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Live Free or Die Hard: Unrated Version [2007]

Director:Len Wiseman
Writer:Mark Bomback
Composer:Marco Beltrami
Length:130 minutes
(2 hours 10 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Independence Day
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:81%
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Synopsis: McClane is called upon to bring in a hacker who might be connected to a group of cyber terrorists. And thus starts the newest buddy comedy pairing in this series.

Reaction: This one does a great job of recapturing what we liked the most about the original, while still being very much its own story. McClane has definitely toughened up in four movies.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Len Wiseman => Director
Mark Bomback => Writer
Marco Beltrami => Composer
William Wisher Jr. => Executive Producer
Bruce Willis => John McClane
Chris Ellis => Scalvino (as Chris Ellis Jr.)
Cliff Curtis => Bowman
George W. Bush => Himself (Archive Footage) (archive footage)
Jonathan Sadowski => Trey
Justin Long => Matt Farrell
Kevin Smith => Warlock
Maggie Q => Mai
Mary Elizabeth Winstead => Lucy
Matt O'Leary => Clay
Richard Nixon => Himself (Archive Footage) (archive footage)
Tim De Zarn => Police Sergeant (as Tim deZarn)
Tim Russ => Chuck Summer
Timothy Olyphant => Thomas Gabriel
Zeljko Ivanek => Molina

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • While the line "Yippee-ki-yay, mother*$@^#%!" is used in all Four [Die Hard] movies, a gunshot masks the '*$@^#%!' part in the latest installment. It also translates in Urdu to "here eat this"
  • Justin Timberlake was in talks to play John McClane's son.
  • When filming the scenes of John walking through the corridors talking to Gabriel on the two-way, there were no written lines of dialog for Bruce Willis, according to Len Wiseman on the DVD Commentary. So what they did on set was have Willis hold the two-way up to his mouth and speak gibberish so it looks like he's talking to Gabriel. If you'll notice, there are a couple of times where the two-way isn't all the way up to Willis's face and you can see his mouth doesn't match the dialog being spoken.
  • In the beginning of the film, John McClane and Lucy have an argument that eventually leads to them discussing her use of her mother's last name, "Gennaro." A similar argument takes place in Die Hard, when McClane is searching for the location of his wife, Holly, in the Nakatomi building. He does not find her under "McClane," but does find her under her maiden name "Gennaro."
  • All the IP-addresses shown in the movie are legal ones. However, most start with either 10, 172.16 or 192.168. Those numbers are reserved for local traffic only. Matt transfers the data with scp to, which is owned by a Japanese company.
  • When McClane throws Russo down the stairs, the stuntman landed so hard that his impact dented one of the thick metal steps.
  • [?] Jessica Simpson auditioned unsuccessfully for the role of Bruce Willis' daughter. She can be seen on the way to the audition and coming out of the audition in [Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica] episode {Mismatched Threesome}.
  • The name "Tovarek", which Mai Lihn uses as an FBI agent, is a Polish word and one of it meanings is "hot chick" (the correct Polish word is "towarek", but it's pronounced like this).
  • Director Len Wiseman credits actor Timothy Olyphant (Thomas Gabriel) with coming up with the idea of how McClane kills Gabriel. In order to keep it a secret, the scene was not included in the film's shooting script.
  • Kevin Smith rewrote the lines for his Warlock character. Bruce Willis thought the rewrite was too funny and did not follow the serious mood of the movie. Smith then rewrote the part to what Willis requested.
  • The stunt featuring McClane driving a police car into a helicopter took three weeks to rehearse. The shot was accomplished by suspending the helicopter in the air with cables and combining two separate shots; one of the stuntman leaping from the helicopter and one of the car colliding with it. Computer animation was then used to delete the support cables and add rotor blades.
  • The film's climax originally involved McClane racing alongside an exploding gas pipeline on a motorcycle with Matt in a sidecar. The idea evolved into Gabriel trying to kill McClane and Matt by routing gas to their location through the pipelines.