Die Hard,

Minute 078: Eat Your Heart Out, Channel Five

January 17, 2018

Sean German
and Dave Pallas


Billowing smoke fills Olympic Boulevard.

The police at the command post poke their heads above the patrol cars to assess the scene.

“Holy s—,” says Robinson

The armored car is a smoking wreck on the Nakatomi stairway.

“My God!” says Thornburg, “Tell me you got that!”

“I got it, I got it!” replies his cameraman.

“Eat your heart out, Channel Five,” whispers Thornburg.

“We’ve had an update on the terrorist takeover of the Nakatomi building,” says a news anchor, as video footage fills the screen. “Sources say the terrorist leader  ‘Hans’  may be this man, Hans Gruber, a member of the radical West German Volksfrei movement.  Strangely, the Volksfrei leadership issued a communique an hour ago,  saying that Gruber had been expelled from that organization -”

“Al, Al, do you copy?” asks McClane on his walkie-talkie.

Sgt. Powell picks up his microphone. “Are you all right?” he asks. McClane laughs.

“Yeah,” says John, “I’m fine.” He coughs.

“What was that?” asks Al.

“Remember that plastic explosive I told you about?” says McClane.

“Yeah?” says Powell.

“There you go,” explains McClane.  “Is the building on fire?”

“No,” replies Al, “but it’s going to need a paint job and a s—load of screen doors.”



William Atherton as Roger Thornburg

Bruce Willis as John McClane

Paul Gleason as Dwayne T. Robinson

Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell

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