Die Hard,

Minute 086: Like Pulling the Trigger Yourself

January 28, 2018

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Hans opens Holly’s office door and holds up his walkie talkie so that McClane can hear the screaming over the radio.

McClane listens to the screams.

“Do you hear that?” says Hans into the walkie talkie. “Talk to me! Where are my detonators? Where are they – – or should I shoot another one? Sooner or later I might get to someone you do care about!”

McClane closes his eyes, then picks up the walkie talkie. “Go f— yourself, Hans,” he says.

Back at the command post, Dwayne T. Robinson is talking to Al.

“Did you hear that?” asks Robinson, “he just let the guy die, man! He just gave him up! Give me that headset.” Dwayne takes the headset from the other officer. “That’s like pulling the trigger yourself.”

“Christ,” replies Al, “Man, can’t you see what’s happening?  Can’t you read between the lines?”

“Am I on the right channel?” says Robinson to the other officer.

“Yes, sir,” says the officer.

“He did everything he could to save him!” says Al. Robinson shakes his head. “If he gave himself up they could both be dead now!”

“No way, man, no way,” replies Robinson, “They’d be talking to us. Listen: you tell this ‘partner’ of yours, Powell, to stay the hell out of this from now on, do you hear me? Because if he doesn’t, I’m gonna nail him, boy, I’m really gonna nail his ass now, believe me.”

“The man is hurtin’,” replies Al. “He is alone, tired, and he hasn’t seen diddley squat from anybody down here! Now, you’re gonna stand there and tell me that he’s going to give a damn about what you’re gonna do to him if he makes it out of there alive? Why don’t you wake up?”


Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber


Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell

Bruce Willis as John McClane

Paul Gleason as Dwayne T. Robinson

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