History Trivia / DieHard

10th May '16 4:09:29 PM eroock
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At the suggestion of director John McTiernan, Ludwig van Beethoven's Ode to Joy (Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement) is the musical theme of the terrorists. Hans Gruber, the terrorist leader, even hums it at one point in the movie (while he is on the elevator with Mr. Takagi).
10th May '16 4:08:59 PM eroock
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!!Trivia for ''Die Hard'':


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* {{Improv}}: Much of the script was improvised due to the constant screenplay tweaks that were being made during filming.
At the suggestion of director John McTiernan, Ludwig van Beethoven's Ode to Joy (Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement) is the musical theme of the terrorists. Hans Gruber, the terrorist leader, even hums it at one point in the movie (while he is on the elevator with Mr. Takagi).
18th Apr '16 12:55:24 AM PaulA
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** Creator/RichardGere turned down the role of [=McClane=].
26th Mar '16 5:47:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Many Finnish viewers might recognize boxer, professional wrestler and politician Tony Halme (aka Ludvig Borga) in ''With a Vengeance''.
** [[TheBreakfastClub Mr. Vernon]] is Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson.
** Special Agents Johnson and Johnson (no relation) are [[Film/LicenceToKill Franz Sanchez and Hawkins]]. The former's also known as [[Film/TheGoonies Jake Fratelli]].
** O'Reilly in the second movie is [[TheTerminator T-1000]] and [[SpyKids Mr. Lisp]]!
** [[NYPDBlue Detective Andy Sipowicz]] is Captain Lorenzo!
** Also, [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok]] in ''Live Free or Die Hard''
*** Speaking of, [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Colm Meaney]] in ''Die Hard 2'' [[spoiler:as the pilot of the doomed plane.]]
** One of the terrorists in ''Die Hard'' is [[Film/BillAndTed Genghis Khan]] and ''Die Hard 2'', you won't believe it... [[WesternAnimation/IceAge Sid the Sloth]].
** [[ViewAskewniverse Silent Bob]] in ''Live Free Or Die Hard''.
** [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Vigo the Carpathian]] blows up a SWAT vehicle.
*** And [[WalkerTexasRanger Ranger Trivette]] is the EvilGenius.
** And [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Walter Peck]] is Richard "Dick" Thornburg.
** John's children are [[Film/ScottPilgrim Ramona Flowers]] and [[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Varro]].
** [[Series/{{Heroes}} Emile Danko]] is an FBI agent.
** [[Film/TheLivingDaylights Necros]] is the first {{Mook}} [=McClane=] offs.
** [[Series/LawAndOrder D.A. Arthur Branch]] is Trudeau, the airport chief in ''Die Harder''.
** [[GoodTimes James Evans, Sr.]] is Major Grant.
** [[DancesWithWolves Kicking Bird]] is one of [=McClane=]'s fellow NYPD officers.
*** So is [[Film/{{Clue}} Yvette]].
** [[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin Seville]] is now [=McClane=]'s partner in ''Live Free''?!
** The utility worker in the manhole who is ordered to cut the power in the first movie is [[Film/GroundhogDay Gus]].
** Sgt. Al Powell... you know that is funny, it's the first time that you will likely see this man (actor Reginald Vel Johnson) as a police officer. [[FamilyMatters It will not be his last]], [[TypeCasting far from it honestly]].
** [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption Heywood]] is your BigBad in the second movie.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** The {{Jerkass}} parking cop at the beginning of ''Die Harder'' is none other than [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Detective Harvey Bullock]]
** The Japanese dub of ''A Good Day for Die Hard'' has an interesting casting addition: Jack [=McClane=] is voiced by Sou Nozawa, who is the son of the late Creator/NachiNozawa, who was John [=McClane=] (and BruceWillis)'s Japanese voice actor until his death. Oddly enough, Ben Hiura (who is the current Japanese voice actor for Willis, who replaced Nozawa) didn't voice John in that film: He's voiced by Hidetoshi Nakamura instead, on the other hand, Creator/MieSonozaki (who voiced Lucy [=McLane=] in ''Live Free'') reprise that role in the ''A Good Day'' dub.
6th Feb '16 5:11:22 PM HarryLovesHermione
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** From the same movie, the shot in the elevator shaft where [=McClane=] drops from the vent he was aiming for, but manages to grab the next one down was an accident on the part of the stuntman that [[ThrowItIn made the final cut anyway]].


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** The shot in the elevator shaft where [=McClane=] drops from the vent he was aiming for, but manages to grab the next one down was an accident on the part of the stuntman that [[ThrowItIn made the final cut anyway]].
17th Jan '16 7:50:39 AM LtFedora
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** Al Leong improvised the bit where he takes a candy bar from the concession stand before fighting the SWAT team, as he felt the scene could use some comic relief.
14th Jan '16 5:40:36 PM LtFedora
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** The line "I wanted this to be professional...''he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.''" was an ad lib. Much of the scene where Hans tries to use a fake American accent to pass himself off as a hostage to [=McClane=] was apparently ad-libbed after the producers discovered that Alan Rickman could do a good American impersonation.

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** The line "I wanted this to be professional...''he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.''" was an ad lib. lib; Alan Rickman also improvised the bit of helping himself to the party buffet while saying this. Much of the scene where Hans tries to use a fake American accent to pass himself off as a hostage to [=McClane=] was apparently ad-libbed after the producers discovered that Alan Rickman could do a good American impersonation.
14th Jan '16 4:18:21 PM KamsleyKlan
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* TheOtherDarrin: John's daughter and son appeared as adults in the fourth and fifth films but were played by different (child) actors in the first film.
14th Jan '16 4:16:09 PM Blazer
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** Alan Rickman nearly passed up the role of Hans Gruber, which ended up being his first film role. He had only arrived in Hollywood two days earlier and was appalled by the idea of his first role being the villain in an action film.
8th Dec '15 11:59:52 AM erforce
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* DolledUpInstallment: All of the sequels were originally separate works. ''Die Hard 2'' was based the unrelated novel ''58 Minutes''. ''With a Vengeance'' was based on a screenplay titled ''Simon Says'', which was also conceived as a ''Film/LethalWeapon'' sequel. ''Live Free or Die Hard'' was based on both a magazine article titled ''A Farewell to Arms'' and an unrelated screenplay titled ''[=WW3.com=]''. ''A Good Day to Die Hard'' is the first sequel to begin life as a ''Die Hard'' sequel, though it was originally a rejected screenplay for ''Live Free or Die Hard''.

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* DolledUpInstallment: All of the sequels were originally separate works. ''Die Hard 2'' was based the unrelated novel ''58 Minutes''. ''With a Vengeance'' was based on a screenplay titled ''Simon Says'', which was also conceived as a ''Film/LethalWeapon'' sequel.''Film/LethalWeapon4''. ''Live Free or Die Hard'' was based on both a magazine article titled ''A Farewell to Arms'' and an unrelated screenplay titled ''[=WW3.com=]''. ''A Good Day to Die Hard'' is the first sequel to begin life as a ''Die Hard'' sequel, though it was originally a rejected screenplay for ''Live Free or Die Hard''.
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