Live Free or Die Hard

June 27th, 2007

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Live Free or Die Hard

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John McClane takes on an Internet-based terrorist organization who is systematically shutting down the United States.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.4/10 (175,721 voted)

Critic's Score: 69/100

Director: Len Wiseman

Stars: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant

When someone hacks into the computers at the FBI's Cyber Crime Division; the Director decides to round up all the hackers who could have done this. When he's told that because it's the 4th of July most of their agents are not around so they might have trouble getting people to get the hackers. So he instructs them to get local PD'S to take care of it. And one of the cops they ask is John McClane who is tasked with bringing a hacker named Farrell to the FBI. But as soon as he gets there someone starts shooting at them. McClane manages to get them out but they're still being pursued. And it's just when McClane arrives in Washington that the whole system breaks down and chaos ensues.

Writers: Mark Bomback, Mark Bomback

Bruce Willis - John McClane
Timothy Olyphant - Thomas Gabriel
Justin Long - Matthew 'Matt' Farrell
Maggie Q - Mai Linh
Cliff Curtis - FBI Deputy Director Miguel Bowman
Jonathan Sadowski - Trey
Andrew Friedman - Casper
Kevin Smith - Frederick 'Warlock' Kaludis
Yorgo Constantine - Russo
Cyril Raffaelli - Rand
Chris Palermo - Del (as Christopher Palermo)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead - Lucy Gennaro McClane
Sung Kang - Raj
Zeljko Ivanek - Agent Molina
Christina Chang - Taylor

Taglines: Yippee Ki Yay Mo - John 6:27


Official Website: 20th Century Fox [Japan] | 20th Century Fox [United States] |

Release Date: 27 June 2007

Filming Locations: 105 Freeway, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $33,369,559 (USA) (1 July 2007) (3408 Screens)

Gross: $134,527,196 (USA) (4 November 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (unrated version)

Did You Know?

A single frame shot of director Len Wiseman's partner Kate Beckinsale is spliced into the opening credits, when the van is outside the exploding house.

Factual errors: When the government is hit by the first hacker attack, the monitors and screens go dark, implying full power outage. When power is restored, the monitors all revert straight back to displaying programs, rather than to a boot-up screen.

[first lines]
Mai Lihn: Well?
Clay: I'm sending you the code.
Mai Lihn: Yes, I see that. Thank you.

User Review

This movie is not only "Die Hard" x 4...

Rating: 9/10

...but literally a quadruple serving of awesome "Die Hard" action.

My girlfriend and I saw "Live Free Or Die Hard" at a premiere screening last night at Radio City Music Hall. The place holds about 5,000 seats and it was packed.

With an 8:30 start, we got to our seats by 7:30. The movie didn't begin until 9:30!!! Guess who was late?

Julie and I are not particularly big 'Die Hard' fans. And having to catch a train home from Grand Central station at a certain time, we both agreed that if the movie was sub-par, we would split early to get home earlier.

So finally the lights go down around 9:20 and out comes Bruce Willis. He respectfully apologized and then started jazzing up the audience for the film. The excitement was palpable as the crowded theater whooped it up with Bruce shouting "Are you ready!!!"

Well, Julie and I were, as we got swept up in the excitement and cheered aloud as if we were at the ball game. Even the couple next to us, I'd say they were about in their late sixties, dressed very 'proper', were just as energized.

The movie starts and a mere few minutes in, the action explodes. By twenty minutes into the film, Julie and I were sold. Who cares what time we're gonna get home!?

I have not had this much fun at the movies since I can't remember when. I have always loved summer movies, but only the ones that deliver the goods. The action sequences are top shelf, 21st century movie making brilliance. These explosive scenes are a seamless composite of fantastic, real world stunt work, and exceptional CGI. Hands down, they make the film. And for an action movie with 'die hard' in the title, I'd say that was the point.

It was awesome watching this film with so many people because it was like riding a gigantic roller coaster, with everybody having a shared, hair raising experience. People were cheering like when Luke blew up the Death Star. The humor throughout was just right. By the end of the film, our senses were stunned as we dizzily made our way out of the theater, thoroughly entertained.

Excellent summer movie! Well done Bruno and crew!

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