A Good Day to Die Hard

Question: Is John McClane ambidextrous? I noticed in several scenes, he'd alternate between using and holding his gun with his right and left hand.

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Chosen answer: No. Bruce Willis (and thus, John McClane) is left handed. But guns are mostly designed for right handed people, so when he isn't holding a gun modified for him, it's easier to use it with his right hand.


Chosen answer: It was originally built as a series of fortifications and ramparts for military use, and is now essentially a ring road with multiple lanes through Moscow. It's roughly circular by design.


Question: Maybe I missed something, but didn't Jack murder a guy in the beginning of the film and was about to get life in prison before he escaped? How is it that at the end, he flies back home with John and meets with his sister and they live happily ever after as if nothing happened? Is he not a fugitive from Russia?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: It can probably be assumed that they didn't just turn up to Domodedovo Airport and board a plane in the normal way. As Jack is a CIA agent, it is likely that the Agency had some way of getting the McClanes out of Russia via covert or diplomatic means.

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Question: This movie was given a 12 rating by the BBFC in cinemas in the United Kingdom, but the DVD is given a 15 rating. Why is this?

Chosen answer: Previously edited content put back in for the DVD release.

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Answer: Twentieth Century Fox desperately wanted a box office destroying, record breaking haul and quite rightly, or not so in this case, thought that a 12A (the certificate it was awarded in cinemas) would garner them a gigantic amount of dough. In the U.K. you can only have a certain amount of the F word if you want your film to be a 12A. (It used to be one F word for a 12).

Alan Keddie

Question: John puts a grenade on a fork lift and wheels it over to the bold, shirtless, muscular guy shooting at them. It explodes big and almost water like. What kind of bomb/grenade was that? (01:21:10)

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Chosen answer: It was a normal hand grenade but they shot a few gas lines earlier in the shootout, which caused your mentioned "water-effect".


Chosen answer: The ring road around the center of Moscow.


Question: Who is the guy suposed to be that Jack kills in the beginning at the night club? (00:04:50)

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Answer: His name was Anton. He was an associate of Viktor Chagarin. Jack, although lying, said Yuri Komarov sends his regards. Chagarin and Komarov were former partners and Chagarin was the one who got Komarov put in jail. By Jack saying Komarov sent him, it made it seem like Komarov was out for revenge on Chagarin (by attacking his associates). The courts offered to reduce Jack's sentence for testifying against Komarov, which allowed Jack to get close to him and help him escape.


Answer: Just a nobody. Jack had to kill someone so that he would be arrested and that was his way of getting to the old guy (I forget his name). Additionally the guy in the nightclub was probably an enemy of the other Russian guy and it was a way of getting rid of him.

Alan Keddie

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Yuri's daughter is getting away from the hotel, the color of the chopper changes from green to brown between shots.

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[Guy yells at John in Russian and John punches him.]
John McClane: Do you think I understand a word you're saying!?!

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Trivia: The only film in the "Die Hard" franchise to specifically be written as an original "Die Hard" script not inspired by outside source materials. "Die Hard" was based on a novel titled "Nothing Lasts Forever." "Die Hard 2" was loosely adapted from another novel entitled "58 minutes." "Die Hard with a Vengeance" was a re-worked version of an earlier script entitled "Simon Says." "Live Free or Die Hard/Die Hard 4.0" was a combination of ideas inspired by a Wired Magazine article ("A Farewell to Arms") and elements from another script entitled "WW3.com." Ironically, despite being the only film in the franchise to be specifically conceived of as a "Die Hard" film, it was the lowest-rated film in the franchise by critics and audience polls.

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