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A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

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John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.


John Moore


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... John McClane
Jai Courtney ... Jack McClane
Sebastian Koch ... Komarov
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lucy
Yulia Snigir ... Irina
Radivoje Bukvic ... Alik (as Rasha Bukvic)
Cole Hauser ... Collins
Amaury Nolasco ... Murphy
Sergey Kolesnikov ... Chagarin
Roman Luknár ... Anton
Zolee Ganxsta Zolee Ganxsta ... MRAP Driver (as Ganxsta Doglegy Zolee)
Péter Takátsy ... Prosecutor
Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Cabbie
Megalyn Echikunwoke ... Pretty Reporter
Melissa Tang ... Lucas


Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. Written by Guy from Estonia

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Yippee Ki-Yay Mother Russia See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


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. See more »


During the car chase John is called twice by Lucy and the same clip of him saying, "I'll have to call you back," is used both times. It's obviously out of place the second time because he shouldn't be going downhill. See more »


John McClane: What's with the "John" shit? What happened to "Dad"?
Jack McClane: That's a good question.
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Alternate Versions

Mary Elizabeth Winstead's scenes were cut in the extended version of the film.
  • In the first airport scene, she no longer drops her father off. The scene was reedited, in the last shot you can only see Bruce Willis getting out of the car, but you can't see any driver. You only hear voice sounding like Amaury Nolasco's character.
  • During the car chase in Moscow, she doesn't call McClane anymore. This time father and son can look at each other in the slow motion shot.
  • The end scene at the airport was cut, the movie ends with the aerial Chernobyl shot. Despite she's not in this version, her name still appears in the end credits.
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Written by Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel and Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performed by Stan Getz, João Gilberto
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Really Disappointing Sequel Should End It
13 February 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

** (out of 4)

The fifth film in the series finds John McClane (Bruce Willis) going to Russia after learning that his son Jack (Jai Courtney) is in prison for murder. Once over there John runs into Jack and sees that there's more to the story and soon they're battling a wide range of bad guys. A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD is a pretty bad movie but the only thing that keeps my rating from being lower is the disappointment of how bad it is. I say the disappointment is rather heartbreaking because the first four films in the series were actually very good and intelligent action movies but this one here is just a loud mess. I'm going to place a lot of the blame on director John Moore who pumps up the soundtrack with loud music and other noises but sadly he doesn't make anything on the screen very interesting or entertaining. I found the entire story dealing with the bad guys to be rather bland and uninvolving. I found the back and forth between the upset son and father to be boring. I found no real development in any of the characters and the entire relationship between John and Jack is just silly. I also thought the action scenes were mostly disappointing and this includes the horrendous, CGI crap fest at the end. The ending is so embarrassing because of how fake it looks and not for a second do you actually believe anything you're watching. I'm not going to give away a bunch of spoilers but there wasn't a single frame of film that was believable. Even the usual classic one-liners are dead flat here and not a single one of them works. Willis just seems to be going through the motions. Yes, he fits into the role just fine but there's no energy going on in his performance. Courtney is a good action star but I felt very little here and even less chemistry with Willis. Sebastian Koch is good in his role but no one else really stands out in the cast. Again, had the disappointment of how bad this film wasn't strong enough to numb me, I think I would have rated this thing even lower. It's really a shame that this fifth film turned out so bad but there's just nothing good going on here. This becomes clear by the ten-minute mark after a wild chase sequence that just doesn't spark any real interest. With so much stuff going wrong here it's easy to see that they should have scrapped this film early on. Still, four out of five isn't too bad.

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Release Date:

14 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,834,845, 17 February 2013

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