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June 21, 2007

Whine: No F-Word In Live Free Or Die Hard; Plus: Die Hard Quiz

A review of the June 27th (I think) release, which notes the Yippie Ki Yay Mother Fucker line is actually censored as "Yippie Ki Yay Mother [GUNSHOT NOISE], which isn't surprising, as that's pretty much what they did for the TV edit of Die Hard II.

Here's a quiz I just knocked together. Despite having seen DH a thousand times, I had trouble remembering quizzie questions about it. And I don't think I've seen that awful DHII more than once, so that's barely in here.

So a lot more questions about Die Hard With a Vengeance than the others, alas.


1) How does the first terrorist killled by McClane in DH die?

2) In Die Hard II, the special-forces units carry machine guns with two magazines taped together. Each magazine has a different color tape on it. What are the colors of the tape, and what do they signify?

3) An actor typecast as playing dick roles played the dick police commander in Die Hard. What is his name?

4) ... and in what famous Gen X touchstone movie did he first establish his dick quals?

5) Die Hard With A Vengeance was actually based on a script originally written for another action movie franchise. What franchise was that?

6) According to a newscaster in DH, Helsinki is in which country?

7) How many steps away from full-blown alcoholism is McClane in DHWAV, according to McClane himself? (Not according to his superior officer, mind you.)

8) What does the Asian "terrorist" steal when taking a defensive position in DH?

9) In DHWAV, McClane is forced to wear a placard reading "I Hate Niggers" while walking around in his underwear in Harlem. This sequence actually required a CGI effect. Why?

10) What's the name of the (fictitious) airline McClane's wife is on in DH2?

11) What's McClane's son's name?

12) His daughter's?

13) His wife's/ex-wife's? Full unmarried name needed.

14) Hans Gruber read about an obscure terrorist group in Time magazine. What group was that?

15) What name does Hans Gruber claim to be his own when he blunders into McClane in DH? (Bit of trivia: This scene wasn't in the script; the director thought Rickman's American accent was kind of funny, so a quickie scene was written around it.)

16) How many bullets does McClane have left for his pistol at the very end of DH? (Be careful...)

17) What snack is favored by the black cop who helps McClane in DH (and helps him in a brief cameo in DH2)?

18) The aspirin (or "aspirins," as McClane says) bottle sought by McClane throughout DHWAV has stamped on its bottom the name of a truck-stop in Canada. What is that name? (It's in French.)

19) What number does McClane have to dial when first given a riddle by Jeremy Irons in DHWAV? (It's the answer to the riddle about the guy on the road to Ives.)

20) This scene was chopped up because, I guess, they felt the public didn't want to watch McClane and his buddy solving a mathematical type riddle for five minutes. But how do they get 4 gallons, "you must be precise," into a jug when they have only a five gallon jug and a three gallon jug?

21) What school is the "bomb" in in DHWAV?

22) What real-life radio host gets the tip from Jeremy Irons regarding the bomb in the school?

23) What rap song introduces McClane to LA in DH?

24) What classical piece dominates the soundtrack to DH?

25) What music dominates the soundtrack to DHWAV?

26) What highway to upstate NY does McCane take in DHWAV in order to get to the aqueduct opening?

27) What's McClane's standard sidearm?

28) What cowboy does Hans Gruber liken McClane to?

29) What cowboy does McClane say he prefers?

30) What 70s MOR classic introduces DHWAV?

31) Hans Gruber and the head of the Takagi corporation both share the same tailor as a (now deceased) controversial world leader. Who?

32) How many "mechanical" locks had to be defeated to get into the vault in DH?

33) What exactly were they stealing in DH, and how much, exactly, did they say it all was worth?

34) What's the name of McClane's limo driver in DH?

35) How many dump-trucks were stolen for the robbery in DHWAV?

36) What's McClane's buddy's name in DHWAV?

37) How does he know how to hot-wire a car?

38) Why doesn't he?

39) What's Jeremy Iron's character's name in DHWAV -- actual name and alias?

40) When he visits the Federal Reserve, what nationality and occupation is he posing under?

41) One way to recognize a fake ID is to be a cop. What's another way?

42) What pop classic closes DH?

43) What pop classic closes DHII?

44) What later-famous TV cop actor hassels McClane in DHII? (I'm not sure of this one...)

45) What's the name of the dick yuppie in DH?

46) McClane's wife makes two requests of Gruber for the captives' comfort. She asks for one and Gruber offers the other. What are they?

47) What does McClane and buddy have to disengage in their stolen upscale sedan to enable them to pull a 180 power-slide and then drive backwards? (Kind of a product-placement advert for the safety features of the car they're in...)

48) What's Fort Knox for?

49) McClane and Hans Gruber's brother agree on what assessment of Hans Gruber's overall personality type?

50) What subway line is blown up in DHWAV?

51) How many billions in gold are stolen in DHWAV?

52) The frumpy middle-aged female cop Kowalksi (I think) in DHWAV played a smokin' piece of ass in an eighties comedy a short eight or nine years before. (The Villain Time.) What was the movie and who did she play?

Bonus! Already noted in the comments, but what the heck: What super-amazing soon-to-be-presidential candidate co-starred as head of airline security in DH2?

I forgot about him. All apologies.

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