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MPAA Rated R for strong violence and pervasive strong language

Sex & Nudity

  • There is one brief implied sex scene between two villains, but is interrupted before anything graphic is shown. No nudity, although shirts are removed.

Violence & Gore

  • There is an intense car chase scene in a tunnel. During this scene, McClane shoots two men point-blank, killing them.
  • There is an intense car chase scene on a freeway, in which McClane trades bullets with some bad guys. The bad guys' car crashes, resulting in the deaths of both men.
  • People are shot throughout the film. We often see bullet wounds, some of which are bloody, some of which are not. One instance includes 2 people being shot with several bullets before quickly dying, followed by some trickles of blood appearing.
  • A man is sliced by a knife three times by a woman. There is no sight of any actual impacts but there are some very realistic sound effects. The first slash contains some blood spraying onto the wall nearby. There is also some blood seen on the man's neck and the woman's hands.
  • Multiple men are shot in an elevator. There are some bullet wounds that are not bloody. One of these men is shot in the head point-blank offscreen, followed by blood spurting all over McClane's face.
  • 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 or brutal.
  • A man dies by having his head smashed with a door. Not seen onscreen but strongly implied.
  • A man is stabbed with a piece of wood. Little blood.
  • A helicopter hits electric wires, crashes and explodes, killing everyone in it.
  • A few explosions.
  • McClane is attacked by a mob; He's threatened with a knife, has a glass bottle smashed over his head, etc. Zeus is accidentally slashed with a knife. This is implied and not seen however. You do see blood on his shirt though. There is also some blood on McClane's head.
  • McClane is often partially covered in blood.


  • Around 120-130 uses of fuck and its variations, especially the use of his trademark "muthafucka" by Samuel L Jackson.
    • 65 uses of Shit
    • 3 uses of Shitload
    • 2 uses of Bullshit
    • 27 uses of Hell
  • As with the other Die Hard Movies, plenty of language, although nothing over-the-top
    • 16 uses of Ass
    • 13 uses of Asshole
    • 13 uses of Damn
    • 6 uses of Piss
    • 3 uses of Son of a Bitch
    • At least 4 derogatory terms for African-Americans (one written)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There are a few Scenes Of Smoking
  • 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.
  • Very suspenseful.
  • MPAA (USA) - Rated R for strong violence and pervasive strong language.
  • BBFC (UK) - Rated 15 (strong language, violence).

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