Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Corrected entry: When John ambushes the two men in the truck in the tunnel, only three shots are heard, yet there are nine bullet holes in the door. (01:15:30)


Correction: On my DVD copy, I hear 9 shots which is followed by the sound of empty gun clip.


Corrected entry: When McClane and Zeus jump into the water as the ship explodes, the underwater shots show two white men, not one white and one black.

Correction: That's quite a bit of a stretch to say both men are distinguishable to be 'white'. The scene is quite dark and contains flashes from the explosion. In fact for a moment or two, both men appear to be 'dark'. We'll have to put this down to color and contrast of the scene.


Corrected entry: As John and Zeus are running to the park for the second bomb they are talking about the incident from the first film, John says that he threw Simon's "little" brother out of a window, yet when John was talking to the FBI agents they did not mention whether Simon was older or younger then Hans.


Correction: And who says that he is or is not. John was just making an assumption, probably based on his perception of the older brother being protective of the younger. The ages were not relevant, and we don't know anyway, so it can't be a mistake.


Corrected entry: The explosive the bad guys have chosen is not easily 'booby-trapped'. The two chemicals have to be mixed to produce an explosive. The fact that no one, including McClane, (who knows this) thinks to just clip one of the hoses and prevent the chemicals from mixing seems a little far-fetched.

Correction: The bombs also had dummy mechanisms to foil anyone tampering with them, no-one was prepared to step in and clamp a hose on the off chance that it might trigger a secondary explosive.


Corrected entry: In the park, McClane and Zeus are challenged to fill one 5-gallon jug with only 4 gallons of water, using it and a 3-gallon jug. When they solve the problem, they put the 5-gallon jug with, supposedly, 4 gallons of water in it on the scale to deactivate the bomb; however, the 5-gallon jug, on the scale, is filled only halfway, no where close to where the 4-gallon mark should be.

Correction: If you look closely at the jugs, the design makes them difficult to measure. The inverted handle might deceive how much was there. Don't rule out as well that Simon might have purposely made the bomb to defuse even if the jug was a little off. The likelihood of getting exactly 4 gallons and not an ounce of more over or under was going to be near impossible. The fact he enjoyed running McClane all over town showed he wanted to enjoy watching him suffer.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where McClane and Zeus are arguing by the fountain, McClane is slamming his near-empty water jug around as he berates his 'new best friend'. Moments later his container is seen to be almost full, with exactly two gallons of water.

Correction: There are some scenes in between these two scenes, and more than 'a few moments' passes. It's clear that they had been experimenting with the water jugs in the intervening time.

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Corrected entry: When the two officers go to rescue the kids that are stuck in the classroom they for some reason try and escape by going to the roof. However you see that there is a good solid two minutes and fifteen seconds left before the so called bomb is going to go off. Why wouldn't they just go out the front doors?

Correction: They didn't know how long they had to get out. They were nowhere near the bomb.

Corrected entry: After the subway explosion and the dump trucks are coming on the scene and the cop (who later gets killed) is waving them through. One of the lead terrorists is riding on the side of the truck. A few scenes earlier the same cop is in the van with McClane and the FBI agents looking at snapshots, and the same terrorist is shown, trademark square sunglasses and all. Some detective...

Correction: Even though he was in the van when the photos of both terrorists were being shown, they were exclusively shown to John and Zeus. He was in the back of the van, and likely did not look at them closely, if at all, since they were not meant for him anyway.


Corrected entry: Right after the train station explosion McClane is sitting down and talking to Zeus and Det. Lambert. McClane says "What were the odds of us making it down there on time?" which is replied by Zeus as "Zip". Zeus got to the phone at the train station on time, with time to spare. If McClane would have continued in the cab with him they would both have gotten there in time.

Correction: McLane is simply stating that Simon set up a task that he believed to be impossible with no chance for success, as he needed the train to blow up underneath Wall Street for his plan. He never expected they would make it. Just as planned in the plot, Simon underestimated McLane and Zeus, which ultimately leads to Simon's demise.


Corrected entry: When John is getting on the train and busts the window out, his pants are relatively clean and have no holes or tears. After he pulls the bomb off the wall and starts to walk away, his pants have a good size hole above each knee.

Correction: He rips them on the broken glass of the subway train's window as he quickly jumps through.


Corrected entry: The Germans say they are going to blow up the gold in the Long Island Sound, but they take the trucks up the aqueduct, which is on the other side of Manhattan on the Hudson River. They did not have enough time to go on the aqueduct and another bridge and end up on the Long Island Sound.

Correction: But they did not put the gold on the boat, so this is not a mistake. No one is tracking their movements except McClane, and he loses the gold after being flushed out of the aqueduct.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Bruce Willis kills the two bad guys in the truck in the aqueduct, he is walking towards the truck from behind left. When he shoots, he is still behind left of the truck. Then the camera changes and you see the blood spraying out of the bad guys torso. How could Bruce Willis be able to hit the torso of those guys if he was left behind the truck? It would have been okay if he had shot them from the front. That he was able to hit the guy sitting on the right side is really amazing.

Correction: We don't actually see McClane when he is shooting the "bad guys". He could have been standing perpendicular to the door, OR simply holding his gun with his arms extended out in front of him. So when he shoots throught the door he hits both of them. He then would have had to take a couple steps back to open the door.


Corrected entry: After Zeus and McClane escape the boat, Zeus asks Lambert to give McClane a quarter to go call his wife. However in the very last scene of the movie Zeus hands McClane a quarter to go call his wife. How on earth did he get that quarter? He obviously didn't have one the first time so why does he suddenly have a quarter now? Not like it would have mattered anyway, considering you don't need any money to make a collect call.

Correction: The last scene takes place several hours after the boat blows up. Plenty of time to make change, or for that matter, find a quarter. It just would not be very interesting to slow the action down to watch Zeus buy a pack of chewing gum.


Corrected entry: When McClane and Zeus are climbing down the cable towards the ship, if you notice in one shot they are wearing gloves and in another shot they are not.

Correction: Zeus is the only one wearing gloves and he is wearing them throughout the scene. McClane is using an old shirt to protect one hand while another one has neither a glove nor a shirt.


Corrected entry: When dealing with the binary liquid bombs you always see two equal volume containers with both containers completely full. As stated near the beginning of the movie the red liquid pumps into the clear in order to mix. If both tanks are full, how is there any volume left to pump in the other chemical in order to mix it? At least one of the tanks would need to be half full in order for there to be room to pump in the second chemical.

Correction: Both containers mixed equally, so the same amount of liquid that was going into the container was leaving the container, making the mixing process possible.


Corrected entry: Since Ricky was the one who read the report on the 14 great big dump trucks stolen from Statton Island, wouldn't he have noticed the 14 great big dump trucks that drove by him when "Bob Thompson" showed up?

Correction: Why should he? There must be hundreds of dump trucks in New York City, and there was no reason for him to suspect that these were the stolen ones. After all, there had just been a severe terrorist act and a lot of rubble to be cleared, so when a city official turned up with trucks and workers it seemed like everything was OK. And how many people count the number of trucks in a column?


Corrected entry: When Ricky and the two officers are leading the terrorists down into the subway, we see two of the terrorists tranquilize the officers. The shot then cuts to Ricky, who notices the downed officers and is shot. As soon as the shot cuts to Otto and the other terrorist shouting, the two who tranquilized the guards are in full police uniform. I wish I could get dressed in five seconds...

Correction: As Ricky is being shot, the two terrorists unzip their coveralls to reveal police uniforms underneath. You can see it happening in the corner of the screen on Widescreen.

Corrected entry: Det. Lambert found the report saying that the chemical used in the bombs was stolen from a lab over the weekend, and that about 2000 pounds was stolen. But not only did we learn from Simon that there was 2400 pounds of the chemicals being used in the school bomb, but add that to the amounts used in the smaller more local bombs and the fairly large amount used on the boat and I'd say that around 2000 is a bit understated. The fact that the school bomb apparently contained more explosive than was stolen should have given them a bit of a clue...

Correction: The NYPD wouldn't assume the school bomb was fake just because there was more explosive than was stolen. They don't know that the stolen explosive is ALL the terrorists have. They couldn't take the chance. Also, none of them knew about the bomb on the boat.

Corrected entry: When the scene switches you see a young German guy talking to that big guy (the terrorist.) If you listen carefully, you can actually hear that some things they say are in Russian.

Correction: The Germans are probably from former East Germany (as shown earlier on a picture), so having a Russian in their crew would make sense.

Corrected entry: When Zeus begrudgingly accompanies McClane to their first riddle site at the pay phone (where the terrorist tricks them into thinking there is a bomb in the trash can), an extra walks past them going towards the street corner. Seconds later when the camera angle switches, the same extra walks towards the camera again going the other way.

Correction: Are you saying you've never started off in one direction then pivoted when you remembered something or caught yourself walking the wrong way? I wish I were that coordinated....

Factual error: When McClane and Zeus take the little hatchback from the bank location, they run up the ramp by the Brooklyn Bridge and McClane looks to see the dump trucks aren't on the bridge. Zeus then spots them on FDR Drive and they speed off down the ramp to FDR Drive. The ramp they were on doesn't connect to the ramp they took to give chase. It only heads towards City Hall or over the bridge. They'd have to take the Civic Center ramp, do a u-turn under the Brooklyn Bridge approach then head back up the ramp to FDR Drive.

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Zeus: He said, "how many were going to St. Ives, " right? The riddle begins, "As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives!" The guy and his wives aren't going anywhere.
John McClane: What are they doing?
Zeus: Sitting in the fucking road! Waiting on the moor! How the hell should I know?

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Trivia: In the German version of the first 'Die Hard' movie, the terrorists were changed into radical Irish because the dubbing producers didn't want to have German terrorists (see 'Die Hard' Trivia). In the German dubbing of this movie, however, they have decided to adapt the original background after all, and the late terrorist leader is called by his original name, Hans Gruber.

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Question: In the scene where Simon and his men overpower Felix Little of the Federal Reserve and continue to the elevator, what are the German lines being spoken by Simon Gruber? It sounds like "Danke well" when he pushes the drugged Mr. Little to the floor, and when he is in the elevator removing his tie his line sounds like "Ich biete". If someone knows the German words being spoken in these lines, your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Answer: Danke well means "Well, thank you." Ich biete means "I offer."

Answer: The first one is Dutch: "dank you wel" - "Thank you very much". The second one "ich bin fertig" is German and means "I'm done".

No, Dutch is "Dank je wel" or "Dank you wel" and he didn't say that. He says "Danke Well" which is supposed to be "Danke woll" With means thank you in German, as said. In the elevator he says "Ich bitte" which means "I ask", which is kinda weird, just like "Ich biete." Maybe he meant "bitte", as in "you're welcome." to one of the others.

Oh I see, the letter is corrected to "you" automatically. Funny. "Dank uw wel" then.

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