Live Free or Die Hard

Continuity mistake: When John and Mai are fighting at the power plant, John tosses Mai up against a glass board. Her pony tail has come undone and her hair is a big mess. You see Mai from the back as she gets up to come after John. Her hair is now neatly combed and back in a pony tail. But as she begins to fight, her hair is once again undone and messy.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene when Bruce Willis is driving the police car up the ramp to blow up the helicopter, the guy jumps out. As he jumps out he has got headphones on, but when he lands on the car they fall off. The next scene it shows him taking them off.

00:43:45 - 00:44:40

gonewiththesin

Continuity mistake: When McClane first brings Farrell to the Cyber division, McClane has a cut over his eyebrow that he gets from a fight scene later in the film. [This mistake is pointed out in the DVD audio commentary: this scene was filmed after said fight scene was completed. Still a mistake, though.]

00:29:00

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Continuity mistake: John throws Matt to the floor when Matt is first being shot at. John lays on Matt to protect him and you can see that John's legs are off to Matt's left and are lying flat on the floor. The scene cuts to a view that's from behind their feet and now John's legs are no longer flat on the floor, his lower body is turned and he is lying on his right hip.

00:11:20

Nick Bylsma
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Continuity mistake: John's face is all bloody after he rolls from the car and "kills a helicopter with a car". The blood on his face constantly changes during the shots. Sometimes there is blood all over his face, sometimes there is quite a bit less. Sometimes he has blood streaming from the cut on his nose, sometimes there is nothing on his nose. The blood changes back and forth, so it's not just him wiping the blood away from his face (and his hands are by his sides during all the shots).

00:44:35 - 00:45:30

Nick Bylsma

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the film FBI operatives rappel down from helicopters for speed and immediately enter the warehouse where John McClane and friends are. Almost immediately Bowman appears and vouches for the three left alive in the building. He got there very quickly considering his helicopter was still in the air when the operatives were landing.

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Continuity mistake: In the semi truck that John is driving towards the end of the film, one scene shows the truck has a automatic gear box control box, in another he is changing gears on a manual shift. 2 different trucks.

01:14:15 - 02:13:40

Continuity mistake: McClane's head wounds move around throughout the movie. Especially the two red spots on the left side of his head change colour a lot.

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Jacob La Cour
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Continuity mistake: At the end of the scene where Bruce Willis's own car is involved with a crash between a dustcart and taxi you can see his driver's door opening during the aerial shot after he has left the location.

00:24:25

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Continuity mistake: When McClane and Farrell are fired upon during the escort to DHS, Agent Johnson is killed and slumps against the steering wheel. In the next shot he is alive, looking back through the car's rear windshield, and jolts forward with the car's impact with the car in front of them.

00:38:00

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Continuity mistake: During the final truck chase through Baltimore, several traffic lights are seen with lights in them. But all the power was off.

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Jacob La Cour
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Continuity mistake: In the scene where McClane rebuffs Ferrell for thinking it would be cool to do the firesale, you can see pipes for firehoses right behind McClane. When the shot changes to a long alley shot, the pipes are a good ten feet away, but when it reverts back to a closeup, the pipes are back to right behind McClane.

00:55:20

Ian Hunt

Continuity mistake: At the start of the chase between the HAZ-MAT van and the semi truck, McClane hits a couple of cars and seriously damages the front drivers corner of the truck. In later shots, the damage has gone.

01:48:55 - 01:51:50

Continuity mistake: During the shootout at Matt's apartment John scrambles away from the refrigerator and pulls himself around the corner. The view is from behind John and his chest is facing the corner as he pulls himself around it. The scene jumps to a view from in front of John, yet he's somehow already turned himself around so his back is to the corner (this makes for an easier transition to using the corner as cover, but it messes up the continuity). He couldn't have done this since he was still in the process of pulling himself around the corner.

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Nick Bylsma
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Continuity mistake: When the truck crashes into the pillar that McClane and Matt are hiding behind in the tunnel, we see a large portion of the pillar fall off from the left side. However, when McClane gets up to drive the police car, the pillar is in perfect shape.

00:41:30

Continuity mistake: In the scene after the power plant explodes and Farrell is giving his "What is the point?" speech, his hair changes several times between shots, from hanging down in front of his face to being swept to one side.

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Continuity mistake: In the traffic jam in the beginning of the film (right after all the lights have changed to green), the car next to McClane's is black/dark. But a few seconds later when you see it from a helicopter, it has changed to white.

00:22:30 - 00:23:30

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Continuity mistake: When McClane knocks the fridge over so it's on its side near the start, his head is above the top (side) of the fridge. Camera cuts and it is well below the top (side) of the fridge.

00:12:45

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Continuity mistake: During the traffic jam scene, when the truck crashes against the taxi, the view inside McClane's car shows the taxi colliding against the car, dragging it away violently. From the aerial angle, the taxi doesn't touch McClane's car at all.

00:22:35

Sacha Premium member

Continuity mistake: After Mai kicks McClane out the window at the power hub, there is a shot of her turning and walking away. This is obviously a reused shot of when she walked away from beating up McClane only a minute or so earlier - the most obvious sign is that her hair is perfect, and then when it cuts to her grabbing Matthew, her hair is messy again.

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Continuity mistake: In one scene we see the map of the power grid of Eastern Sector shutting down. All sectors are red. A few scenes later we are in Warlock's basement. He has the same map on one of his screens, but there some sectors are red and some are green.

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Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When John and Matt are in the patrol cars and Gabriel has them rerouted to a blocked road, there are no cars on the road besides the patrol cars, but throughout the scene when the camera cuts you can see traffic moving smoothly along with them.

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Continuity mistake: During the final chase, the right front tire of the Freight liner is flat at one point after hitting a number of parked vehicles. The next shot showing the front of the truck shows the tire is fine.

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Continuity mistake: The hacker slaps McClane's daughter moving her head to the right, hair messy around her face. The immediate angle from the hacker's point of view shows her head tilted to the opposite direction, with her hair perfectly brushed.

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Continuity mistake: In the semi chase scene when Bruce takes control of the truck he initially shoots twice through the door and you see two 'bullet holes'. When the cut to the cab the driver is shot 5 more times. After Bruce throws out the driver and closes the door you only see the two original 'bullet holes'. There should be about seven of them.

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Continuity mistake: When they both leave the Warlocks house, you see a close up shot of the headlamps on the vehicle lighting up. In subsequent shots of the journey, the headlamps are off.

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jeffstunes

Continuity mistake: John M is driving to the Eastern electricity station and chatting. The view out of his window shows him driving past the same distant hill at least three times. Also the speed is faster out of the passenger's side than the driver's.

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Suggested correction: Not really a mistake seeing the same hill 3 times. Also the speed can alter quite easily. Not a mistake.

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Continuity mistake: As McClane is powering up the helicopter to fly to Warlock, the rotors are already up at full speed. The next cut shows the helicopter in full from outside with the rotors turning much too slow compared to the previous and following scene.

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Continuity mistake: When being escorted by the FBI near the beginning, they are in an FBI car which is plain white. They then get shot at by the helicopter and are seen speeding away in the FBI car. A few shots later this car becomes a normal police squad car.

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Continuity mistake: At Woodlawn, after McClane takes Russo out and taunts Gabriel over the radio, Gabriel sends Rand after him, saying, "Kill this guy, and I'll give you Mai's share." But four minutes later, when Gabriel has Lucy talk to McClane on the radio, Rand can be seen standing casually against the wall behind him, even though he already left. (Timecodes from unrated edition.)

01:39:20 - 01:43:25

Aerinah

Continuity mistake: When Running to the car after the apartment shootout, Farrel gets in the car and McClane is not around by the car as we can see the car. However when Farrel shuts his door, McClane is already in the car. In the previous shot we could see McClane behind Farrel.

00:15:35

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Continuity mistake: When you see all the power going off, you see the same clip being used twice. The power goes off, it shows the airport and hospital, then it shows the power going off in the same place again.

01:14:40

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Continuity mistake: McClane rips the airbag out and tosses it on the road. When they drive away, the airbag has gone.

00:57:30

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Continuity mistake: When McClane and Rand fight in Woodlawn, Rand falls down through two sets of blades rotating at high speed. Once he goes through them, the blades appear to be slowing, but at the next shot, not one second later, the blades are rotating at full speed again.

01:41:55

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Continuity mistake: When McClane is driving the police down the ramp to the tunnel so he can elude the helicopter, the car's windshield doesn't have any bullet holes or cracks in it, even though it did just a few seconds earlier.

00:37:55

Continuity mistake: In the next-to-last shot of the movie you can see giant letters SOU on the warehouse behind Bruce Willis sitting in the ambulance. In the final wide-out shot of the movie the same warehouse has no lettering.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where the semi driven by McClane is chased by the F35, the semi hits multiple vehicles causing it to damage. The driver side headlights are smashed and the bumber and fender are almost scraping the ground. In the next shot, headlights, bumber and fender are fine.

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Continuity mistake: While McClane is taking control of the Freight liner during the final chase, he jumps onto the driver's steps, and we see the driver's side window is closed, he shoots the driver and whips the door open, and the window is now open. He climbs into the truck and slams the door, and the window is once again closed. There was obviously no time for the window to be opened and closed during the fight.

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Continuity mistake: At the very end when McClane is talking to Farrell, he has three steri-strips over his left eye, but when he goes back to his daughter he only has two.

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Joel Amos Gordon

Continuity mistake: When the one bad guy has got McClane near the start in the alleyway, there is one shot where the bad guy is facing the other way. He goes forwards feet first for one quick shot then goes backwards to hit the dumpster.

00:16:05

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Continuity mistake: During the plane and semi scene the front of the semi gets shot to pieces. If you look at the windscreen when the semi comes back onto its wheels it's more like a protection cage, then in the next shot it's gone.

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Continuity mistake: The wounds on John's right eyebrow and cheekbone change size, disappear, and switch from fresh to dry then back again throughout the film.

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Continuity mistake: When John drives over the fire hydrant and the water jet hits the helicopter, the gunman falls out and ends up on the ground between the car and water jet. When John drives off in the long shot his body has disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: When McClane is on the phone to Boeman about Thomas Gabriel, the blood on McClane's hand is constantly changing.

01:12:15

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Continuity mistake: When talking to AV-81 Gabriel's microphone has a wire round it. The position of the wire changes instantly.

01:47:50

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Continuity mistake: Throughout the film, the injury to Farrell's ear constantly changes severity.

01:42:10

Continuity mistake: Just after the explosion at the power centre, Farrell's hair changes from messy to neat when he says "Win? When did we start winning?"

01:14:20

Continuity mistake: When McClane and Farrel are talking about what Farrel would do next if it was his fire sale, McClane and Farrel move closer together instantly.

00:54:00

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Continuity mistake: When John and Lucy are having an argument at the start of the film, Lucy's hair is over her shoulder or not over her shoulder, depending on the shot.

00:04:20

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Continuity mistake: When the 4x4 drops in the lift shaft, Ferrel is stood by the side of the door. Then as he says "Did you see that!?" he has changed position instantly. Then he's back to the position he was in before.

01:09:25

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Continuity mistake: When in the traffic jam, just before the first accidents, the background doesn't move in the shots of Ferral, but it does, and quite fast, in the shots of McClane.

00:22:00

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Continuity mistake: When McClane is strangling Mia, the way he holds the cable constantly changes.

01:08:05

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Continuity mistake: When he's talking to Ferral about a fire sale and what would be next, the cuts on McClane's face are constantly changing.

00:55:35

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Continuity mistake: When in the tunnel after blowing up the helicopter, John has got blood all over his face. However the amount of blood and the position of the blood keeps changing.

00:43:20

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Continuity mistake: When McClane tells Matt to get ready to run when in the apartment, McClane's position changes instantly.

00:14:05

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Continuity mistake: When Detective Maclean is trying to convince Matt to go with him, Matt tries to open a window, so he can escape, but the window won't open. Later, after all the gunfire, both men escape through the now-working window.

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Continuity mistake: When confronted at Woodlawn, the bad guy is looking at McClane or Ferrel depending on the angle.

01:33:00

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Continuity mistake: When the hacker pulls up the F-35s schematic, it is shown with 10 missiles outline in red, 3 on each wing, and 4 internally. When the F-35 is shown on screen, it has no weapons mounted on the wings.

01:47:20 - 01:47:50

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Just as McClane and Farrell are about to leave the Eastern Power Hub, Farrell goes on a long rant and his mouth does not match the words he is saying. [In the unrated version of the film, the rant concurs with Will's mouth movements, but the mistake is valid for the regular version.]

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The film's title is a reference to New Hampshire's state motto "Live Free or Die." The film was shipped to theaters under the title "New Hampshire."

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