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[on what Ján Kadár
taught him while at AFI] What he used to make me memorize was the shots. He'd say, "Ok, learn that movie!" - by learn that movie he meant; you sit down with a bunch of pile of paper and pencils and write - shot for shot - the movie from memory. I learned a bunch of movies that way. I learned 8½
(1963) that way which is a very complex film. I learned A Clockwork Orange
Turned down the chance to direct Die Hard 2 (1990) in order to direct The Hunt for Red October (1990). He later direct Die Hard: with a vengeance (1995), the next entry of the Die Hard film series.
Often shows characters speaking in a foreign, unsubtitled language. According to McTiernan, this habit comes from the countless foreign films he saw as a student.