Die Hard,

Minute 101: I Shot a Kid

February 19, 2018

Rick & Julia Ingham of The Mad Max Minute Podcast

McClane’s just asked Al if he has flat feet.  Al picks up his police radio mic.

“What the hell you talking about, man?” asks Al.

“Something had to get you off the street,” replies McClane, digging a large piece of glass out of his foot.

“What’s the matter?” asks Al, “You don’t think jockeying papers across a desk is a noble effort for a cop?”

McClane drops the glass into the rest room sink.

“N-no,” replies McClane, grimacing from the pain.

Al picks up the mic again. “I had an accident,” he says.

“The way you drive, I can see why,” says John. “What did you do? Run over your captain’s foot with the car?” McClane tries to dig another piece of glass out of his foot.

Al pauses, swallows, then lifts the microphone again. “I shot a kid,” he says. “He was thirteen years old.  Oh – – it was dark, I couldn’t see him. He had a ray gun that looked real enough. You know, when you’re a rookie, they can teach you everything about being a cop except how to learn to live with making a mistake. Anyway, I just couldn’t bring myself to draw my gun on anybody again.”

John stares at the rest room ceiling.

Al looks at the ground.


Bruce Willis as John McClane

Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell


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