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This was the first Die Hard film where the original script was explicitly written as an entry in the Die Hard series. The first Die Hard (1988) film was based on a novel by Roderick Thorp. Die Hard 2 (1990) was first written as a script based on Walter Wager's novel '58 Minutes'. Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) famously took its basic idea from Jonathan Hensleigh's screenplay Simon Says. Live Free or Die Hard (2007) was retro-fitted from the original screenplay WW3.com, which was nearly filmed on its own merits before the 9/11 terrorist attacks caused it to be shelved.
Bruce Willis has openly stated he would like to bring back Bonnie Bedelia to the franchise. She originally played the character of Holly Gennaro McClane, the wife of Bruce Willis' character John McClane in Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990) in the film franchise. Her character hasn't been utilized in the franchise since.
John McClane's cellphone ringtone, is Ludwig van Beethoven's Ode to Joy, a theme song of the first Die Hard (1988) film.
Each film in the Die Hard series contains a scene involving an elevator.
This is the first Die Hard (1988) sequel since Die Hard 2 (1990) where a performer (besides Bruce Willis) has reprised a role as a cameo. Mary Elizabeth Winstead reprises her role of Lucy McClane from Live Free or Die Hard (2007). Besides Winstead and Willis, the only other actors to appear more than once in the "Die Hard" films are Reginald VelJohnson, William Atherton, and Bonnie Bedelia (who all appeared in the first two entries), Anthony Peck who played a young cop in the first and Ricky Walsh in the third film and Aldis Hodge who played Zeus' nephew Raymond in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), and CIA Agent Foxy in this film (wearing military fatigues and telling Jack his window for extraction is lost). However, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is completely cut out of the extended director's cut of the film.
The Russian gang had no actual Russian members. The roles were played by Slovakian, Hungarian, Serbian, Mongolian and Ukrainian actors.
Aaron Paul, Liam Hemsworth, James Badge Dale, Paul Walker, Ben Foster, Shiloh Fernandez, Milo Ventimiglia, Paul Dano, Steven R. McQueen, and D.J. Cotrona were considered to play John McClane's son. The role ultimately was earned by Jai Courtney.
Filming of the Mi-24 Hind helicopter firing scenes took place at a military shooting range where Major Peter Simon, Air Operations Commander of Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force (the pilot of the helicopter in all scenes) operated the gunship's Gryazev-Shipunov GS-30-2k (30 mm) auto-cannons and S-8 (80 mm) rockets with live ammunition to make sure the shooting effects will be as realistic as possible. Background and targets were applied in post-production.
The largest helicopter in the film is a Mil Mi-26 (NATO reporting name: Hind). It is also the largest and the most powerful helicopter ever produced.
The shortest and worst critically received movie in the whole series.
Jai Courtney and Robert Patrick share the distinction of appearing in the Die Hard series, and the Terminator series. Jai Courtney appears as Jack McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) and as Kyle Reese in Terminator Genisys (2015). Robert Patrick appears in Die Hard 2 (1990) as a henchman and in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) as T-1000, a main character.
The city of Pripyat was founded in 1970 for workers at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Bruce Willis is the only cast or crew member involved in all five Die Hard movies.
The Mil Mi-26 transport helicopter seen at the end of the movie was rented from the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus. The original color of the helicopter is white. The temporary camouflage paint scheme was applied in Hungary, where the helicopter scenes were shot.
The black Mercedes SUV featured in a chase scene is a Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The line was developed after the Shah of Iran suggested it to the Daimler-Benz management as a possible military vehicle. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was a major Daimler shareholder at the time.
At 97 minutes, this is the shortest film in the series since Die Hard 2 (1990).
The Cougar HEV armored truck was portrayed by four replica vehicles: three custom vehicles made by the specialists of Team Szalay, built on chassis of military surplus 6-wheeled ZIL 131 trucks, and powered by Ural truck engines. The fourth replica used for jump stunts was made in the U.S. and was powered by a V10 Dodge Viper engine.
In the UK, digital copies of the film were delivered to cinemas with the fake title "Simon Says", the original name of Jonathan Hensleigh's screenplay for Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995).
Shot with Super 35, and with the series' traditional 2.35:1 scope aspect ratio in mind, director John Moore re-framed the film to 1.85:1 (possible through the Super 35 format) after deciding the opening car chase sequence looked better that way. He also believed the 1.85:1 ratio would better accommodate the hand-held camera work scenes.
The "Idiot's Travel Guide to Moscow" that McClane flips through in the back of the cab is listed as being written by Tom Karnowski, one of the film's executive producers.
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The first Die Hard film to be released in the IMAX format.
Uranium-235 is a rare isotope of Uranium-238, with atoms that contain the same number of protons but fewer neutrons. "Weapons grade Uranium" is refined Uranium-235 containing less than 15% Uranium-238.
The first Die Hard film to be shown in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, as well as the first to be shot on Fuji film stock.
The McClanes steal a Maybach 57. Maybach is Daimler AG's premium marque, but it is operating at a loss. Daimler will cease Maybach production in 2013.
This is Aldis Hodge's second appearance in the Die Hard series. His first appearance was in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), where he played Zeus' older nephew.
Noam Murro was originally the director, but his commitment to the film 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) prevented him from working on this film. Other directors considered including Joe Cornish, Justin Lin and Nicolas Winding Refn.
Murphy, played by Amaury Nolasco refers to McClane as 'papi', which is a term that Nolasco's character of Sucre often used in the television series Prison Break (2005).
The 6-wheeled Force Protection Cougar HEV truck used in the street chase and car destruction scenes was driven by Zolee Ganxsta (real name: Zoltán Zana), a well-known Hungarian rapper and drummer, also famous for his extensive tattoos, playing a Russian gangster.
Justin Timberlake was considered for the role of John McClane, Jr. (a.k.a. Jack).
Eric Jacobus and his stunt team designed (and filmed a screen test) of a fight scene between Bruce Willis and Radivoje Bukvic. The scene would have featured Alik attacking John McClane with a knife on a rooftop, but their choreography was not utilized.
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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 only Die Hard movie in the series to take place outside the mainland or airspace of the USA.
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The first film produced by TSG Entertainment.
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Amaury Nolasco appears in this movie and Max Payne (2008). Both films are directed by John Moore, produced by 20th Century Fox, and feature stylized scenes of slow motion action (bullet time). In this film, he plays an NYPD officer and partner of the main character. In Max Payne, he was an antagonist to the main character, who was an NYPD detective.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Chagarin visits Komorov in the prison, Komorov plays a white chess piece before flipping to the black chess side of the board. This, of course, hints his duality later in the film.
This is the first Die Hard movie where John McClane does not kill the main antagonist.
In Live Free or Die Hard (2007), his daughter Lucy calls him "John", but by the end of the movie she changes to "Dad". In this movie, Jack calls his father "John" and not "Dad", but towards the end of the movie, he also changes, and starts calling John "Dad".
Becomes the 4th out of the 5 films to feature an exploding helicopter, but if you count the planes from Die Hard 2 (1990), then all five films have had an aircraft explode in mid air.
In the final action scene, the helicopter pilot says that the controls are at "full forward cyclic." This means that the cyclic stick (the joystick-like control) is pushed all the way forward in an attempt to bring the nose down.
This is the second movie in the series that both of John McClane's kids calls him by his first name "John", and not "Dad".
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The private jet seen at the end of the film is a Hawker 400XP.
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Exterior shots of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant were filmed on location near Pripyat. Scenes inside the radiation-contaminated vault and right outside the building were replica sets filmed at an Old Soviet Hungarian Air Base.
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