Live Free or Die Hard
Live Free or Die Hard poster
Directed by Len Wiseman
Produced by Michael Fottrell
Screenplay by Mark Bomback
Starring Bruce Willis
Justin Long
Timothy Olyphant
Cliff Curtis
Maggie Q
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Simon Duggan
Editing by Nicolas De Toth
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release June 27, 2007
Running time 129 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $110 million
Gross revenue $383,531,464
Preceded by Die Hard with a Vengeance
Followed by A Good Day to Die Hard

Live Free or Die Hard (released as Die Hard 4.0 outside North America), is a 2007 American action film, and the fourth installment in the Die Hard film series. The film was directed by Len Wiseman and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane. The film's name was adapted from New Hampshire's state motto, "Live Free or Die".

McClane is attempting to stop cyber terrorists who hack into government and commercial computers across the United States with the goal to start a "fire-sale" of financial assets. The film was based on the 1997 article "A Farewell to Arms" written for Wired magazine by John Carlin. The film's North American release date was June 27, 2007.

The project was initially stalled due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and when production eventually began, the film's title was changed several times. A variety of visual effects were used for action sequences, even though Wiseman and Willis stated that they wanted to limit the amount of CGI in the film. In separate incidents during filming, both Willis and his stunt double were injured.

Unlike the prior three films in the series, the U.S. rating was PG-13 rather than R. An unrated version contained more strong profanity and violence not shown in the theatrical version, and was included in the DVD release.

Reviews were positive with an 81% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 69/100 from Metacritic. 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 debuted at #2 at the U.S. box office.

For the DVD release, 20th Century Fox pioneered a new kind of DRM, Digital Copy protection that tries to weaken the incentives for consumers to learn how to rip discs by offering them a downloadable version with studio-imposed restrictions. The score for the film was released on July 2, 2007. The fifth film in the series, titled A Good Day to Die Hard was released on February 14, 2013.


  • Bruce Willis as Detective John McClane
  • Justin Long as Matthew "Matt" Farrell, a computer hacker from Camden, New Jersey
  • Timothy Olyphant as Thomas Gabriel, a former U.S. Defense Department analyst who leads a group of cyber-terrorists systematically shutting down the entire U.S. infrastructure. Olyphant filmed his role within three weeks.
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lucy Gennero-McClane, McClane's estranged daughter who, along with Farrell, is kidnapped by Thomas Gabriel and his henchmen. The inclusion of McClane's daughter was previously considered for the third film, and she was in the video game Die Hard: Vendetta. It was speculated that Willis' real life daughter Rumer, who was born the same year that Die Hard was released, was a prime candidate for the part of McClane's daughter. Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, and Taylor Fry, who played McClane's daughter in Die Hard, had all previously auditioned for the role.
  • Maggie Q as Mai Linh, Gabriel's primary accomplice and girlfriend
  • Kevin Smith as Frederick "Warlock" Kaludis, Farrell's hacker friend
  • Cliff Curtis as Miguel Bowman, Deputy Director of the F.B.I.'s Cyber Crime Division
  • Jonathan Sadowski as Trey, Gabriel's main hacker
  • Edoardo Costa as Emerson, Gabriel's main henchman
  • Cyril Raffaelli as Rand, Gabriel's henchman
  • Yorgo Constantine as Russo, Gabriel's henchman
  • Chris Palermo as Del, Gabriel's henchman
  • Andrew Friedman as Casper, a computer hacker who is working with Gabriel
  • Željko Ivanek as Agent Molina, Bowman's assistant
  • Christina Chang as Taylor, an F.B.I. agent working for Bowman
  • Sung Kang as Raj, an Asian-American F.B.I. employee
  • Allen Maldonado as Goatee
  • Tim Russ as Agent Summer

External links

Die Hard Films vte
Films Die HardDie Hard 2Die Hard with a VengeanceLive Free or Die HardA Good Day to Die Hard
Characters John McClane
Bruce Willis films

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