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Sex & Nudity

  • There is a pin-up poster in Marvin's janitorial area hidden behind a curtain. It is briefly visible, but no nudity is clearly seen
  • The Colonel's butt is visible while he practices some form of martial arts in the nude at the beginning of the movie. No frontal nudity is seen.

Violence & Gore

  • Ezperanza is seen strangling a guard to death with a chain.
  • An old man is shot several times inside a church, and his bloody corpse slumps over.
  • McClane and an terrorist fight with an knife with punches and kicks thrown and then McClane stabs the terrorist in the eye with an icicle (graphic).
  • There's a brutal fight in a baggage room of an airport between McClane and two terrorists after a brief shootout. There are brutal punches and kicks, and one terrorist is sprayed with hairspray and smashed with a suitcase. McClane fights the second terrorist on a conveyor belt and jumps off as his opponent is crushed inside it (blood smears are seen), and he tackles the other terrorist, who gets away.
  • There's a lengthy snowmobile chase in which McClane chases several terrorists, and gunfire is exchanged.
  • There's a large shootout between SWAT team and terrorists in a skywalk, and several SWAT men are graphically shot and killed (bloody holes visible). McClane later came and shoots many terrorists and pushes scaffolding over on one terrorist, crushing him.
  • There's a shootout in a church between cops outside and terrorists inside.
  • Plenty of hand-to-hand combat that include headbutts, repeated heavy punches, and kicks.
  • Holly shocks Dick with a stun gun. (comedic)


  • 65 uses of 'f**k' and 'motherf**ker' (one used as trademark "Yippie ki yay, motherf**ker"), 1 use of 'cocksucker'. Many uses of moderate and mild bad language ("son of a bitch", 'shit', 'ass', 'asshole', 'pissing', 'crap', 'hell', 'damn', 'goddamn', 'Jesus', and 'Christ'). Also 1 use of "blow me".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some characters are seen smoking cigarettes and drinking wine.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • An irresponsible report aboard one of the planes sends a sensationalistic report to the media, causing a panic at the airport the staff dearly wanted to avoid. A heroine shocks him with a stun gun to shut him up. While frightening, this can be played for laughs.


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Violence & Gore

  • McClane takes cover inside a plane while Stuart and his men fire guns at him. They throw grenades inside, and he gets into a seat and ejects out of the plane just as the grenades blow it up.
  • A soldier's throat is slit by Grant. We see a bloody gash on his neck. Blood briefly pumps from the wound and gurgling noises are heard as the soldier slumps downwards. This scene is very graphic and makes the rest of the violence in the film seem mild.
  • McClane and Grant brutally fight on the wing of a plane, until Grant is kicked off and sucked into the jet engine (blood spatters). Stuart comes out and fights McClane, resulting in another brutal fist fight with many punches and kicks. McClane bites a chunk out of Stuart's hand, and McClane is kicked off of the plane by Stuart, however he pulls the fuel line, and lights the trail of gas the plane leaves on fire, blowing up the plane and killing Stuart and all of his men on board.
  • A plane violently crashes, resulting in a massive explosion. Everyone on board is killed.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In one scene, a plane full of innocent people crashes and explodes as a result of the main terrorists shutting off the runway lights and sending false electronic navigational information to the pilots.

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