Die Hard 2

Die Hard 2 (1990)

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Audio problem: When McClane goes to Lorenzo's office for the first time, we hear Lorenzo say "who is it? Come in." His lips don't move (which you can tell despite his mug being up to his mouth).

Bishop73

Continuity mistake: When the lady sitting next to Holly pulls out her stun gun, her book is resting against her stomach. However, in the previous shot from a different angle, the book isn't seen.

Bishop73

Revealing mistake: McClane jumps out of the helicopter at the end and lands on the wing of the larger airplane. The stunt man who does this then proceeds to move up to a long wire on the side of the wing. Any normal airplane would not have a long wire on the wing.

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Visible crew/equipment: When we first go to the Annex Skywalk, the SWAT team are walking with the guy from the tower and he is talking on a radio. In the mirror behind them you can see the boom mike and operator as they walk.

Continuity mistake: When McClane lights the torches on the runway he is surrounded by rough snow, then the long shot shows a smooth runway in the snow, then when the plane crashes the pilots see the tarmac with no snow, then the outside shot of the plane crashing shows the runway covered with snow again.

Revealing mistake: When the army guy opens the door on the 747 to climb out onto the wing, the outside door handle does not move and looks painted on. When the second guy re-enters the plane and shuts the same door, there is no locking mechanism shown on the sides of the door; it simply pushes open.

Factual error: When McClane lights the fuel with the zippo, the flame trail is all wrong. There appears to be a thin strip of fuel which accelerates away from him. However, we have seen the Fuel spurted out in a wider less controlled manner from a wing tip that has to be at least fifteen feet up, in a wind, which would have sprayed it around further. There is no way it would light in the tight manner shown. (01:45:55)

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Suggested correction: The fuel would not light at all, so the tightness of its trail is really unable to be determined in this manner. Assuming jet fuel could light like that, it's possible that only the densest area would be able to catch, which would be the center of the trail... but again, Jet A is pretty hard to catch on fire.

Continuity mistake: Col. Stewart asks if the 747 is ready and says he wants ground personnel to inspect the plane. Maj. Grant intercedes and tells Stewart to check out his own plane so not to have potential hostages (which, of course was a ploy). When the hanger door is opened, you see ground personnel running back and forth between the door. They are noticeable by their orange vests. (01:33:45 - 01:35:40)

Audio problem: When General Esperanza is trying to land the plane there's a hell of a lot of noise from the wind blasting in through the shattered windscreen. Yet when we see McClane listening in to his radio communication he can be heard completely without a trace of wind noise.

Deliberate mistake: At the very end, John McClane lights the fuel trail which subsequently engulfs the plane. To do this, he tosses a lighter onto the trail which begins six inches from where he lies, having fallen from the wing while pulling the lock off the fuel dumper. Trouble is, the fuel began flooding out at the same time he fell, and the velocity would carry him some distance forward on the ground after he lands (which it visibly does); hence, it is physically impossible for him to be in the position he is in relation to the fuel. (01:50:05)

Plot hole: When McClane gets kicked out of the control tower and is sent down in the elevator with Coleman he quite obviously stops the elevator before saying "Here's a couple of words, F**k off." to Coleman. He then opens the top panel and climbs out WITHOUT restarting the elevator. Almost as soon as he has closed the panel again the elevator has reached the bottom and the cops are asking "Where's the other one?" As it is meant to be a single shot and there is no delay we know Coleman did not start the elevator again herself. (00:38:25)

Factual error: In the tower, Leslie Barnes and a few men are talking about the Annex Skywalk, mentioning that it is a "VHF System." Barnes says the planes are so close it won't matter. VHF, or Very High Frequency, transmits far distances, hence why it is used by airports around the world. He should have said "UHF", which transmits shorter distances, as that would make more sense.

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Continuity mistake: McClane's fireman's jacket gets progressively bloodier throughout the film, but around the time when he is fighting the terrorists on the planes wing, it is miraculously clean again. McClane is not wearing it, but it does get cleaner. (01:45:50)

Ssiscool Premium member

Continuity mistake: In the airport lobby, when the two policemen come at the bar they have "snow" all over their clothes. In the next shot they are shown from behind sitting at the bar and Lorenzo's brother has no snow on his jacket. Seconds after Mc Clane comes to talk to them and the cop has snow on his shoulders again.

Continuity mistake: When McClane grabs Marvin the janitor and pushes him against the lockers, McClane's thumb changes position on the gun, some shots it's on the hammer, other shots it's around the handle.

Bishop73

Audio problem: John is on the wing of the plane, questioning why he is there. His mouth isn't moving with what he is saying.

manthabeat Premium member

Factual error: There is no Glock 7, and Glocks are produced in Austria, not Germany.

Goekhan

Factual error: One scene has a shot of an aircraft, in flight, with a red light on the starboard (right) wing and a green light on the port (left) wing. Backwards.

Continuity mistake: When the general exits the plane with Colonel Stuart, nobody shuts the door. It is closed in the very next shot.

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Factual error: You cannot fire 'blanks' and 'live' ammunition from the same weapon without fitting a BFA (blank firing attachment). When a live round is fired, the bullet moving up the barrel seals the barrel. The exploding gas pushes in two directions. One - forcing the bullet out the end and two - pushing the working parts back. The working parts then move forward and pick up a new round. The BFA seals the top of the barrel, as a live round would do. If a live round is fired through a BFA you would be lucky not to blow the barrel.

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

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Trivia: The film is based on a book called "58 Minutes" by Walter Wager. In the book, it is the hero's young daughter, not his wife, that is on one of the planes.

Mark Bernhard
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Question: Just watched "Die Hard 2" for the ten-thousandth time. Finally occurred to me, WHY would a pilot use a burning plane crash as a landing light? "Oh, there's a burning plane crash down there! Must be a good place to land!" As far as I know, all air traffic is diverted to other airports when an aircraft crashes.

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: The trail of fire from McClane lighting the jet fuel creates a visual marker that the pilots can aim for. Not the best situation, however, considering that they're low on fuel and that one other plane has crashed that evening already, the pilots decided to settle for the less-than-ideal method of guiding their planes in.

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