofed in: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095016/movieconnections

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