Die Hard 2

Die Hard 2 (1990)

56 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: Since the terrorists have implausibly taken over all the radios at the airport, the good guys use the marker beacons to communicate with the airplanes. Even if they could be modified to talk rather than beep, marker beacons (outer, middle and inner) are on the approach path of a runway, and only transmit to an aircraft as it passes overhead. The signal is only picked up by an aircraft's marker beacon receiver, if so equipped. There is not enough time to get a message. Nor could a marker beacon be used to broadcast to a large number of airplanes. The outer marker is only 5 miles from the airport. At most, one airplane would be holding over the outer marker. (01:04:45 - 01:06:10)

Correction: Marker beacons do not transmit on-demand when passed over. They are continuous. You are correct that an aircraft needs to be equipped to hear them, which most airlines were at that time period. You can have multiple aircraft "stacked" at an outer marker, separated 1,000ft vertically. As one shoots the approach, the rest are lowered in queue.

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Corrected entry: In the fight scene at the luggage machine McClane pulls a golf club from a golf bag. But a golf bag would never be sent as luggage without being wrapped tightly up. Otherwise the clubs could fall out or be damaged on the way. (00:13:55)

Jacob La Cour

Correction: I travel with a guy who does exactly this. He puts the rain hood on and nothing else, and sends it into the hold, so far without damage or incident. Hence it is not beyond the realms of possibility that McClane would find clubs in this state.

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Corrected entry: When Esperanza shoots the pilot of his plane the sound of the engine changes its pitch immediately. Why does it do that? It is not as if the pilot's foot slid off the accelerator when he died. (01:10:45)

Jacob La Cour

Correction: When the pilot was shot, he leaned forward on the control column, which would've started the plane into a dive. When Esperanza pulls him off the controls, the sound returns to normal, consistent with the plane leveling off again.

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Even so, the plane going into a dive shouldn't cause a change in engine speed (or by extension, tone). Wind noise would change, but what we hear is the engine spooling up to full power. That shouldn't happen.

Corrected entry: Colonel Stewart and his men arrive at the airport in a helicopter. So, where do they get the Army truck they drive around in?

Correction: Colonel Stewart did not arrive in a helicopter, Major Grant did.

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Corrected entry: Look at the people carefully when they run out of the airport. They don't seem to have any hurry or rush. You have to watch single people to see it. (01:38:20)

Correction: With the exception of elderly people, every person is running for their lives.

Knever
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Corrected entry: In the first shot of McClane on the snowmobile his breath can be seen in the air in front of his face. But he's driving so fast that that would be impossible. (01:30:50)

Jacob La Cour

Correction: It's not shown in front of his face, it's to right of his face, and he goes past it quite quickly. There's nothing impossible about it. I have a snowmobile myself and witness this just about every time I go out on it.

Knever
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Corrected entry: The interior of the plane which is deliberately crashed by the terrorists is of a BAC 1/11. I do not know any airline in the world which would choose to send a BAC 1/11 over the Atlantic from Europe due to it only being able to carry a limited number of passengers and short range capabilities.

Jordan Hare

Correction: It would be helpful to know what about the interior gives this plane away as a 1/11, as the exterior is a DC-8. Many early jets have similar or identical seating layouts and cabin appointments. I have not seen anything that obviously distinguishes this plane as a 1/11.

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Corrected entry: The last scene shows the bad guys in their plane ready to take off - driving down the runway. Then Bruce gets from the helicopter to the plane's wing, fights with each bad guy, falls off, and the plane begins to take off - again. At no time did the plane turn to circle to another runway. It seems this runway was about 2 to 3 times as long as it should have been.

Jack's Revenge

Correction: Have a closer look. As the 747 begins its takeoff run, it can be seen just completing a right-hand turn onto the runway.

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Corrected entry: When McClane says 'damn it, I hate it when I'm right' during the crawl through the ventilation duct, it is clear that this line has been dubbed. (00:44:15)

Daz

Correction: This is most likely a network TV alteration, rather than a mistake. Most US networks either edit out or re-dub scenes with expletive language to make them more family-friendly.

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Corrected entry: It is not possible that a Heckler & Koch MP5 repeats with blank rounds as seen during the fight at the church. An automatic weapon, such as an MP5, repeats with gas pressure, which only is strong enough when a bullet is in the barrel.

Correction: There are different types of blanks, that do allow for the firearm to operate. The 5-in-1 style of blank, designed to cycle through firearm actions and fit a variety of firearm chambers, is also commonly used in real firearms for dramatic effect.

pross79
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Corrected entry: In the beginning when the terrorists enter the baggage area they go in, in civilian attire with nary a blink from anyone. 1st off, I don't care how lax security is, someone would have noticed. In fact, when McClane approaches the door, a ramp worker is right beside it. Was he asleep a minute ago? 2nd, they seemed to open the door with no problem but when Bruce Willis tries, the door is locked. 3rd, why is there not a soul in the baggage area beside 3 men shooting guns?

Correction: Incorrect on most fronts. The door is in a quiet corner of the airport, it's quite possible that they would have gone unnoticed. When McClane approaches the door, a ramp worker is seen but he is busy with something and has his back to the door, so he would not have noticed the terrorists. Secondly, Cochrane uses a key to get in to the baggage area, so that would explain why it was locked afterwards. The third point is probably valid though, I would suggest re-submitting it on its own.

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Corrected entry: When Willis is trapped in the plane by the terrorists he escapes by using the ejector seat - however the plane is a C-132 (at least the body of a C-123, with studio-designed wings) and these planes don't have ejector seats.

Correction: If it has studio designed wings, why can't it have studio designed ejector seats? It's a fictional aircraft, it just looks a bit like a C-123.

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Corrected entry: At the beginning of the fight scene on the 747 wing, the door swings opens as if on simple hinges like a screen door. Boeing uses plug doors, a design where the entire door has to move inwards several inches before moving outwards.

Correction: They actually used a real 747 when filming. I doubt they would waste their time to modifey the aircraft door to open incorrectly. It's more likely we don't see the enter door opening procedure and therefore it only looks like they just push the door out. (FYI. all doors on all pressurised aircraft must first open inwards. They are designed this way so cabin pressure will help seat the doors against the door seals and door franme, rather than risk cabin pressure blowing the door off.).

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Corrected entry: Bruce Willis takes two torches out on the runway to try and save the plane that the terrorists are crashing on purpose. He is waving his arms back and forth in a fanning motion. When Dennis Franz and Fred Thompson see him from the tower, the orange lights that are supposed to be Willis are simply flashing on and off.

Correction: The lights look like they are only flashing on and off because Willis is so far away from the camera that his beacons are only visible when they cross above his head. He is, however, still waving them back and forth exactly as he was in the closer shot.

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Corrected entry: Someone says the planes only have an hour. They could get to New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Hartford, and maybe even Pittsburgh, Buffalo or Toronto - to name a few places.

Correction: One possible explanation for the fact that nothing got rerouted is because of the two storms. One storm already knocked out at least one airport, it is possible that between the two storms the other airports were shut down or at least operating at reduced capacity.

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Corrected entry: When the terrorists are about to take off, McClane, before falling off the wing, releases a fuel valve, yet Stuart does not notice. However, the General flying the plane does not notice either. Since the stream of fuel is considerably strong, wouldn't there be a warning indicator in the cockpit?

Correction: Not necessarily. It's not reasonable to assume that there would be sensors throughout the entire fuel system to detect leaks. Fuel levels are monitored by the guages, which would obviously indicate higher than normal fuel flow. However, when you consider how many thousands of gallons of fuel a 747 carries, an awful lot of fuel would have to leak out before the loss would be noticeable. For reference, an Air Transat Airbus developed a fuel leak at cruising altitude due to an improperly installed engine part (24 August 2001), but the crew was only alerted to the problem when the engines began to fail due to fuel starvation.

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Corrected entry: Throughout the film the exceptionally poor visibility is repeatedly refered to. In the scene where McClane is trying to prevent the aircraft crashing by waving flaming torches in the air the Controller can recognise him from the Control Tower through a small set of binoculars despite the facts that 1) it is dark, 2) it is snowing, 3) they have only met once before and 4) McClane is wearing a borrowed Airport coat. Even from the end of the runway where McClane is standing at its closest point to the Tower this would be impossible.

Correction: Ok. The make-shift torches light up John as he is waving the torches about. You can see two small "lights" from the tower point of view. The guy uses a pair of binoculars to look at these small lights and makes it out to be John. There is poor visibility for planes to see the runways if they try to land. This is becuase the planes are a few thousand feet up in the air and it would be impossible for them to line up their approaches let alone land on a runway. At the end of the movie we see how is it possible to land the planes, they just needed a guide to where the runways were.

XIII
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Corrected entry: when John, the airport police captain and his brother are in the car about to go to the hanger the car pulls out and hits the cab there is an external shot of the crash you see that the wind screen shatters but when the camera goes to the bonnet the wind screen is still intact.

Correction: It's not the windscreen shattering, it's snow from the roof of the car being shot forward onto the bonnet due to the crash impact.

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Corrected entry: Bruce calls his wife and finds out that she should be landing soon. We then see the journalist from the first film making a huge fuss about being moved from first class, where he has been sitting for the entire journey. He hadn't been in Holly's compartment before due to his reaction when he first sees her. Why did they only just move him when the plane was about to land? He was sitting in first class the whole journey with no problem. Surely ten more minutes wouldn't hurt?

Correction: Holly IS in the first class, the left and the right rows have only 2 passanger seats, the middle one has 3. When the journalist goes to his assistant in the other compartment to ask him about the radio, it is clear that the side rows there have 3 seats and the middle one has 4.

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Correction: Actually I believe that the section that Holly is in is business class, which can be similarly equipped, seat wise, to first class. Thornburg was moved from first class to this section.

Corrected entry: John Amos plays an Army Major, and says that he taught William Sadler's Colonel Stuart "everything he knows." Well, this doesn't make any sense, especially if they are both from Special Forces units. Unless Stuart went through SF selection late in his career, he would not be getting instructed by someone two grades below him.

Correction: Colonel Stuart doesn't have to go through SF selection later in his career, he simply could have been promoted later on. Instructors don't advance in ranks very fast.

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Factual error: When McClane is trapped in the cockpit of Esperanza's plane, and the terrorists throw grenades in, it sure takes them a long time to explode. At least a good 20 seconds passes before he ejects from the plane and the grenades go off. Normal grenades would have gone off long before 20 seconds.

poehitman
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Gen. Esperanza: Freedom.
[John McClane appears and punches him in the face.]
John McClane: Not yet.

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Trivia: Producers of the movie were concerned that actual terrorists could use the information in the film to disrupt airport/airplane communications in real life. Most of the "sensitive" information in the film is not only wrong, it is purposely misleading to prevent terrorists from attempting what we see in the movie.

Mark Bernhard
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Question: Why was McClane introduced in the first Die Hard movie as a New York badge, and in the second Die Hard movie as a L.A. badge? Then in the third Die Hard movie, he's again a New York cop.

Answer: In the first movie he's a New York cop visiting his wife. In the second Die Hard, he tells the airport officer that he's LAPD and moved there because of his wife's job. In the third Die Hard film, he most likely went back to New York because of marital problems and became a New York cop again.

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