Live Free or Die Hard
Live Free or Die Hard
An old-fashioned cop emerges to foil a high-tech attack on the country's computer infrastructure as Bruce Willis brings back one of the biggest action franchises in screen history. It's been over a decade since audiences last saw New York cop John McClane (Willis), but now, as the world's greatest criminal mastermind (Timothy Olyphant) attempts to cripple the entire country with an innovative act of technological terrorism, only one cop can insure that the integrity of the system stays intact. In this, the fourth installment of the long-running action series, Underworld director Len Wiseman picks up the torch formerly carried by directors John McTiernan and Renny Harlin to helm a script penned by Mark Bomback.

Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant, Cliff Curtis, Maggie Q

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Year: 2007
Running Time: 129 minutes
Genre: Action
Rating: PG13

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The movie's title, "Live Free or Die Hard", is a reference to New Hampshire's State Motto "Live Free or Die". Consequently, the New Hampshire state film office received several phone calls asking where in the state the movie was filmed.

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As is common in movies, none of the IP addresses shown on screen (,,, etc.) are "live". They are used for private address spaces. Addresses from those blocks can be used by anyone without any need to coordinate with any Internet registry.

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The names on screen are: Morris Frutinger, Matthew Farrell, Joseph Hvelvic and Timothy White.

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When Kevin Smith's name fades out, you can see that his last name spells "SITH" for a moment. This is a reference to his extreme love of Star Wars - A "sith" is a Jedi of the "dark side".

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Names on screen: Clay Wheeler, Chris Kieffer, David Heinz, Andrew Miller and Vincent Parker.

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The video game Gears of War for the Xbox 360 is featured twice in the film: on televisions in the first hacker's apartment and in the Warlock's basement.

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Names on screen: Ken Terry, Richard Whitfield, Paula Kucharsky.

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"Black hat" is a term used for "bad guy", as is old western movies, the bad guy usually wore a black hat. The term has lived on in the computer world meaning someone who hacks computers.

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Filming location: University of Southern California, Hahn Plaza, Trousdale Pkwy. & Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA.

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Jessica Simpson auditioned unsuccessfully for the role of Bruce Willis's daughter. She can be seen on the way to the audition and coming out of the audition in "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica Mismatched Threesome."

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John McClane and Lucy have an argument that eventually leads to them discussing her use of her mother's last name, Gennero. This was also a discussion in the first Die Hard (1988) film, as seen when John McClane is searching for the location of his wife, Holly, in the Nakatomi building. He does not find her under Holly McClane, but does find her under her maiden name Gennero.

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The Terminator action figure in Matt's apartment is a nod to executive producer William Wisher Jr. and composer Marco Beltrami. Wisher co-wrote and appeared in The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and Beltrami composed the score for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).

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All the IP-addresses shown in the movie are legal ones. However, they start with either 10, 172.16 or 192.168. Those numbers are reserved for local traffic only.

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Unbeknownst to McClane and Farrell, the terrorists had already targeted Matt for elimination, via a bomb in his computer. This would be activated by the pressing of a certain key.

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Our old friend John McClane was sent to retrieve computer hacker Matt Farrell. When Farrell answered the door he claimed to be someone else. Who did he claim to be? "Live Free or Die Hard" Part 1 Daisy Duke. Daisy Duke was the name of the buxom, scantily clad star of the television series and movie "The Dukes of Hazzard". Matt's smart-mouthed response immediately identified him as having the same kind of attitude as McClean himself. The two characters played well off of each other. McClane had been asked to pick Matt up and bring him in for questioning by the F.B.I. because they were ex

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What ended up hitting the key and detonating the bomb? "Live Free or Die Hard" Part 1 An action figure fell on it.. The terrorists were monitoring Matt's house, waiting to make sure that he was dead. McClane's arrival stopped him from hitting the appropriate key, so the terrorists opened fire on the apartment. In the resultant destruction, an action figure got knocked over, bounced off the keyboard and set off the bomb, but no one was sitting next to it at the time. It was difficult to tell exactly which key was the trigger, but the camera kept focusing on the area containing the Delete

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When McClane is driving in Jersey and talking to the chief captain of Camden, the guy's name is Wiseman, same name as the director, Len Wiseman

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