Die Hard,

Minute 028: John Philips, London

November 08, 2017

Rick and Julia Ingham
of the Mad Max Minute

In the elevator, Tony stands behind Takagi with a machine gun while Karl stands behind Hans. Hans is humming Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. He glances at Takagi.

“Nice suit,” says Gruber. “John Phillips, London.” Takagi looks at him. Hans smiles, “I have two myself.”

The elevator door opens on Floor 31. “Rumor has it Arafat buys his there,” says Hans, stepping off the elevator.

Meanwhile, McClane peeks through the stairwell door on 35 as Uli, Franco, and Marco unload a dolly from the freight elevator. A partially covered stencil on one of the crates says “NSN NOM. GUIDED MISSILE INTERCEPT AERIAL M47 SERIUAL NO 316762.” McClane quietly shuts the stairwell door and heads back downstairs.

On the 31st Floor, Hans enters an art gallery showroom, with antique vases, bowls, crystal, and Shogun-era armor fill display cases. A model of an oil refinery catches Hans’s eye as he walks past it. He also passes by an offshore rig and a turbine engine.

Hans quotes Plutarch: “And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.” Hans pauses in front of a model of Nakatomi Plaza, and chuckles. “Benefits of a classical education,” he says.



Karl: Alexander Godunov

Tony: Andreas Wisniewski

Uli: Al Leong

Franco: Bruno Doyon

Marco: Lorenzo Caccialanza

Ellis: Hart Bochner

Takagi: James Shigeta

Hans Gruber: Alan Rickman







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