Die Hard,

Minute 118: Gonna Need Some More FBI Guys

March 14, 2018

Neil Brown and George Hendricks of The Mogwai Minute Podcast


The reel falls off the roof of the building.

McClane. landing on a bamboo tantani, realizes he’s still tied to the falling fire hose reel.

The tatani slides toward the gaping hole in the window as McClane struggles to free himself from the fire hose. Just as the tatani slides out the window, McClane manages to untie the hose. He exhales, surprised to still be alive.

Explosions on the roof continue to rock the building. The hostages race down the stairwells.

“Allez!” says Hans to Theo, tossing a bag full of bearer bonds to him. Holly raises her hand over her head to shield herself from the falling debris of the damaged building.

On the 30th Floor, McClane wades through the smoked-filled indoor lagoon where the Christmas party was held. Flames light the outer walls of the office.  Another explosion knocks fixtures from the ceiling.

Through a gout of flame above the roof, the FBI helicopter falls toward the plaza below.  The helicopter explodes in midair, blowing out the windows of the 30th Floor and knocking McClane prone in the pond. The indoor planters shatter and the indoor garden catches fire.

At the LAPD command post, Dwayne Robinson and Al Powell watch the explosion of the helicopter.

“Holy Christ,” says Robinson, “We’re gonna need some more FBI guys, I guess.” Al looks at him, shocked.

Back on the 30th Floor, McClane moans in pain.


Bruce Willis as John McClane

Dennis Hayden as Eddie

Clarence Gilyard, Jr. as Theo

Bonnie Bedelia as Holly Gennaro McClane

Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell

Paul Gleason as Dwayne T. Robinson

Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber


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