Die Hard

New this month Stupidity: Hans keeps a major part of his plan secret from his own team: that the electromagnetic lock will be disabled if the FBI shuts down power to the building. The mercenaries hired as muscle don't need to know the minutiae of the plan, but it seems ludicrous that Theo wasn't told. Theo states on more than one occasion that he can't proceed past a certain point and that he hopes Hans has a plan for the final lock. Evidently, Hans was keeping this information secret simply to amuse himself, which makes little sense considering how much planning went into the heist.

BaconIsMyBFF
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New this month Suggested correction: Or because he simply doesn't trust anyone with that kind of knowledge. He neither trusts them or cares about them, it's all him.

lionhead

New this month The more people that know the plan the more chances of someone talking. Especially when they are hired mercenaries.

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New this month Theo was already on board with taking hostages and committing murder. Him knowing that the power needed to be shut off to open the last lock doesn't appear to be particularly important information you would need to keep from someone to keep them from talking.

BaconIsMyBFF

New this month So he trusts that Theo would be on board with all the murder and mayhem, open all the other locks, be in a tactical lookout position when the police try to breach, and drive the getaway vehicle. But he doesn't trust Theo enough to tell him the last lock will open when the power goes out?

BaconIsMyBFF

Factual error: Powell says he has a desk job, but he is driving a cruiser. Cruisers are for cops on patrol. A cruiser would not be issued for a cop at a desk, especially not one who's on his way home, as Al says he is.

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Suggested correction: Obviously, since he is out on patrol he's finally back in the field.

Jason Hoffman

He wasn't on patrol, that's the point of the mistake. Powell would never had been in a cruiser (and shouldn't have been asked to check out of the situation). Powell says to McClane "I'm just a desk jockey who was on my way home when you rang." To which McClane says "the way you drove that car I figured you for the street, Al" (meaning patrol). Powell replies "in my youth. In my youth." Ever since Powell shot the kid by mistake, he's been on desk duty and afraid to pull his gun on anyone.

Bishop73

That could have been his own choice though, he could still be an actual street cop but prefers to hang around his desk. That way he still drives a patrol car.

lionhead

Stupidity: The cops try to get in the building by cutting some metal part of the door, it might be the lock. All they have to do is break the glass.

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Suggested correction: The police were attempting to enter the building without causing unnecessary damage. They chose to cut the lock on the door rather than spreading broken glass everywhere.

I don't buy it - this is a very dangerous, fast-moving situation. Even in conventional raids police will use a battering ram to knock down the door, or a shotgun on the hinges. They don't sit there for ages with lockpicks.

Character mistake: An unloaded automatic pistol is much lighter and balanced differently than a loaded one. When McClane hands "Bill Clay" (Gruber) the empty pistol, a terrorist of Gruber's credentials should pick up on the odd balance (I notice that difference, and I very rarely even pick up a gun).

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Suggested correction: This presumes that a person can notice the difference between a fully-loaded pistol versus a pistol that is empty, which makes sense. However, it would be much more difficult for a person to tell that a gun is completely empty versus one that only has one or two bullets loaded. Since Gruber has no way of knowing his ruse didn't work, he doesn't believe McClane would have given him a completely empty gun. He obviously believes there is at the very least one bullet in the gun. He's not planning on getting into a shootout with McClane, he is just planning to threaten him and he certainly doesn't need a fully loaded gun to do that.

BaconIsMyBFF

Suggested correction: It's easy to tell the different between the weight of a loaded vs. unloaded pistol, but given Hans had never held the pistol before, he had no way to compare the weight. Unless he regularly handled that particular model of pistol (unlikely, given his pistol is a completely different make and model) he would have no point of reference.

Jason Hoffman

Most likely scenario. Different models will weigh differently as as stated, unless you got the point of reference how would you know?

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Continuity mistake: When the terrorists launch the rocket at the RV, they break the same window of the building twice. (01:11:55)

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John McClane: A hundred million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister.

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Trivia: During filming, Alan Rickman was found proficient at mimicking American accents; the scene in which McClane and Hans Gruber meet was then inserted.

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