Continuity mistake: Near the end, after the huge gold heist, Simon Peter Gruber and his psychotic lover, Katya, engage in rough celebratory sex, ripping off each other's clothing, such that Katya's upper torso and black lace brassiere are fully exposed. A few minutes later, when John McClain interrupts their sex, Katya's shirt is fully closed.Charles Austin Miller
Visible crew/equipment: After the school evacuation scene starts the four kids trapped in the school look out the window to see what the commotion is. The next shot through the window grill shows a camera crew filming the evacuation from the street as they come up behind the cops on the upper right. Footage from the camera crew on the ground is proof of this. The footage is from the exact same time, about 30 seconds earlier in the movie. You see an African American boy and woman running off to the left of the screen through the police who are trying to guide everyone straight out from the stairs past the fence. The boy continues running but the woman is grabbed on her left arm by a cop who turns her back around to go through the fence. The boy is wearing a yellowish orange shirt and tan shorts and the woman in a brown outfit, a blouse with white buttons and pants. (01:40:10)DavidJ
Character mistake: At the end of the movie at the Canadian border, is revealed the sign of the location of the terrorists: "Nord des lignes" "la grande stop du Québec". The translated sign reads: "North of the Border" "Quebec's largest truckstop". "Nord des lignes" does not mean "North of the Border" in French. It means almost nothing but can be translated as "North of the lines". The grammar in "la grande stop du Québec" is also wrong. It should be "Le grand stop du Québec". This is also not a correct translation for the English equivalent.
Revealing mistake: When the bomb explodes at Bonwit Tellers at the start, we see a van fly into the air. You can see the devices that throw it upwards.
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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