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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

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“Die Hard 4.0”

Action, Thriller |

Live Free or Die Hard is a American action-thriller film and the fourth installment in the Die Hard film series. The film was directed by Len Wiseman and starred Bruce Willis as John McClane. The film’s name was adapted from New Hampshire’s state motto, “Live Free or Die”. In the film, McClane attempts to stop cyber-terrorists who hack into government and commercial computers across the United States with the goal of starting a “fire sale” that would disable key elements of the nation’s infrastructure. The film was based on the 1997 article “A Farewell to Arms” written for Wired magazine by John Carlin.

Live Free or Die Hard was released in the United States on June 27, 2007. The film earned total international box office gross receipts of $383.4 million, making it the highest-grossing film in the Die Hard series. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who called the film a return to form for the Die Hard series. It is the only Die Hard film to be theatrically released with a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. A fifth film, A Good Day to Die Hard, was released in 2013.

The FBI responds to a brief computer outage at its Cyber-Security Division by tracking down top computer hackers. The FBI asks New York City Police Department detective John McClane to bring in hacker Matthew Farrell (Justin Long). McClane arrives at Farrell’s residence just in time to save Farrell from assassins sent by Mai Linh, who works for Thomas Gabriel.

On the way to Washington, D.C., Farrell tells McClane that he had written an algorithm for Linh that could crack a specific security system for white hat purposes. Meanwhile, Gabriel orders his crew of hackers (based in an 18-wheeler) to take control of transportation grids and the stock market, while also nationally broadcasting a message threatening the United States. Farrell recognizes this as the start of a “fire sale”, which is a cyber attack designed to disable the nation’s infrastructure.

Director: Len Wiseman

Writers: Mark Bomback (screenplay & story), David Marconi (story), John Carlin (article), Roderick Thorp (certain original characters)

Stars: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, Jonathan Sadowski, Andrew Friedman

Cast:

Bruce WillisJohn McClane
Timothy OlyphantThomas Gabriel
Justin LongMatthew ‘Matt’ Farrell
Maggie QMai Linh
Cliff CurtisFBI Deputy Director Miguel Bowman
Jonathan SadowskiTrey
Andrew FriedmanCasper
Kevin SmithFrederick ‘Warlock’ Kaludis
Yorgo ConstantineRusso
Cyril RaffaelliRand
Chris PalermoDel (as Christopher Palermo)
Mary Elizabeth WinsteadLucy Gennaro McClane
Sung KangRaj
Zeljko IvanekAgent Molina
Christina ChangTaylor
Jake McDormanJim
Rosemary KnowerMrs. Kaludis
Gerald DowneyHoover Agent
Allen MaldonadoGoatee
Jim CantafioDeli Owner
Chris EllisScalvino (as Chris Ellis Jr.)
Regina McKee RedwingNearby Agent
Tony ColittiChief Hazmat Agent
Tim DeZarnPolice Sergeant (as Tim deZarn)
Kurt David AndersonMiller
Matt O’LearyClay
Nadine EllisTeller
Ethan FlowerTrader
Nick JainePhone Guy
Tim RussChuck Summer
Joe GeretyJack Parry
Edward James GageOn Duty PP Operator
David WalrodDeli Customer
Edoardo CostaEmerson
John RehaSlacker Kid
Yancey AriasAgent Johnson
Rick CramerMP Rodriguez
Vito PietanzaD.C. Cop
Dennis DepewD.C. Cop
Howard Tyrone FergusonD.C. Cop
John LacyEMT
Diana GettingerFBI Dispatcher
Melissa KnowlesFreeway Reporter
Giancarlo AbriolaStudent (uncredited)
Matthew R. AndersonSecurity Guard (uncredited)
Elena Nikitina BickNewscaster (uncredited)
David BlackFBI Agent (uncredited)
Matthew BowenAngry Civilian (uncredited)
Joe Bucaro IIIDriver (uncredited)
George W. BushSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jimmy CarterSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tamieka ChavisConcerned Citizen (uncredited)
Bill ClintonSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clay CullenAssassin (uncredited)
Michael DanePursuit Cop (uncredited)
Bruce Allen DawsonAngry Civilian (uncredited)
John DotyAngry Civilian (uncredited)
Timothy ‘TJ’ James DriscollSWAT Member with Walkie (uncredited)
Andy DylanTerrorist Blown Up by Fire Extinguisher (uncredited)
Dwight D. EisenhowerSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Peter EpsteinTerrorist Truck Driver (uncredited)
Mark FalvoFBI SPecial Agent (uncredited)
Liam FergusonGovernment Worker (uncredited)
Gerald FordSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles GrishamGabriel’s main terrorist (uncredited)
David HavertyPolice Officer (uncredited)
Katherine Hoskins MackeyFBI Agent (uncredited)
Sydney JayJunior FBI Agent (uncredited)
Carshenah JeffersonFBI Tech Analyst (uncredited)
Lyndon B. JohnsonSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bobby JoynerJunior Suit (uncredited)
Alexander KanellakosFBI Special Agent (uncredited)
John F. KennedySelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Susan KiskisConcerned Citizen (uncredited)
Errol KrassPedestrian (uncredited)
Aaron Michael LaceyCivilian (uncredited)
Jonathan LaneFBI Agent (uncredited)
Brock LittleTerrorist (uncredited)
Matt McColmTerrorist (uncredited)
Neal McNeilD.C. Police Officer (uncredited)
Michael MolthenF.B.I. Tech (uncredited)
Mike MonroeDriver (uncredited)
Drew NelsonCyber hacker (uncredited)
Richard NixonSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nicole NogradyFBI Tech-Analyst (uncredited)
Chris O’BrockiAngry Civilian (uncredited)
Manny OliverezCivilian (uncredited)
Norman OutlawOffice Worker (uncredited)
Michael PapajohnGabriel’s Henchman (uncredited)
Christopher PhillipsStreet Pedestrian (uncredited)
Ronald ReaganSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lil RheeDC Resident (uncredited)
Alex RichardDon Albert (uncredited)
Franklin D. RooseveltSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sean RossCafe Customer (uncredited)
Brian SmyjCop (uncredited)
Maciek SokalskiFBI Agent (uncredited)
Chad StahelskiTerrorist (uncredited)
Patrick Michael StrangeProtestor (uncredited)
Tom TownsendAngry Civillian (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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