Weapon And Combat Details Fans Noticed In '80s Action Movies

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Vote up the details that hit the mark.

Action movies of the '80s ushered in a new era of extreme violence, maximized explosions, and iconic characters. We love movies like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon for all these reasons, but it's easy to take them for granted. If you look a little closer-- as many fans online have done-- you'll find a ton of small details that make these action-packed flicks even better. In The Terminator, for example, after a lieutenant tells Sarah Conner that she'll be safe because there are thirty police officers on hand, the T-800 shoots exactly thirty officers in his robotic pursuit. Some of these details have great continuity. At the beginning of Aliens, the harpoon gun Ripley used to kill the alien in the original movie can be seen on the floor of the ship, right where she left it. There are even details that might leave the viewer feeling a little phantom pain themselves. Have you ever noticed in The Empire Strikes Back that Boba Fett has a blaster wound on the crotch plate of his armor? Ouch!

Check out this list of small details fans noticed in 1980's action movies, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!


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    728 VOTES

    John Holds The Slide Release To Deceive Hans In 'Die Hard'

    From Redditor u/Joten:

    In Die Hard, John McClane can be seen holding down the slide release on the side of his Beretta before handing it to Clay, who he knows is Hans Gruber. Because he is loading an empty magazine if he didn't hold the slide release it would have locked in the open/empty position.

    728 votes
  • 2
    598 VOTES

    Hans And His Men Use Central European Weapons In 'Die Hard'

    From Redditor u/totallytman:

    In Die Hard, Hans Gruber and his team of German terrorists almost exclusively use weapons produced in Central Europe. Hans' handgun, as well as the team's main weapon, are produced by H&K, a German manufacturer, while Karl's weapon is made by Steyr, an Austrian manufacturer.

    598 votes
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    451 VOTES

    Ripley's Harpoon Gun From 'Alien' Is Still Present At The Beginning Of 'Aliens'

    From Redditor u/rando7818:

    In the beginning of Aliens, when cutting into Ripley’s ship you can see the harpoon gun at the door from when she shot then last Xenomorph out.

    451 votes
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    505 VOTES

    The T-800 Walks With A Limp Due To An Achilles Tear In 'The Terminator'

    From Redditor u/brrduck:

    In the original Terminator, after having its flesh burned off and being damaged, the Terminator walks with a limp while pursuing Sarah Connor. This is due to the actuator that is its Achilles tendon being severed.

    505 votes
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    605 VOTES

    Vader Doesn't Know Luke's Trainer During The Duel On Cloud City In 'The Empire Strikes Back'

    From Redditor u/supermanbb:

    In The Empire Strikes Back, during the battle on Bespin, Vader goes on and on about Luke’s training with Obi-Wan. This is because he’s unaware that Yoda is still alive, and who actually trained him.

    605 votes
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    506 VOTES

    The T-800 Shoots Exactly 30 Cops In 'The Terminator'

    From Redditor u/baxterrocky:

    In The Terminator, Lieutenant Traxler assures Sarah she is safe as there are '30 Police Officers' in the Police Station. During the Terminator’s rampage, if you count all the cops he shoots on screen, in addition to the gunshots he fires offscreen, it adds up to exactly 30.

    506 votes