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"Die Hard." (Screenshot)

'Die Hard' plot mystery finally solved

You probably wonder this every Christmas when you cue up Die Hard on your parents’ DVD player: Midway through the film, when they first meet, how did Bruce Willis’ John McClane know that Alan Rickman’s “Bill Clay” was really the terrorist Hans Gruber?

View from the Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes peninsula, not far from ultra urban Los Angeles. The '60s Batman TV series and some Pirates of the Caribbean scenes were shot in the area. MARK DANIELL/TORONTO SUN

Rethinking the Los Angeles experience

Tell someone you're going to Los Angeles, and it's unlikely the first thing they're going to think is: Wow, what a great place to hike, escape to an island and get in touch with nature.