The same weapons handlers and trainers that were used for "Predator
" were brought in to train the cast on the safe use of the many authentic weapons. Willis uses a Baretta 92, Alan Rickman uses a H & K P-7 M13 and Alexander Gudanov uses a Steyr Aug assault rifle. All were chosen as representatives of the kinds of weapons then in use by real terrorists.
The filmmakers built the office building sets on the Fox lot, with a complete 350ft painted cyclorama authentically depicting the west LA skyline. It was complete with moving lights on all the major roads and could accommodate the lighting for any time of day.
The scenes where the helicopters skimmed through the streets at 75mph were really shot on location. The L.A.P.D. had to close off all the nearby streets while 12 cameras shot the action.
Contributed by: Jonathan Lim
Producer Jan de Bont got trapped in an elevator in the Fox Building (which served as the Nakatomi Building) during filming when the power was cut. He escaped out the trap door and climbed onto another elevator. He later said that experience inspired a scene in "Speed", the first film he directed.
Director John McTiernan found it necessary to smash cut away from Hans Gruber's face whenever he fired a gun, because of Alan Rickman
's uncontrollable habit of flinching from the noise and muzzle flash.
Where Bruce is trying to climb down the ventilation shaft, but falls and then catches himself, it was actually his stunt double who, in the script, was supposed to climb down safely but accidently slipped and fell. The director decided to keep that shot instead.
Contributed by: Kasey McLaughlin
At the end of the movie, when Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) falls to his death, a 20 foot high model was built for the shot and a stuntman was supposed to drop him at the count of three... However, he was dropped at the count of two so the surprised look on his face is 100 percent genuine!
Contributed by: John Edward Kilduff
Not only was Charles Bronson
up for the role of John McClane at one point, but so was Burt Reynolds
. Things came up and he wasn't able to do it, though. It's a shame, really. Burt's a talented guy, but he missed out on some MAJOR 80s classics.
Contributed by: Kevin Allustiarti
Near the release of this movie, Bruce Willis
's picture and name was apparently removed from the posters, because a few weeks previously, the movie he was in was a major flop and they didn't want audiences to expect that of this movie too.
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.
Contributed by: ~*CoUrTnEy*~
The German that the terrorists speak is sometimes grammatically incorrect and meaningless. In the German version of the film, the terrorists are not from Germany but from "Europe". This has been fixed for the Special Edition VHS and later home video releases. The only instances of incorrect use of German are Alan Rickman's (Hans Gruber) lines.