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MPAA Rated R for strong violence and pervasive strong language

Sex & Nudity

  • Towards the end, a man throws a woman down on a table, she is in her bra, he bends over to kiss her, like something going to happen but scene jumps to the next scene.

Violence & Gore

  • There is an intense car chase scene in a tunnel. During this scene, McClane shoots two men point-blank, killing them.
  • Theres a car chase in which McClane trades bullets with two bad guys. The bad guys' car crashes, resulting in the deaths of both men.
  • Simon shoots Zeus in the leg on the ferry.
  • A bomb is thrown out the back of a moving subway car, the explosion causes chaos as it derails the train & its momentum tears through part of the rail way. Big explosion and many injured people.
  • A brief point blank shootout with 5 men in an elevator results in alot of blood.
  • A man's necks is slashed with several cuts. Impacts are not shown but blood sprays & covers both involved. Short but graphic.
  • McClane slams a man's head in a door several times.
  • A man is sliced in half by a high-tension cable. Very, very brief. There is some blood spray but this is easy to miss.
  • Two men fight hand-to-hand, one is beaten with a length of chain for a few seconds. Not graphic, but pretty brutal.
  • Two men explode the handcuffs constricting them to a pole, and both scream in pain.
  • A building explodes in the beginning.
  • A man is stabbed with a piece of wood. Little blood.
  • A helicopter hits electric wires, crashes and explodes, killing everyone in it.
  • A large boat explodes, and McClane and Zeus jump off of it.
  • A gang a costs a man, breaks a bottle on his head, blood, also cut another man's arm, blood seen. Many bottles thrown as both escape the scene.
  • McClane is often partially covered in blood.


  • Approximately 100 uses of 'fuck', 65 uses of 'shit', 27 uses of 'hell', 29 uses of 'ass' (13 used as 'asshole'), 13 uses of 'damn', 3 uses of "son of a bitch", and 6 uses of 'piss'.
  • At least 4 N words (one written).

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There are a few scenes where smoking is shown.
  • John is seen taking aspirin several times during the movie.
  • The protagonist of the film is a borderline alcoholic; he has a hangover throughout the film.
  • The main antagonist and a lot of henchmen are seen drinking champagne briefly in one scene near the end of the film.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Much one on one violence, mainly with guns, otherwise, with fists & whatever people could grab to use as a weapon. A school is said to have a bomb in it and will explode. (Only very few children are frightened -- most don't know what is going on.)
  • A subway train blows up, causing it to turn sideways and slide across the train stop area, no one dies.
  • A woman stabs several security guards with knives. Pretty violent and intense.
  • Very suspenseful.
  • A lot of the deaths in this movie are violent, and that may be disturbing/upsetting to some younger viewers.
  • The tunnel scene is very intense.
  • The train crash scene is very intense.
  • The final shootout is intense.
  • The entire boat scene is pretty intense.
  • The car chase is very brutal and intense.
  • The fountain/bomb disarming scene is intense.
  • The bomb threat scenes are all very intense, particularly the school scene.

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