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Surprising Details You Might Have Missed in ‘Die Hard’

 

1

Ellis the asshole executive is caught doing cocaine early in the movie

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Later on, Ellis is working with the terrorists and one of the goons brings him a can of Coke. Knowing Ellis, he probably wasn’t asking for a soda

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via ARookwood

2

Actor Alan Rickman had a hard time shooting guns on set, partly because the blanks were so loud

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Whenever Hans Gruber fires a gun in the movie, there’s a smash cut pretty much immediately because Rickman couldn’t stop flinching during filming

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Look closely when Gruber shoots Takagi and you’ll see Rickman starting to wince before the camera cuts away

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3

When the police car drives backwards behind Argyle, for a split second you can see the body of the terrorist (the one John threw out the window) fly off the hood

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via Vicinus

4

At the beginning of the movie, we see John get off a plane with a teddy bear wearing a red ribbon

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As it so happens, Director John McTiernan’s next movie, The Hunt For Red October, ends with Alec Baldwin’s character on a plane, napping… next to a teddy bear wearing a red ribbon

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5

This dude on the left is CLEARLY gonna walk straight into the wall, but the camera cuts away just in time

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6

The scene where Hans Gruber pretends to be a dopey American was all shot with Dutch angles, which are designed to unsettle the audience and throw them off-balance. It’s the only scene in the movie to use this technique.

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via Trahbag

7

The terrorists’ truck reads “Pacific Courier”…

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…which also happens to be plastered on the side of the plane that the bus crashes into in the movie ‘Speed’ (they even have the same circular logo)

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Then in Die Hard With a Vengeance, when Hans Gruber’s brother comes back for revenge, a truck labeled “Atlantic Courier” is overturned

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8

John McClane notoriously went barefoot while fighting terrorists in the movie, but at certain moments you can spot the prosthetic foot “boot” Bruce Willis uses in action scenes

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9

Hans Gruber’s undoing is set up early in the movie, when John McClane says that he’ll look at Holly’s new rolex “later”

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In fact, when John does see the watch, he’s unlatching it from Holly’s wrist, which is what causes Hans to fall to his death

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10

Following the explosion at the end of the movie, the sky is littered with papers fluttering down — it’s as close to snow on Christmas that LA is ever going to get

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