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On the DVD commentary, John McTiernan mentions that Dick Cheney appears in a scene. He actually says "here he is", but Dick Cheney is not in the film. The person shown in the scene has a slight physical resemblance, but is not Dick Cheney. The director made an error.
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Jonathan Hensleigh was actually detained by the FBI after completing the script for the film because he knew extensive information about the Federal Gold Reserve in downtown Manhattan. Hensleigh stated that he got all the information from an article written in the New York Times.
The sandwich board that Bruce Willis wore while filming in Harlem was originally blank, rather than text, to ensure no one was offended by the racist message. The "I Hate Niggers" was added with CGI in post-production. Some television broadcasts use an alternate version where the sign reads "I hate everybody", which is sometimes erroneously said to be the original version of the sign used for filming, but this too was added with CGI in post-production.
Originally titled "Simon Says" (where Zeus was scripted as a woman) and was considered by Joel Silver as the fourth sequel to Lethal Weapon (1987). 20th Century Fox, however, did not agree to sell the script to Joel Silver.
The studio told screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh to remove the scenes with McClane walking around Harlem wearing a sign that says, "I hate niggers." They allowed him to keep the scene when he threatened to take the script to another studio.
Samuel L. Jackson's look in the film was Jackson's idea after he'd done extensive research on his character by studying books on Malcolm X.
Sir Sean Connery was John McTiernan's very first choice for the role of Simon Gruber. He turned down the role, saying that he didn't want to play such a diabolical villain.
The sex scene between Jeremy Irons and Sam Phillips was added in at the last minute because John McTiernan knew that the film would get an R rating and he might as well put a sex scene in.
On the DVD commentary, screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh says the idea for the film's plot came to him when he imagined what would happen if one of his childhood friends, who was injured after Hensleigh threw a rock at him, decided to seek revenge on him as an adult.
As in the previous Die Hard (1988), the German spoken in this movie is mostly grammatically incorrect. A few lines are so wrong that they have to be considered gibberish (most notably the exchange of the fake cops, who are given the briefcase bomb by Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson)). In the German release, however, all of the lines that were German in the original movie are grammatically correct, fitting the context and some of the terrorists even have an East German accent.
Although Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson had both appeared in Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) and Pulp Fiction (1994), this is the first movie where the two appear on-screen together.
In the DVD commentary, Jonathan Hensleigh says that the first hour of the film is his original "Simon Says" script word for word. He only changed the characters from the script, so that it would actually feel like a part of the "Die Hard" series.
Although he wasn't hired for the film, Alan Rickman is still credited as playing Hans Gruber (in McClane's flashback, using stock footage from Die Hard (1988)).
Even though this film's domestic box-office is only about 100 million dollars, its massive international box-office (which is about 266 million dollars) makes this film the "highest worldwide box-office winner of 1995". This movie is perhaps one of the few movies (may be the only one) that could manage to become the "biggest worldwide box-office winner of the year" when its domestic box-office was not even in the top 5.
Director John McTiernan acknowledged the errors concerning the gold in the dump trucks and its respective weight. McTiernan and Samuel L. Jackson were permitted to lift a genuine bar of gold to get a feel of how heavy gold really was.
When Zeus Carver picks up the gold bar at the Federal Reserve, he says "Damn, this IS heavy." A standard gold bar kept at the Federal Reserve weighs approximately 25 pounds.
John McTiernan considered either editing out the beginning bombing of the department store, or moving the release date back as they felt that the American public might still be sensitive to bombing due to closeness of dates of the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
Sam Phillips, in real life a pop singer, was invited to screen-test for the role, based upon a photo from one of her CD covers.
Laurence Fishburne was the original choice to play Zeus Carver, but turned down the part. When he reconsidered the decision, Samuel L. Jackson was already cast.
Even though this is the third Die Hard film, it is the first that takes place in the same city, in which John McClane is a police officer (New York City). In the first movie, he is in Los Angeles, and in the second he is in Washington, D.C.
When McClane says "Cheer up. Things could be worse. I was working on a nice fat suspension. Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo." In the film Pulp Fiction (1994), which stars both Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, the song "Flowers On the Wall", from where this quote comes, is playing on the radio in Willis' characters car, just before he runs it into Marsellus Wallace outside his apartment.
Sam Phillips never says a word.
Bruce Willis suggested Samuel L. Jackson for the movie. Jackson was thrilled. He says he's "seen the first Die Hard (1988) maybe thirty times."
The chase scenes in the tunnel were filmed in New York City Water Tunnel Number 3, an unfinished aqueduct connecting the city to the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York.
The park, on top of the Wall Street station in the film, was a vacant lot that was made into a park for the film. It was turned back into a vacant lot after filming was completed.
The first "Die Hard" movie to be based on an original screenplay. Die Hard (1988) is based on a novel by Roderick Thorp, Die Hard 2 (1990) is based on a novel by Walter Wager and Live Free or Die Hard (2007) is based on an article by John Carlin.
The producers planned to blow up the Hutchinson River Parkway tollbooth structure, for a scene in the movie. The tolls were to be eliminated anyway, and then-Governor Mario Cuomo volunteered to push the switch. But opposition from local residents, in close proximity, and from other officials, nixed the idea.
When the bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller department store, there is an "Atlantic Courier" truck parked in front of the store that gets flipped over. In Die Hard (1988), Hans Gruber and the other terrorists arrive at Nakatomi Plaza in a "Pacific Courier" truck.
When McClane is dropped off in Harlem, he expected to be dead in four minutes. When the gang members across the street from Zeus' shop discover McClane wearing the "I Hate N*****s" sandwich board sign, four minutes have elapsed in real time.
This is the only Die Hard film that John McClane didn't risk his life to save Holly or either of his kids.
Each Die Hard contains a scene involving an elevator.
You would actually need 480 dump trucks to steal all the gold from the Federal Reserve.
Samuel L. Jackson said that Zeus "is the closest character to my personality of any that I've played."
Simon calls a radio announcer to report that there is a bomb in a school. The name of the announcer is Elvis Duran, an actual radio announcer on the station Z100 (100.3 FM).
In the scene where Zeus is trying to get out of going with McClane on the trip across the city, he (Zeus) gets up, exclaiming, "I'm not jumping through hoops for some psycho! That's a white man, with white problems, you deal with him! Let me know when he crosses 110th street." The line "Across 110th Street" is a reference to the film of the same name, whose main title was a pop hit, and was featured in the film Jackie Brown (1997), which also starred Samuel L. Jackson.
The first Die Hard to not occur on Christmas, though the holiday is referenced four times. 1. John McClane "they said he was a jolly old fat guy, with a little red nose and a snowy white beard. I'm surprised you haven't seen him". 2. Simon Gruber, second time on the phone with Walter "no, I mean Santa Claus." 3. Charlie singing "and a partridge in a pear tree" while trying to disarm the school bomb. 4. One of the boys caught stealing from the convenience store: "It's Christmas! You could steal City Hall!"
When McClane boards the elevator at the Federal Reserve with Karl and the rest of Simon's men, during the casual conversation Karl is having with McClane, Karl refers to the elevator as the "lift". This would potentially betray Karl, who is trained in infiltration, and disguised as a Federal Reserve guard, as being European, and therefore a potential imposter, since "lift" is the European term for elevator.
In Greek mythology, Zeus was a god who summoned lightning and thunder. In this movie, Zeus Carver is a locksmith
The film was shot under the working title "Die Hard: New York."
The bridge from which McClane and Zeus jump to the container ship in the harbor is the Cooper River Bridge that connects Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. A new bridge opened in July 2005, and the two pre-existing bridges that have long been a symbol of Charleston were removed. Much of the film was shot in the Charleston area, including the subway station which was built on a stage in Mount Pleasant. The Cooper River Bridge scenes were set on an unnamed bridge near Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Long Island Sound.
The name Simon Gruber uses as an alias is 'Peter Krieg'. 'Krieg' is German for 'war'.
The main theme for this movie is Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye" an Irish song from 250 years ago. This was later adapted into "When Johnny comes Marching Home," an Irish song made famous in America by Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore aka Louis Lambert in 1863.
Character "Dr. Fred Schiller" is a reference to the 18th century German poet Friedrich Schiller, who wrote the lyrics used by Ludwig van Beethoven in his 9th symphony, which is used in Die Hard (1988).
Anthony Peck, who plays Ricky Walsh, was also in the original Die Hard. He is credited as "Young Cop".
The Russian title for "Die Hard" in the first three movies is, "A Hard Nut to Crack".
It was calculated that the value of the Gold in the film was worth approx 100 billion dollars. In 2015, this value has been adjusted for inflation so that 100 billion of 1995 dollars would be worth: 157,232,704,402 dollars in 2015.
First version of the screenplay was based on a spec script by James Haggin called "Troubleshooter" which involved terrorists seizing control of a Caribbean cruise ship while John and Holly are on a honeymoon cruise. The idea was abandoned after Under Siege (1992) went into production. (This script later became Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)) In 1992 John Milius was hired to write another version of the story. In 1993 Doug Richardson and John Fasano simultaneously worked on two separate Die Hard 3 scripts which were both rejected by Bruce Willis. This time the plot was concerned with terrorists taking control of the Los Angeles subway system.
Jonathan Hensleigh lived right above where one scene was shot on the Upper West Side. He set it there on purpose, so he could just watch the filming from his kitchen window.
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During its Pay Per View run in 1996, a bonus featurette followed the presentation of the movie, which included footage of some scenes with additional dialogue, such as the scene in the Federal Reserve Bank where Felix Little asks "You're in the flower business, Mr. Vanderflug?" and added is Simon replying "It's Vanderfluge, it rhymes with tulip." explaining why Felix pronounces the name correctly from that point on. This featurette is not included in the Special Edition DVD.
Aldis Hodge and his brother Edwin Hodge, made their acting debuts in this film. And Aldis would later appear in another Die Hard film eighteen years later as a different character named 'Foxy' in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013).
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When McClane enters the Federal Reserve, and encounters Karl disguised as a security guard, Karl tries to have a casual conversation with McClane. There are two instances during this exchange in which his dialogue would potentially blow his cover as an American. Before he and McClane enter the elevator, he asks McClane what he thought about the weather and says "it feels like it's...gonna rain like...dogs and cats later." Not only does he misquote a fairly standard English expression, but he also has to think a bit as he is trying to sound more American. He then calls the elevator a "lift", another mistake that would give away that he is not actually American.
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WILHELM SCREAM: As they are driving through the park Zeus asks McClane if he is aiming for the people, to which McClane replies, "No... maybe that mime." An abbreviated Wilhelm Scream can be heard immediately following the "No."
There is a war reference in each of the first three Die Hard films. This film's is when the FBI agent references the Battle of the Bulge.
An early script that was rejected, was eventually used for Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997). On the DVD commentary, John McTiernan mentions the rejected idea of "doing it on a boat."
The only Die Hard film where John McClane fights bad guys in his own jurisdiction as a police officer.
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In the wake of the Oklahoma bombing, 20th Century Fox took out trade press ads defending their decision to continue with the imminent release of a film about a terrorist planting bombs in public places.
The original casting of Simon's terrorist crew was with a mix of Soviet and Warsaw Pact baddies, and not East Germans. Only one Polish character (Otto) was retained from initial casting, and he became the butt of the East German's demeaning jokes.
The school kids "trapped" by the madman's plot are singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." It's the same song that the kids trapped by the madman in Dirty Harry (1971) are forced to sing.
During the scene when the FBI mentions Hans Gruber, Inspector Walter Cobb asks what they are talking about; Ricky Walsh (played by Anthony Peck) replies directly to him and says, "that thing in the building in L.A." In fact, Anthony Peck also played a cop with the LAPD in the first Die Hard film in 1988. He appeared in scenes mainly with Sergeant Al Powell outside of the Nakatomi building. Whether or not he is supposed to be the same character in this movie is unclear.
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This is the second film in which Samuel L. Jackson's character steals a kid's bike for "police business". The first film was National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1. Coincidentally, Bruce Willis has a cameo in that film as John McClane.
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Just like in Die Hard (1988), the life of McClane (Bruce Willis) is saved by a gun taped to his back, even though he does not use it himself this time.
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McClane driving a car through Central Park, was based on a fantasy Jonathan Hensleigh had, about being able to cut through the park to avoid traffic.
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This was shown on television on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, the same night that Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton each won multiple Presidential primaries. Each one is mentioned off-hand in this movie.
On the Die Hard (1988) Blu-ray Disc commentary, Production Designer Jackson De Govia notes the company name on the truck in which the "raiders" (as he calls them) arrive in the first movie. It says, "Pacific Courier" - a joke, because it means "Messenger of Peace". DeGovia used a similar name (Atlantic Courier) and graphic on the truck that gets blown up at the start of this movie.
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Giving Zeus the dollar bill was improvised.
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According to John McTiernan, "It's very dangerous to have an actor drive a car. Accidents happen every year." A stuntman drove the cab from a rig built on the back while Bruce Willis pretended to drive in the front.
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Jonathan Hensleigh originally wrote the role of Zeus for Brandon Lee.
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There is a mathematical formula that can be applied to the St. Ives problem, called the Geometric Progression Formula, which is a(r^n - 1)/(r-1), "a" being the first term, "r" being the common ratio, and "n" being the number of terms of the geometric series. The 7 wives would be "a". The following 7s would be the common ratio. "N" would be 4 (i.e. kittens, cats, sacks, and wives). This translates to 7(7^4 - 1)/(7-1) = 7(2401-1)/6 = 7(2400)/6 = 16800/6 = 2800. This is all assuming the narrator going to St. Ives. and the man with seven wives are excluded.
Jeremy Irons claimed that someone described his hairstyle in the film as "mid-life crisis."
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John McTiernan calls the plot "frail and outrageous. I hope people enjoy its ridiculousness."
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It took four tries to get the Mercedes to flip. They eventually had to put an air cannon under it.
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McClane's watch is on the inside of his wrist. That's how Bruce Willis actually wears his watch.
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Danny Cannon was approached to direct, but he was more interested in making Judge Dredd (1995) at the time.
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This was John McTiernan's first real experience shooting in New York City.
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The production built a fountain in Tompkins Square Park just for the movie.
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Trucks aren't allowed on the F.D.R., as stated in the movie by Detective Connie Kowalski (Colleen Camp), but the city made a special exception for the filmmakers.
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The water bottle riddle came from a problem on an exam Jonathan Hensleigh couldn't figure out.
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Jeremy Irons, the main villain, does not physically appear until fifty minutes into the movie.
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The stuntmen aren't acting, when they're running for their lives from the subway car - it was travelling at 45 miles per hour.
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The filmmakers really did pull the pick-up truck off the bridge with a boat.
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Samuel L. Jackson had sandbags tied to his feet so he would sink in the underwater shots.
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Film debut of Kevin Chamberlin.
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This movie opened in U.S. theaters on May 19, 1995. Coincidentally, one day earlier on May 18th, Alexander Godunov (co-star from the first "Die Hard" movie) died at the age of 45.
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The dump truck driven by John McClane has "Thur & Samson Earth Movers, Inc." on the door. The locations department for the movie include a Pamela Thur and Robin F. Samson.
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When Simon, posing as the city engineer, meets Ricky Walsh, you can see a blurry, but visible red sign on the building in the background. This is the Home Insurance Company building, and that company purchased the red cover so that it would be seen in the movie as they felt that the original bronze signage would not be visible.
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First Die Hard to not show John in the first scene.
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The FBI questioned Jonathan Hensleigh, because he knew so much about the actual vaults. An anonymous FBI agent said, "It sounds crazy, but somebody could pull this off."
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Some of the violent and bloody scenes from the film had to be cut down for R rating after John McTiernan's original cut got an NC-17 rating. For example, cuts were made on some of the death scenes and the fight scene between McClane and Targo was heavily cut. If you look closely during the scene where McClane beats Targo with a chain, one moment he is hitting him with it, and in next shot, when Targo is on the ground, he has the chain around his face. The on-set "Making of" documentary shows some clips of deleted and alternative scenes, including one which shows the uncut death of the guy that McClane shoots on the boat.
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Sam Phillips (Katya) was relieved her character was mute throughout the movie. "But as time went on, I started wanting to speak.'"
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Some of the bad guys are big, but some of them are standing on boxes to loom over McClane even more.
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John McTiernan liked the 1961 Mack truck so much, that he bought the truck after the movie finished.
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Jonathan Hensleigh bought all the Mother Goose books for inspiration for Simon's lines.
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This is the only Die Hard movie in which Bruce Willis does not have sole above-the-title billing.
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The last time producers Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon were involved with the Die Hard franchise.
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Similarities between the first screenplay and Under Siege (1992) were not the only holdup for the five-year gap between Die Hard 2 (1990) and this entry. Personal and financial tensions during the making of Die Hard 2, as well as The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) and Predator 2 (1990), led to 20th Century Fox severing ties with producer Joel Silver. In the interim between the two films, Lawrence Gordon founded his own production company, Largo Entertainment. Gordon and Silver had a rift when Silver wrangled Bruce Willis to star in The Last Boy Scout (1991) instead of the Largo production The Ticking Man, which was never filmed. Willis and Silver had a falling out over the course of making Hudson Hawk (1991) and The Last Boy Scout. This prompted Andrew G. Vajna's Cinergi to produce the third Die Hard film alongside Fox and Hollywood Pictures. Gordon and Silver each received $750,000 buyouts from the Cinergi deal.
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Despite John being a New York cop This Die Hard is the only one that takes place predominantly in NY. The 1st is set in LA, the 2nd is Washington, 4th starts in NY but the majority is in Washington and the 5th is set in Russia.
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Known screenwriter Michael Cristofer, who plays agent Bill Jarvis in this movie, wrote the screenplay for The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990).
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According to John McTiernan, "hundreds of girls were hanging out windows to watch Willis" shooting on Wall Street.
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John McTiernan says a bus came six inches from crashing into Samuel L. Jackson's head. About half of that traffic was real, and the other half was added in post-production.
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John McTiernan declined to direct Batman Forever (1995) in order to make this film.
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Movie guesses both the presidential candidates from 2016 (Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton).
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In the later part of the movie, McClane ridicules Targo (played by Nick Wyman), for his size, by calling him 'Lurch', making specific reference to The Addams Family (1964) television show. The scene immediately cuts to bomb expert Charlie Weiss (played by Kevin Chamberlin), who years later, would be cast as Uncle Fester, in Addams Family the Musical, on Broadway.
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Each of the first three 'Die Hard' films has a connection and/or reference to at least one of the three countries of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Here, in the third one, it is during the scene when Walsh mentions Oslo, and Cobb asks, "Norway?".
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This film was released six years before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New York City, but has a few eery coincidences with that real-life incident. The World Trade Center is seen in the film and its previous 1993 bombing is mentioned. Also, the film appears to take place in September - kids are in school, but it's an "Indian summer" (hot weather late in the year).
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Interestingly Mathias Targo (Nick Wyman) is furious to discover that the containers are filled with scrap rather than the gold which is supposedly to be blown up, leveling the economic "playing field" of the world. this may mean that he, unlike Simon, Katya and seemingly all the other terrorist's believe that there was a genuine ideological motivation behind the plot. He would perhaps be the first terrorist in the series to be truly acting for such reasons rather than for simple financial gain.
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While the highway scenes are supposed to take place on the Saw Mill Parkway in Westchester County, New York, they were actually filmed on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and on the Taconic Parkway in Putnam County, New York.
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The radioplay TKKG - Folge 183: Blindgänger im Villenviertel makes many references to the Die Hard movies, including the character name John McClane.
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The racial argument is partially based on The Defiant Ones (1958).
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In carrying on the Die Hard Christmas theme, when the bomb tech is defusing the bomb at the school, he sings "six booby traps , four dead ends and a partridge in a pear tree."
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Shane Black turned down an offer to write the screenplay after the original Troubleshooter draft was discarded.
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In the limo, Ricky Walsh calls Mathias Targo "MaTHias Targo" which is incorrect the actual English pronunciation for his name is like saying "Matt".
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Sgt. Yates, a police detective and minor character on South Park (1997), was based on Larry Bryggman's performance as Inspector Walter Cobb, as well as his likeness.
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Highest grossing movie of the year 1995
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During a press conference to promote the film's release, Bruce Willis pre-emptively told reporters that he would not discuss the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing in any way because he did not want to trivialize that real-world tragedy by comparing it in any way to a fictional movie.
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The scenes involving the subway bombing were filmed in an abandoned nuclear missile silo in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Sam Phillips said that the sequence where Katya uses a knife to slice up a security guard until he is dead was hard for her film, but she also admitted that it became easier when she noticed the actor playing the guard looked sort of like a real person she despised: Rush Limbaugh.
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Other Bruce Willis movies that feature a stutterer are The Sixth Sense (1999) and Color of Night (1994).
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This is the first Die Hard film that is not a Christmas film.
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There are two solutions to the water jug riddle in the park, at the elephant fountain. To place exactly 4 gallons of water on the scales when you only have two jugs which hold 3 and 5 gallons respectively, you must do either of the following. 1. Fill the 5 gallon jug and decant the water into the 3 gallon jug. This leaves two gallons in the big jug. 2. Empty the 3 gallon jug and pour in the two gallons from the 5 gallon jug, leaving space for one gallon in the small jug. 3. Refill the 5 gallon jug and pour water from it into the 3 gallon jug until the small jug's full. 4. That leaves exactly four gallons in the big jug; put it on the scale and the bomb is disarmed. The second method is: 1. Fill the 3 gallon jug and pour the water into the 5 gallon jug. 2. Refill the 3 gallon jug, and pour into the 5 gallon jug until the big jug is full, leaving one gallon in the small jug. 3. Empty the big jug, and transfer the one gallon from the small jug to the big jug. 4. Refill the small jug and pour all three gallons into the 5 gallon jug, resulting in four gallons in the big jug. Place the big jug on the scale and the bomb is disarmed.
Despite not being set at Christmas, it still references Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990) (which were set at Christmas) with sarcastic comments regarding Santa Claus. The shoplifting kids also say "It's Christmas, you could steal city hall!" While in the aqueduct, McClane further mentions "We got a report of some guy coming through here with eight reindeer", then shoots the terrorist and continues, "They said he was a jolly old fat guy, with a snowy white beard, and a cute little red-and-white suit. I'm surprised you guys didn't see him."
McClane only has two bullets at his disposal to kill Simon in the finale of the film. He also only had two bullets in the first Die Hard to kill Simon's brother, Hans, and his last remaining associate.
When posing as a city engineer, Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons) uses a heavy American accent to fool his adversaries. The same trick was used by his brother Hans (Alan Rickman) in Die Hard (1988). Like his brother, Simon also uses a hostage situation as a front for a big heist, and despite extensive communication between him and McClane, they do not meet in person until the end.
The 2003 R1 DVD version includes the original ending showing McClane and Simon playing a game of 'chicken' with a rocket launcher. In this original version, Simon Gruber and his crew get away with the gold and months later, McClane tracks Simon down in Eastern Europe (where in Europe is debated: McClane mentions Germany, but people in the background are heard speaking Hungarian) The number on the bottom of the aspirin bottle (at the phone booth) leads McClane to Gruber. The gold was turned into small miniatures of the Empire State building and smuggled out of the country. McClane is thrown off the force, with the police thinking that he may actually be involved in the heist. The "game" that McClane and Simon play is about riddles that McClane tells Simon, and he is supposed to figure out the answer, or McClane will force him to fire a rocket launcher with its directional arrows removed, so neither will know which direction it will fire in until it is actually fired. The scene climaxes with McClane forcing Simon at gunpoint to fire the rocket launcher, which kills Simon, and McClane is revealed to be wearing a flak-jacket, which would have saved his life if the rocket launcher had fired at him instead of Simon. The studio objected to the ending, saying that it made McClane too cruel and heartless, whereas screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh stated that that was exactly the point: to show that McClane had been pushed over the edge by the events of that day, and then subsequently losing everything as a result of Simon.
John McClane doesn't kill a bad guy until over an hour into this movie. That is longer than any Die Hard movie.
Each of the Gruber brothers, Simon and Hans, have a man named "Karl" on his team. Karl in Die Hard (1988) is the thief shot by Sergeant Powell at the end. In this film, Karl is stationed at the Federal Reserve bank, and is killed by McClane in the elevator sequence.
The subway scene, when Zeus is held at gunpoint by the police officer, is more or less the same scene that Samuel L. Jackson re-played later as "Frozone" in The Incredibles (2004). In both scenes, Jackson had to reach for something while a nervous police officer told him to "freeze".
The final fight between McClane and Simon takes place at a truck stop in Quebec, in the movie. The scenes were filmed at the TA truck stop off of I-95 in Jessup, Maryland.
A novelization by Deborah Chiel was first published on May 28, 1995. The novel is written in Third Person Omniscient and has a somewhat darker tone in comparison to the final film. The novel provides a deeper exploration into McClane's psyche, and sees how angry and broken he has become, since leaving Holly and becoming an alcoholic. McClane's introduction is also different. In the film, McClane is first seen in the police van to Harlem, while being briefed on what is going on. The novel includes a scene before this, where Connie and Joe find McClane in his messy apartment. Simon's henchwoman Katya appears much later into the story, than she does in the film. She isn't involved in the Federal Reserve robbery, and instead appears just before Simon and Targo take off in one of the dump trucks. Like the final film, she ends up killing Targo for Simon. The original placement of the "Yippee-Ki-Yay" line is included. Instead of being used at the end, McClane uses the line when talking to Simon over the radios while in the aqueducts. This was meant to be in the same vein, as the original use of the line, in the first movie. Zeus' original backstory is presented in the novel, explaining why he's looking after his nephews and why he hates white people. During the car chase, Zeus explains that his brother was killed during a drug raid. When McClane suggests that it was his brother's own fault, Zeus explains that his brother was never involved in drugs, and the only reason he was there was to bring Zeus home. The novel also uses the "McClane Says" ending rather than the film's version of the finale.
In real life, Alan Rickman was more than two and a half years older than Jeremy Irons, despite the fact that in the 'Die Hard' film series, Irons plays the older brother.
After Zeus drives through NYC and sees the Twin Towers when he's in the train station there's a clock that reads 9 minutes and 11 seconds
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