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'Die Hard' Screenwriter Finally Explains Legendary Plot Hole In Film—Now We Can Sleep Easy

'Die Hard' Screenwriter Finally Explains Legendary Plot Hole In Film—Now We Can Sleep Easy
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Updated 7 months ago

'Die Hard' is definitely a Christmas movie.

Or something like that.

And as such, tis the season to be scratching our heads over the huge plot hole that is central to how John McClane survives the movie.

Seemingly for no reason, when John first encounters German terrorist Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), he suspects something is wrong and gets away post-haste, despite Gruber posing very convincingly as an American hostage.  

How did he figure it out?

Well, finally, 29 years after the fact, we have some clarity.

Screenwriter Steven E. de Souza says post-production is to blame for the plot hole.

“Originally, they get off the truck, the camera craned up, you saw them in a circle and Alan Rickman says, ‘Synchronize your watches,’” de Souza said. “They all put their arms out in a circle with the camera moving down and they all had the same Tag Heuer watch. If you notice, the first guy Bruce kills almost by accident going down the steps, he searches the body, looks at the IDs. He steals the cigarettes, which is a laugh. He looks at the watch which gets another laugh because you’re thinking he might steal the watch. As he kills each guy, he notices they all had the same watch. When he talks to Dwayne Robinson, he says, ‘I think these guys are professionals. Their IDs are too good. There’s no labels on their clothes and they all have the same watch.’”

OHHH. They all have the same watch. McClane sees the watch and is immediately tipped off that he's facing one of the terrorists.

Well, so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye to that nasty plot hole.  We finally get it!  And all this time we thought McClane had freaky cop ESP.