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.
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.
Corrected entry: The bomb on the train has to blow up, and Bruce Willis is not supposed to find it. But he does and throws it out the back of the train just before it blows up. But the bad guy didn't expect this, he expected in to blow up in the train. In which case hundreds of people would have been killed, injured and trapped. It would take the rest of the day to clear that mess - making it impossible for them to raid the bank. Pretty crap plan - I guess he got lucky?
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?
Corrected entry: 'Simon' needs McClane alive until the very end, when he has secured the gold. Diverting the police by making them think he is merely avenging his dead brother is a vital part of his plan. It therefore makes no sense at all that his very first task for McClane - wearing a grotesquely racist sandwich board as he walks through Harlem - could very easily get him killed.
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...
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.
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.
Corrected entry: When the truck hits the water the rope breaks and cuts one of the bad guys in half. Again, if you play it at slow motion, you can see that the guy has a rope tied to his back. (It's one of those machines that are used in the movies to pull something or someone back really fast.) You see the rope for about 1 second. After that it is erased.
Corrected entry: In the scene where everyone is talking to Simon for the first time in the police station, the psychiatrist says that Simon was giving clues to his identity, and that one of those clues was his speaking in German. Simon never spoke in German during that conversation.
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.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the green Dodge falls off of the bridge, you can use slow-motion play to see extra explosives go off causing a huge splash. This happens before the Dodge actually hits the water.
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.
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.Markyharley
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?
Trivia: Someone asked: Has anyone EVER figured out the math to that damn water-in-a-bottle-diffuse-the-bomb riddle? I actually have, in case anyone's wondering about it. If I remember right, they've got a 5, a 3, and they need 4. Fill the five, tip it into the 3, leaving 2. Empty out the three, and put the 2 in it. Then fill the five, and use that jug to fill up the remainder of the 3, which will leave 4 in the 5 gallon jug. Another possible way to do this: You fill up the 3 and tip these three gallons into the 5. Then you fill up the 3 and use this to fill up the 5. This leaves you with one in the 3 and five in the 5. Then you empty the 5 and tip the one from the 3 over, then fill up the 3. Then you've got three in the 3 and one in the 5. After you've tipped over the three this will leave you with four in the 5.
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