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1405FREEWAYLOSANGELESEARLYEVENING1
Lilyviolet
Thisisthebest Christmastinselonthelightpoles.WeARELOOKINGeastpast
InglewoodINTOtheorangegridofL.A.atnightwhensuddenly
weTILTUPTOCATCHthehugebellyofalanding747the
noiseisdeafening.

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Name
Message 2INT.747PASSENGERSSAME2

Theusualmomentjustafterlandingwhenyouletoutthatsigh
ofreliefthatyou'vemadeitinonepiece.AstheplaneTAXIS
Yell! toitsgate,theystir,gatherpersonalbelongings.

3ONJOHNMCCLANE3
ALLSCRIPTS
midthirties,goodlooking,athleticandtiredfromhistrip.
Hesitsbythewindow.Hisreliefonlandingissubtle,but
weNOTICE.Suddenly,hehears

SALESMAN'SVOICE
Youdon'tlikeflying,doyou?

McClaneturns,looksattheBabbitclonenexttohim.Caught,
hetenses,holdshisarmrestsinexaggeratedfear.

MCCLANE
No,no,where'dyougetthatidea?

SALESMAN
(smiling)
Yawannaknowthesecretofsuccessful
airtravel?Afteryougetwhereyou're
going,yatakeoffyourshoesandsocks.
Thenyawalkaroundontherugbarefoot
andmakefistswithyourtoes.

MCCLANE
Fistswithyourtoes.

SALESMAN
Maybeit'snotafistwhenit'syour
toes...Imeanlikethis...workout
thattimezonetension.
(demonstrating)
Better'nacupofcoffeeandahot
showerfortheoldjetlag.Iknow
itsoundscrazy.Trustme.I've
beendoingitfornineyears.

Theplanestops.Passengersrise,starttotakedownoverhead
luggage.McClanedoesthis,butasheopensthedoorabove,
thebusinessmanBLANCHESseeing:

3AHISP.O.V.MCCLANE'SBARETTAPISTOL3A

Peekingoutfromhisjacket.

3BBACKTOSCENE3B

Recognizingthelook,McClanesmilesreassuringly.

MCCLANE
It'sokay.
(showingbadge)
I'macop.
(pause)
Trustme.I'vebeendoingitfor
eleven.

Thebusinessmanrelaxes,movesoff.McClanenowwrestlesdown
thebiggestTeddyBearFAOSchwartzhadtooffer.Balancing
this,hemovesdowntoanotheroverhead,takesoutatopcoat
andanovernighter.Barelymanagingallthis,heturns,
COLLIDINGWITH:

3CAPRETTYSTEWARDESS3C

Shebumpsnoseswiththebear,givesalook.

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STEWARDESS
(smiling,aboutthebear)
Maybeyoushouldhaveboughthera
ticket.

MCCLANE
Her?

Hescrutinizesthenetherregionsofthebear,shrugs.

MCCLANE
Shedoesn'tcomplain.

STEWARDESS
(eyinghim)
NeitherwouldI.

McClanesmiles,withjustenoughofasightoknowhe'sas
wistfulaboutthingsthatmighthavebeenassheis...moves
downtheaisle.

CUTTO:

4INT.THENAKATOMIBUILDING(LOSANGELES)EVENING4

CLOSEONAbottleofDomPerignonasthecorkexplodesacross
alargeofficefloordecoratedforChristmas.AJapaneseman,
midfiftiesstandingonadeskholdsupthebottletriumphantly
andlooksoutatanadoringaudienceofjuniorexecutivesand
officepersonnel.HeisJOSEPHTAKAGI,SrV.P.ofSalesfor
Nakatomi,amultinationalcorporation.

TAKAGI
Ladiesandgentlemen...Icongratulate
eachandeveryoneofyouformaking
thisoneofthegreatestdaysinthe
historyoftheNakatomicorporation...

Intheb.g.,obviouslystillatwork,anattractiveBUSINESSWOMAN
inhermidthirties,studyingacomputerprintout,headstoward
heroffice.FallingintostepwithherisHARRYELLIS,
thirtyseven,V.P.ofSales.Welldressed,withstylish,
slickedbackhair,helooksandactsverysmooth.

ELLIS
Whataboutdinner?

WOMAN(HOLLY)
Harry,it'sChristmasEve.Families...
Stockings...chestnuts...Rudolphand
Frosty...thosethingsringabell?

Sheturnsinto:

5HEROFFICE5

HernameisHOLLYGENNAROMCCLANE,thoughthenameplateonher
doorstopsafterthefirsttwo.Sheputstheprintoutdown
onhersecretary'sdesk.

ELLIS
(inreply)
Iwasthinkingmoreofroaring
fireplaces...mulledwineandanice
brie...

Hollyignoresthecomeon,turnstohersecretary.

HOLLY
Ginny,it's6:40,you'remakingme
feellikeEbeneezerScrooge.Goon,

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jointheparty,havesomechampagne.

Ginnyslowlymanipulatesherselfoutofherseat.Sheis
enormouslypregnant.

GINNY
(grateful)
ThanksMs.Gennaro.
(worried)
Doyouthinkthebabycanhandle
alittlesip?

HOLLY
(eyeingher)
Ginny,thatbaby'sreadytotendbar.

ELLIS
(notgivingup)
Howabouttomorrownight?

Hollyjustpointstothedoor.HefollowsGinnyout,clearly
notgivingup.JustthenthepartyonHolly'sphonepicksup
andwe:

INTERCUT:

6INT.NICEHOUSEINSANTAMONICA6

whereafiveyearoldLUCYMCCLANEracesherYOUNGERBROTHER
tothephone,winsthewrestlingmatch,andanswerswithasense
ofimportance.AnXmastreeisintheb.g.

LUCY
McClaneresidence.LucyMcClane
speaking.

Hollysuddenlysmiles.Itisthefirsttimewe'veseenher
smileanditspeaksvolumesaboutthepersonhiddenundera
toughbusinessexterior.

HOLLY
(withaffection)
Hello,LucyMcClane.Thisisyour
mother.

ShelooksupandwatchesEllisleave.He"shoots"herwitha
"catchyalater"wink.

LUCY
Mommy!Whenareyoucominghome?!

HOLLY
Soon.You'llbeinbedwhenIget
there,though.

LUCY
Willyoucomesay'goodnight'?

HOLLY
Don'tIalways,yougoose?
(enjoyingLucy'sgiggle)
NowputPaulinaontheline,and
nosearchingthehouseforpresents!

LUCY
(caught)
Ididn'tlookinthefrontcloset
underthesteps!IsDaddycoming
homewithyou?

JOHN,JR.
(hearingthis,jumpingup

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anddown)
Yeah!Daddy!Daddy!Daddy!
(onsecondthought)
AndaCaptainPower!

HOLLY
(alittletightly)
Well,we'llseewhatSantaandMommy
cando.Goose,putPaulinaon,okay?

LucyhandsthephonetoayoungSalvadorianwoman,PAULINA,
thehousekeeper.

PAULINA
Hello,Mrs.Holly.Youcominghome
soon?

HOLLY
I'mworkingonit.
(beat)
DidMr.McClanecall?*

PAULINA
Noma'am.

Hollyhidesatraceofdisappointment.

HOLLY
Well...maybetherewasn'ttimebefore*
theflight.Youshouldprobablymake
upthespareroomjustincase.

PAULINA
(smiling)
Yes,Mrs.Holly.Idothatalready.*

Holly'ssmilecomesthroughagain.

7INT.LAXEVENING7

McClane,wearinghiswooltopcoatandcarryingthebiggest
stuffedanimalFAOSchwartzhadinstockandhishangupbag,
comesdowntheAmericanAirlinesrampandintotheterminal.
Heavoidsonenearcollisioninvolvinghisstuffedanimal,an
actwhichdriveshimintoanotherfenderbenderwithaCUTE
GIRLwholookslikeshe'sreadyforhightideatZuma.Asshe
smiles,weavesonward,McClanelooksathisownArcticgear
andthenthegirlasshekissesasimilarlygarbedboyfriend.

MCCLANE
(sotto,tohimself)
California.

Helooksaroundtheterminalat:

7AHISP.O.V.TERMINAL7A

FAMILYREUNIONSaregoingonallaroundhisasgrandparents
greetgrownchildrenandtheirchildren,YOUNGWIVESgreet
uniformedSOLDIERS,ourBabbitbusinessmangreetsapleasant
wifeandtwopleasantkids.It'sallverytraditional,very
touchingandnottheleastbitcorny.

7BBACKTOSCENE7B

McClanewatches,movedbythesight,thenlooksaroundthe
waitingarea,justonthechancehisfamilymightbewaiting.
Insteadhespotsathin,ganglingblackkid,ARGYLE,inan
illfittingchauffeur'suniform.Ashewaitshebeatsouta
rhythmnona"NakatomiCorporation"cardwithJ.McCLANEwritten
onitinmagicmarker.McClanepausesinfrontofhim,unsure.

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MCCLANE
I'mJohnMcClane.

ARGYLE
(introducinghimself)
Argyle.I'myourlimodriver.Hey,
nicebag.

Heturnsandstartswalking.McClanepaceshim,stilljuggling
bagandgiantanimal.

MCCLANE
Argyle.Don'tyoutakethisstuff?

ARGYLE
(stops)
DoI?I'msorry.You'regonnahaveto
helpme,man.Thisismyfirsttime
drivingalimo.

MCCLANE
That'sokay.Thisismyfirsttime
ridinginone.

CUTTO:

8WITHTHELIMODUSK8

TILTUPfromtheLincolnemblemonthecar.

BothArgyleandMcClaneareinthefrontseat.

ARGYLE
Justkickbackandrelax,man.We
goteverythingyouneed:CD,CB,
TV,VHS,telephone,fullbar.

Helooksinthebackseat,whichisoccupiedbythebear.

ARGYLE
Ifyourfriendishottotrot...I
knowacoupleofmamabears.
(turningtoMcClane)
...Orishemarried?

MCCLANE
Married.

McClanetriestogetcomfortable,scowlsasaRUSTLINGNOISE
revealswrappersandstyrofoamfromTacoBell.Hescowlsat
Argyle.

ARGYLE
Thegirlwasofftoday.Hey,I
didn'texpectyoutositupfront.
(backtothetopic)
So,yourladyliveouthere?

MCCLANE
Thepastsixmonths.

ARGYLE
(thinkingaboutthat)
Meanwhile,youstilllivein
NewYork?

MCCLANE
You'renosey,youknowthat,Argyle?

ARGYLE
Hey,I'msorry.WhenIwasa
cabdriver,see,peopleexpectedalittle

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chitchat,alittleeccentricityand
comaraderie,Iforgothowstuckupyou
limoguyswere,soexcuseme.

MCCLANE
(amused)
It'sokay,it'sokay.

ARGYLE
(instantly)
So,youdivorcedofwhat?

McClanegivesup.

MCCLANE
Shehadagoodjob,itturnedinto
agreatcareer.

ARGYLE
Butmeanthermovinghere.

MCCLANE
ClosertoJapan.You'refast.

ARGYLE
So,whydidn'tyoucome?

MCCLANE
'CauseI'maNewYorkcopwhoused
tobeaNewYorkkid,andIgotsix
monthsbacklogofNewYorkscumbags
I'mstilltryingtoputbehindbars.
Idon'tjustgetupandmove.

ARGYLE
(tothepoint)
Youmeanyouthoughtshewouldn't
makeitouthereandshe'dcome
crawlingonback,sowhybotherto
pack?

McClanegrins,helikeArgyleevenifheisdirect.

MCCLANE
LikeIsaid,Argyle...you'refast.

ARGYLE
(poppinginacassette)
MindifIplaysometunes?

AhardRAPSONGblastsfromthespeakers.

MCCLANE
How'boutsomeChristmasmusic?

ARGYLE
ThatisChristmasmusic.

Anddamneditifisn't,theFatBoysofRunDMCdoinga
revisionistnumberonWHITECHRISTMASorsomething.McClane
givesup,looksoutthewindow.

9HISP.O.V.9

ConvertibleswithChristmastreesintheirbackseats,
Time/Temperaturesignswhichreads:69degrees,palmtrees
trimmedinChristmaslights,intermittentWestsidetoken
"HappyChanukahs"...itisclearthatChristmasL.A.stylehas
itsownuniquestyle.

10OUTOUT10
1111

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11ATHELIMOCENTURYCITY11A

TILTDOWNFROMoneofthestarsofthisfilm,thewelllit,
impressiveandspankingnewNAKATOMIBUILDING.Thelimopulls
up,parks,andArgylegetsout.McClaneletshimselfout,
whichisfinebecauseArgyledoesn'trememberhe'ssupposedto
doit.Theybothgototherearofthevehicle.

12EXT.NAKATOMIBUILDINGNIGHT12

Argyleclimbsoutofthelimoandstopsbythetrunk.

ARGYLE
So,yougoonupstairstotheparty,
yourladyseesyou,yourunintoeach
other'sarms.Musiccomesup,you
livehappilyeverafter,thatit?

MCCLANE
It'scorny,butIcouldlivewithit.

ARGYLE
Whatisitdon'tworkoutthatway?
Whereyougonnastay?

MCCLANE
I'llfindsomeplace.

Helooksupatthehighriselitbyhugespotlights,then
backatArgylewho'smadenoattempttoopenthetrunk.

ARGYLE
Tellyouwhat.I'llpullintothe
parkinggarageandwait.Youscore
withyourwifegivemeacallonthe
carphoneandI'llleaveyourbags
insideatthedesk.Youstrikeout...
I'llgetyoutoahotel.

HehandsMcClaneabusinesscardwiththenumberonit.

MCCLANE
(takingthenumber)
You'reallright,Argyle.

ARGYLE
Justrememberthatwhenyousign
forthetip.
(pointingtothe
building)
They'repayingforit,sodon'tbe
shy.

McClanegrins,headsinside.

13INT.NAKATOMILOBBYNIGHT13

Beautifulandonfirstglancedeserted.Finallya
SOUNDinthesterilelobbyrevealsthepresenceofa
SECURITYGUARDhiddenuntilnowbehindamassivedesk.
McClanegoesthere,signsin.

MCCLANE
HollyMcClane?

TheGuardpointstoaprominenttouchscreencomputerconsole.

GUARD
Justtypeitinthere.

McClaneisconfusedforamoment,thenhemovestothescreen.

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HegivestheGuardalook...theGuardraiseshiseyebrowsas
iftosaygiveitatry.

13ASCREENCLOSER13A

McClanetypes,"McClane,Holly".Pause.Thescreenreplies,
NOSUCHEMPLOYEELISTED.

13BMCCLANE13B

Frowns...thinks.Simultaneouslyinspiredandsuspicious,he
typesagain.

13CTHESCREEN13C

McClanetypes,GENNERO,HOLLY.ThistimethescreenCHANGES,
showsanelevationofthebuildingandthenafloorplanofthe
30thfloorwithHolly'sofficeBLINKING.*

13DBACKTOSCENE13D

MCCLANE
Cutetoy.

GUARD
Yeah.Whenyouhavetotakealeak
it'llhelpyoufindyourzipper.

MCCLANE
Thirtiethfloor...*

GUARD
(pointing)
Taketheexpresselevatorandget
offatthenoise.

McClanenods,movesoff.Hemovestotheelevators,andashe
doeshisexperiencedeyetakesin:

13EANOTHERSECURITYGUARD13E

Patrollingadifferentarea.

13FSEVERALHITECHCAMERASANDSENSORS13F

whicharecleverlyworkedintothedecorofthelobby.

13GBACKTOSCENE13G

McClanereactswithboredprofessionalism,NODStotheguard.

MCCLANE
Lotsofhardware...

Theguardshrugs.McClanegetsintheelevator.

14INT.ELEVATORNIGHT14

McClanehits"30"andREACTStothehyperpoweredSPEEDwith
whichherises.Herotateshishead,gettingoutthetravel
cricks.

Asheapproachesthe30thfloorwehearatremendousTHUMPING,
THROBBINGNOISE.McClanestopsandlistensbeforehe
realizesit'stheparty.Asthedoorsopenthenoise
ATTACKSus.

1530THFLOORSAME15

McClanemovesaroundtheedgeoftheparty,gradually
spiralinginward.HegrabsaglassofMimosachampagnepunch
fromapassingtray,sips...scowls.Spottingopenbeersin

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anicebucket,hetossesthepunchintoapottedplant,even
buryingtheplasticglass.Sippingthebeer,hemovesthrough
thedenseparty.Peoplehedoesn'tknowthrowstreamersover
him.

AWOMANkisseshim.Hegrins.AMANkisseshim.

MCCLANE
(tohimself,shaking
hishead)
California...

FinallyhequeriesaDANCINGWOMAN.TheMUSICdrownsouttheir
wordsbutshenods,pointsoffinsomegenericdirection.

McClaneheadsthatway,cutsaroundaChristmastree,loses
hisbearings.Hesees:

15ATAKAGI15A

whohasanairofauthority.McClanegoesuptohim.

MCCLANE
Excuseme,I'mlookingfor

TAKAGI
HollyGennero?

MCCLANE
Yeah.How'dyouknow?

TAKAGI
I'vespenthalfmylifeonairplanes,*
Icanrecognizesomeonewhojust
gotoffone.
(shakinghands)
I'mJoeTakagi,Mr.McClane.Ihave
...somethingtodowiththiscompany.

MCCLANE
SoI'veheard.

Takagismiles,leadstheway.AstheyapproachHolly'soffice
door,McClanenoticesthenamethereisagain"Gennero".

TAKAGI
HollywenttotheVaultroomtoFAX
somedocuments...sheshouldbeback
any...

16HOLLY'SOFFICE16

Ellisisbehindthedesk.He'sSNIFFLINGandjustasthey
comeinheSWEEPSthebackoftheslickdesktopwithhishand.

BothMcClaneandTakagicatchon...butTakagitriestohide
hisawareness.

ELLIS
Ah...hi...Ijusthadtomakeaquick
call,andthiswasthenearestphone...

TAKAGI
(asEllisrises)
Ellis,thisisJohnMcClane...
(withmeaning)
Holly'spoliceman?
(toMcClane)
EllisisinchargeofInternational
Acquisitions.

MCCLANE

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(shakinghandswithEllis)
Thatexplainstherecentdealwith
Bolivia.

EllisREACTS,runsacheckingfingerunderhisnose.

MCCLANE
(sotto)
Relax,Ellis.I'moffduty.

TAKAGI
(eagertochangethe
subject,toMcClane)
CanIgetyouanything?Food?Cake?
Watereddownchampagnepunch?

MCCLANE
(grinning)
I'mfine.
(lookingthroughthe
glass)
Youthrowquiteaparty.Ididn't
knowtheyhadChristmasinJapan.

TAKAGI
Hey,we'reflexible.PearlHarbor
didn'tworkout,wegotyouwith
tapedecks.

McClanelaughs.Helikesthisguy.

ELLIS
Actually,it'skindofadoublecelebration.*
Weclosedaprettybigdealtodayandalot
ofitwasduetoHolly.

ThedoorOPENS.Hollycomesinside.

HOLLY
Allset,Joe.Thecontractswent
overthewire,and
(surprised)
John...!

16AMCCLANEANDHOLLY16A

Amoment.Doesthesoundofthepartystopforhim?Weknow
it.Forher?It'smorecryptic.Wesurehopeso.

HOLLY
(recovering)
Iwashopingyoumadethatflight.

JOHN
(quietly)
Iwashopingyouwerehopingthat.

Shelaughs,kisseshimonthecheek.Ellisnotestheawkwardness.

TAKAGI
(toMcClane)
Youwife'smadeforthisbusiness.
Sheknowhowtodriveahardbargain.

MCCLANE
Yeah.Irememberourfirstdate.

ELLIS
Showhimthewatch.

Asshehesitates:

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ELLIS
Goon,showhim.What'reyou,
embarrassed?
(toMcClane)
Alittletokenofourappreciation
forallherwork.

HetakesHolly'swrist,holdsitup.McClanesmoothlytakes
thewristawayfromEllis,looksatthewatch.

MCCLANE
Nice,butoneofusisthreehours
outofsync.Ithinkit'sme.
(toHolly,pointedly)
IsthereaplaceIcanwashup?

HOLLY
(happyfortheexcuse)
Sure.Followme.

Theygoout.Alone,Takagi'slookatEllisshowshis
disapprovalofcertainsnowatChristmas.

CUTTO:

17EXT.NAKATOMINIGHT17

AnEmoryfreighttruckturnsoffOlympicintotheunderground
parkinggarageofNakatomi.

18INT.PARKINGGARAGE18

ItgoesdowntherampandpassesArgyle'sblacklimo.The
driver'sseatisEMPTY.

19INT.LIMOSAME19

Argylesitsinthebackseathiddenfromtheoutsideworldby
thetintedrearwindows.Heismakingadrinkfromthebar
withtheTVonandhisrapmusicblastingfromthecassette
player,oblivioustothetruckpassingbehindhim.

20INT.PARKINGGARAGESAME20

TheEmorytruckstopsinfrontoftheserviceelevatoronthe
nextleveldown.Asthetruckidles,theuniformeddriver
makesanoteonhisclipboard.

21INT.ELLIS'OFFICENIGHT21

TILTUPFROMMcClane'sBAREFEET.Heisclenchingand
unclenchinghistoes.

MCCLANE
(surprised,actuallyfeeling
tensiondecline)
Sonofabitch.Itworks.

Hollysitsonthedeskhere,watcheshimremovehisjacket,tie
shirt,etc.Begintowashupintheprivatebath.

HOLLY
Whatareyoudoing?

MCCLANE
It'salongstory.Youknow,I
thinkthatEllishashiseyeonyou.

HOLLY
That'sokay...
(pause)
...Ihaveaneyeonhisprivate

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bathroom.

McClane'sfaceshowshisrelief(orrather,hisattemptnot
toshowany).
*

HOLLY
So,whereareyoustaying?This*
allhappenedsofastIdidn'teven
askyouonthephone.

McClanefinishesdryinghisfaceandstepstothebathdoorway.

MCCLANE
Well,CappyRobertsretiredout
hereacoupleyearsago.HesaidI
couldbunkwithhim.

HOLLY
Oh...Wheredoeshelive?

MCCLANE
Ramona...no,Pomona,that'sit.

HOLLY
Pomona!You'llbeinthecarthe
wholetime...Look,let'smakethis
easy.Ihaveasparebedroom.It's
nothuge,butthekidswouldloveto
haveyouatthehouse.

McClanefixesherwithalook.

MCCLANE
Theywould,huh?

HOLLY
(beat;honest)
Iwouldtoo.
*
Theylockeyesforamoment,butit'sanintensemomentthat
saysalotabouthowtheystillfeelabouteachother.

Justthenamanandawoman,bothalittletipsy,openthe
doortotheoffice,seethatit'soccupiedandbeatahasty
retreat.Theinterruptiontemporarilydentsthemood.Holly
triestosmile.ButforMcClaneit'sthelastfrustration.

HOLLY
...I'vemissedyou.*

MCCLANE
Especiallymyname.Youmustmiss
iteverytimeyouwriteacheck.When
didyoustartcallingyourself
'Ms.Gennero'?

HOLLY
(caught)
ThisisaJapanesecompany,youknow?
Theyfigureamarriedwoman,she'son
thewayoutthedoor...

MCCLANE
Sure.It'sunnerving.Iremember
thisoneparticularmarriedwoman,
shewentoutthedoorsofastthere
waspracticallyajetwash...Imean,
talkaboutyourwindchillfactor...

HOLLY
Didn'twehavethissameconversation

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inJuly?Damnit,John,therewas
anopportunityouthereIhadto
takeit

MCCLANE
Nomatterwhatitdidtoourmarriage?

HOLLY
Myjobandmytitleandmysalarydid
nothingtoourmarriageexceptchange
yourideaofwhatitshouldbe.

MCCLANE
Oh,hereitcomes.Oneofthose
'meaningfulrelationshipconversations.'
Inevershould'veletyougetthose
magazinesubscriptions

HOLLY
Youwanttoknowmyideaofamarriage?
It'sapartnershipwherepeoplehelp
eachotherovertheroughspots
consoleeachotherwhenthere'sa
down...andwhenthere'sanup,well,
hell,alittleGoddamnapplauseor
anattaboywouldn'tbetoobad.
(quietly)
Ineededthat,John.
(pause)
Ideservedthat.

There'saclumsypauseasifshe'salmostchallenginghimto
say...somethingbuthesetshisjaw,saysnothing.Justthen
thedooropensandGinnyleansinside.

GINNY
MizGennero?Mr.Takagiislooking
foryou...hewantsyoutosaysomething
tothetroops...

HOLLY
Thanks,Ginny.I'llbeasecond.
Oh,thisis

MCCLANE
(mockbright'radio'voice)
Hi.JohnGennerohere.I'mthe
sensitiveandsupportivemanofthe
eighties.

Ginnylookspuzzled,goesout.Hollysighs,movestothe
door.

HOLLY
I'llbeafewminutes.Waithere

MCCLANE
Don'tIalways?

She'sgone.Immediately,heslapshisforehead,contrite.

MCCLANE
(tohimself)
Schmuck!

22OUTOUT22
2323

24INT.BUILDINGLOBBYSAMETIME24

TheGuardatthefrontdesknoticestheEmorytruckonhis
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onlyhalfnoticesasaMercedespullsupinfrontofthe
buildingandtwoextremelywelldressedBUSINESSMAN(late
twenties)climboutandstartupthestairsforthedoor.As
theycrossthelobbytotheGuard'stabletosignin,wehear
theirconversation.

MAN#1(THEO)
(animatedly)
...So,Kareemreboundslisten,
thisisagreatplayfeedsWorthy
onthebreak,overtoA.C.,toMagic,
backtoWorthyinthelaneand

SuddenlytheothermanpullsoutaWaltherpistolwitha
silencerandaimsitattheGuard'sforehead.Beforethe
Guardcanreacthepullsthetrigger.

THEO
(dryly)
Boom...twopoints.

(Thespeedwithwhichthemurdertakesplacesetsthetone
fortherestoftheaction.)Thekillermovesbehindthe
desk,steppingoverasmallpoolofbloodfromtheGuard.

HisnameisKYLE,big,withlongblondhairlikearock
drummer.Karltakesoffthesilencerandlooksatthevideo
monitoroftheEmorytruck.Thefirstman,Theo,openshis
briefcase,takesoutaportableCBradioandspeaksintoit.

THEO
We'rein.

25ONTHESCREEN25

thedrivernodsatthesecuritycameraasseveralmenclimboutof
therearofthevanandbeginunloadingwoodencratesbythe
serviceelevator.

26INT.ELLIS'OFFICENIGHT26

McClanelooksatallthelavishnessaroundhimandpicksupa
phonebythetoilet.Heopenshiswalletandtakesoutthe
phonenumberArgylehavehim.Aphotoofhischildrenstops
him.

It'sofHolly,thetwochildrenandhimselfinhappierdays:
Sixmonthsago,beforeNakatomicamecallingtoHolly'sdoor.
McClaneflipsitover.Onthebackincrudebutpainstaking
handofafiveyearolditsays:WEMISSYOU,DADDY.LOVE
LUCY(andinmoreprimitiveletters)JOHN.

McClanereturnsthephototohiswallet,dialsthenumber.

26INT.BUILDINGOPERATIONSCONTROLROOM26

Theoentersthesmallcontrolroomandcomfortablysitsbehind
amaintenancekeyboard.Whistlingavaguelyfamiliartune,he
TYPESinsomecommandsandlocksdownthepassengerelevators
uptothe30thfloor.Thenwithseveralmorecomputercommands,
systematicallycauses:

27THEHEAVYSTEELGATESTOTHEPARKINGGARAGECLOSE27

28THEESCALATORSTOTHEGARAGECOMETOASTOP28

29OUTOUT29

30CONTROLROOMSAME30

Theofinishestypinganddisconnectsthekeyboardandpullsout
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31INT.LOBBYSAME31

ThedoorstoaserviceelevatoropenTOREVEALHANSGRUBER,
impeccablydressed,leanandhandsome,hestepsoutintothe
lobbylikeheownsthebuildingandinawayhedoes.

TheostepstothedoorofthecontrolroomandtossesHansa
COMPUTERCARD.

Hansgoestothefrontdoor,wavesthecardoveramagnetic
plate.AnLEDBLINKSandthedoorLOCKSwithaTHUD.

Hanslooksoutatthestreet.Appropriatelyenough,"nota
creatureisstirring."CenturyCityisquiet.

32OUTOUT32
3535

35ALOBBYQUICKCUTS35A

AnelevatoropensREVEALINGTENMOREMEN,allarmedwith
Kalashnikovmachinegunsarecarryingcanvaskitbags.One
ofthem,EDDIE,aruggedAmericaninhistwenties,goesto
thedeadguardandimmediatelybeginschangingintohiscloths.

Meanwhile:

A)Karltakesatoolcasefromtheelevatorandjoinshis
brotherTONY,firstplayfullygrabbinghim.Theyhead
forthebasementstairwell;

B)TheoleavesthecontrolroomandnodstoHans.

C)Eddiefinishedadjustingbuttonsandsnapsonhis
pilfereduniform,takeshispositionbehindthefrontdesk.

36HANS36

looksathiswatchandseemspleased.Hestepsintotheservice
elevatorwiththeothersandpressesthebuttonforthe30th
floor.Theentiresequencehastakenmaybesixtyseconds.

37INT.ELLIS'BATHROOM30thFLOORSAME37

McClaneisstillbarefoot,hispantlegsnowrolledupabove
hisankles.Hestretcheshistoesagain.Damn,itworks.He
lightsupanewMarlboro,dialsanumberonthe(bathroom)
phone.

38INT.BUILDINGBASEMENTPHONEROOM38

Alargesignsays:PACIFICBELLEMPLOYEESONLY.InsideTony
standsinfrontofanintimidatingmatrixofphonelinesbut
whathehasinmindwon'trequireadoctorateinElectrical
Engineering.Karlcomesover,giveshisanelderbrother's
punchonthearm,pointsoutwhattodo.Togethertheyfocus
onfourCPVplasticconduitswhichrunoutofthemainpanel
overtheirheads.Tonynods.OpensacaseREVEALINGa
compactelectricchainsaw.

39INT.ELLIS'BATHROOMRESUME39

MCCLANE
(onphone)
Argyle...?

40INT.LIMO40

Argyleisrecliningontheseat.Themusicisonsoloudthat
itisnearlyimpossibletohear.

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ARGYLE
Hey,John,what'sthewordonyou
andyourlady?

MCCLANE'SVOICE
Thevote'snotinyet.

41INT.PHONEROOMSAME41

Karlcutsthroughthefourtubesoneatatime.

42INT.ELLIS'BATHROOMSAME42

McClaneonthephone.

ARGYLE'SVOICE
(mocking)
'Vote'snotinyet?'What'sthat
supposedtomean.

MCCLANE
Whatdoyouwant,'AllMyChildren'?
We'remakingprogress.AfterIgetmy
footoutofmymouth,we'llreallybe
cooking,andthenIcan

Hestopsandgentlytapsthephonecradle.Nodialtone.

43INT.LIMO43

Argylelooksatthephone.

ARGYLE
What?...Mr.Mac,youthere?

Heturnsdownthemusicbutthereisononeontheline.

ARGYLE
(tohimself)
Well,callmeback,John.Yougot
thenumber.

Hehangsupandturnsthevolumebackup.

44ELLIS'OFFICE44

McClanehangsuptheoriginalphoneandthentriestheother
oneonthedesk.It,too,isdead.

45INT.SERVICEELEVATOR45

Hansandtheothersapproachingthe30thfloor.Astheygrow
closer,wehearthenoiseofthespeakersgrowinglouderand
louder.Themencocktheirweaponsandbracethemselvesasthe
carstopsandtheelevatordoorsopen.ONTHESOUNDOFGUNSHOTS
ANDSCREAMSWE:

CUTTO:

46INT.ELLIS'OFFICE46

McClanegrabshisshoulderharnessoffthebackofthechair,
movesquicklytothedoorway.Helooksdownthehall.

47MCCLANE'SP.O.V.47

Twoterrorists,FRANCEandFRITZ,armedwithM5machineguns
searchingtheofficesonthehallonebyone.Theyopenadoor,
lookinfromthehallway,andmoveonquicklytothenext.

Theyarefourofficesawayandmovingfast.

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McClanelooksacrossthecorridorandseesthestairwelldoor
toofartoreachwithoutbeingseen.

48MCCLANE48

stepsback,throwsoffthesafetyonhisBerettaandbraces
himself.Heopensthedoor,peersthroughacrackat:

49HALLWAYFRANCEANDFRITZ49

QUICKCUTSasMcClane'seyesSCANtheirweapons...he'stotally
outgunned,andheknowsit.

FrancoandFritzreachtheofficejustbeforeEllis'andthrow
openthedoorREVEALINGthemanandwomanwhointerruptedHolly
andMcClaneafewminutesbefore,nowinthethroesof
passionatelovemakingonthedesk.Thetwoterroristssmile
ateachother,thenentertheoffice.

Amomentlatertheman,(tryingdesperatelytopulluphis
pants)andthewoman(buttoningherblouse)arepushedout
intothehallandtowardthelargergroupbyFritz.Theother
terrorist,Franco,goestoEllis'officeandopensthedoor.

Itis...empty.

50INT.STAIRWELLSAME50

CLOSEONMcClane'sbarefeetpaddingquicklyuptheconcrete
stairs,twoatatime.WeFOLLOWhimup,thenoutontothe:

50A31thFLOOR50A

Thisisthemezzaninefloorimmediatelyabovethemain
Nakatomilobby.McClaneseesTheoandKRISTOFFwheelingcarts
ofequipment.McClaneducksbackintothestairwell,heruns
upanotherflightandoutonto:

51UNFINISHEDFLOOR51

Eventuallyitwillbeonelargesecretarialpool,butonlya
portioniscompleted.Halffinishedpartitionsandoffice
furnitureinitsoriginalplasticwrappingsareeverywhere.
Oneendhasafewlonelyfinishedworkingareas.

McClanemovesquicklytoadeskandpicksupaphone.It's
out.

MCCLANE
Shit...

Helooksoutthewindowat:

51ANEIGHBORINGBUILDINGMCCLANE'SP.O.V.51A

Ahighriseapartmentbuildingahalfblockawaysparkleswith
lights.McClanestaresataPRETTYGIRLinherbedroom.She's
wearingdropdeadunderwearrightoutoftheVictoria'sSecret
catalog.Aswewatch,sheflopsdownonherbed,andwith
onelonglegintheair,effortlesslydials
acallonherhightechphone.Itseemssoeasy.

51BBACKTOSCENE51B

Frustrated,hewatchesthis,knitshisbrow.

MCCLANE
Think...

52INT.30thFLOOR(HOSTAGEFLOOR)SAME52

Theemployeeshavebeenherdedtothecenteroftheroomwhere

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thedeskshavebeenpulledback.Manypeoplearewhimpering.

52AHOLLY52A

ShelooksaroundtheroomforMcClane.She'ssointenton
thisthatshedoesn'tseeoneTERRORISTwavingherforward.
Exasperated,heSHOVESher.Herglareathimshowsusher
mettle.

52BWIDER52B

Astheemployeesarebunchedtogether,EllisseeksoutHolly.
He'sclearlyscaredbuttryingtofakecourage.Hepatsher
hand"reassuringly."

Hansstepsupontopofadeskandlooksoverthegroup.He
reachesintoapocket...severalpeopleCRINGE...butwhathe
comesoutwithisaBottegaVenatapocketnotebook.Hechecks
hisownscribblingslikeadaisspeaker.

HANS
(soothing,incontrol)
Ladiesandgentlemen,duetothe
NakatomiCorporation'slegacyof
greedaroundtheglobe,itisabout
tobetaughtalessononrealpower.
You...willbewitnesses.
Ifourdemandsarenotmet,however
(sadsmile)
Youmaybecomeparticipantsinstead.
(beat,checkingnotes)
Now,whereis...'Takagi'?Whereis
themanwho...
(slightsmile)
...usedtobeinchargehere?

Takagiisshovedforward.He'sworriedbutfarfromcowed.
Hansstepstowardshim.Extendsahand.

HANS
(quitecivil)
Mr.Takagi.Howdoyoudo.My
nameisHansGruber.

Takagiisconfusedbyhischarm.Hanswavespolitelyinthe
directionofanelevatorandwithanarmedescorttakesthe
executiveaway.CAMERAADJUSTStoshowHolly,concerned.

56INT.STAIRWELL33rdFLOORSAME56

McClanepausesoutsidethestairwelldoortothe33rdfloor,
hepressesthehandleandcracksthedooropenTOREVEALa
computerfloor.Thecomputermachinerydronesonunderthe
lightsbehindplateglasswindows.McClanequietlycloses
thedoorandmovestoanotherfloor.

MCCLANE
(mumblingtohimself)
32construction...33computers...

57OUTOUT57
5858

59INT.SERVICEELEVATORNIGHT59

Hans,Takagi,KarlandTony.Ridingsilently.Hansalone
seemsrelaxed.Hewhistles.Werecognizeitasasnatchof
Wagner.

HANS
Nicesuit.JohnPhilips...London?

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Takagistaresathim,speechless.

HANS
(smiles)
Ihavetwomyself.
(beat,asheexits:)
I'mtoldArafatshopstheretoo...

60INT.STAIRWELL60

McClanestartstoopenthestairwelldoortotheMachineFloor
whenaNOISEabovehimgetshisattention.Hemovessilently
uponeflighttotheroof.Quietly,hecracksthedoorand
looksoutontoaMachineFlooronthelowerleveloftheroof.

61MCCLANE'SP.O.V.61

Threeterrorist,JAMES,ULIandHEINRICH,areunpackingthe
woodencrateswesawinthegaragefromtheserviceelevator.
It'snotclearwhatthey'redoingbutitseemsverymilitary
likeandominouslydefensive.HeinrichPOINTSuptothe
ceilingandsayssomethinginGerman.Theothersnod.Heinrich
startstoturntowardstheCAMERAand:

62MCCLANE62

closesthedoorandslipsbackdownthestairs.

63INT.CONFERENCEROOMBOARDROOMFLOORNIGHT63

Handsenters,looksaround.*

HANS*
AndwhenAlexandersawthebreadth
ofhisdomain,hewept.Forthere
werenomoreworldstoconquer.
(toTakagi)
Thebenefitsofaclassicaleducation.

Hansadmiredascalemodelofabridge.Behindhimare*
photographsofthegorgewherethebridgewillbeconstructed.
KarlandTonylisten.Takagiwatches.

HANS
It'sbeautiful.Ialwaysenjoyed
modelsasaboy.Theexactness,the
attentiontoeveryforeseeabledetail...
perfection.

TAKAGI
(defensively)
Thisiswhatthisisabout?Out
buildingprojectinIndonesia?
Contrarytowhatyoupeoplethink,
we'regoingtodevelopthatregion...
not'exploit'it.

Hansstraightens,lookshardatTakagi.

HANS
Ibelieveyou.
(smiling)
IreadthearticleinForbes.*

Takagilooksconfused.HansputsafriendlyarmaroundTakagi's
shouldersandguideshimintotheadjacentboardroomwhere
Theotypesincommandsontoabuiltincomputerconsole.

HANS
Mr.Takagi,wecoulddiscuss
industrializationofmen'sfashions
allday,butI'mafraidmyassociate,

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Mr.Theo,hassomequestionsforyou.
Sortoffillintheblanksquestions
actually...

JUMPCUT:

64ACOMPUTERSCREENSPITSOUT:64

NAKATOMICORPORATION.
BOARDWORKSTATION.
ENTERCENTRALCOMPUTERCODEKEY____.

65THEO65

sitsfingerspoisedoverthekeyboard.Hanssitsopposite.
Takagistandsliketheaccusedatthefootofthetable,has
justreadthescreen,blurts:

TAKAGI
Idon'thavethatcode...!
(beat;toHans)
Youbrokeinheretoaccessout
computer?!?Anyinformationyou
couldgettheywakeupinTokyo
inthemorning,they'llchangeit!
Youwon'tbeabletoblackmailour
executivesorthreaten

Hansbarkshimtosilence:

HANS
SITDOWN!

Takagicomplies.Hansisabruptlycompassionateandquiet.

HANS
Mr.Takagi...I'mnotinterestedinyour
computer.
(beat)
I'minterestedinthe640milliondollars
innegotiablebearerbondsyouhavein
youvault.

ONTakagi'sreaction.

HANS
Yes...Iknowaboutthem.Thecode
keyisanecessarystepinaccessing
thevault.

TAKAGI
Youwant...money?Whatkindof
terroristsareyou?

HANS
(amused)
Whosaidwewereterrorists?

65AMCCLANEENTERINGTHISFLOOR65A

Hetiptoesalong,gunheldready.HecanHEARtheMUMBLEof
voicesfromtheconferenceroom,movesslowlytowardsit.

65BCONFERENCEROOMRESUME65B

HansslowlytakesouthisWaltherandhissilencer.Hefeels
hissilenceramoment,asifmakingadecision,thenslipsit
backintohiscoatpocket.

HANS
(weighingthegun)
Thecodekey,please...?

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TAKAGI
It'suselesstoyou!There'sseven
safeguardsonourvault,andthe
codekeyisonlyoneofthem!You'll
nevergetitopen!

Hansliftsthegun.

HANS
Thenthere'snoreasonnottotell
ittous.

THEO
(asidetoKarl)
Itoldyou...

KARL
It'snotover...

Hansgivesthembothalooklikeanannoyedschoolmaster,
turnsbacktoTakagi.

HANS
Thisistooniceasuittoruin,
Mr.Takagi.I'mgoingtocount
tothree.Therewillnotbea
four.Givemethecode.

Hecocksthegun:

TAKAGI
Idon'tknowit!getonaGoddamn
jettoTokyoandaskthechairman!
I'mtellingyou!You'rejustgoing
tohavetokillme

HANS
Okay.

BANG!!Hepullsthetrigger:

66OUTINTHEMUSEUMMCCLANE66*

reactsasifshot.

A66AHISP.O.V.A66A*

Theglassdoorstotheboardroomaresplatteredredand
dripping...

66AINSIDE66A

Takagiisstillseated,butthechairinflatonitsback,
bloodflowingoutintothecarpet.

Hansspringstohisfeet:

HANS
Wedoitthehardway!Tony,seeif
youcandisposeofthat.(thebody)
Karl,you'dbettercheckHeinrich's
workuponthemachinefloor.

Karl,inthemidstofhandingTheoafiftydollarbill,nods.

67OUTSIDEMCCLANE67

stunned,seesHansmoveandtriestoretreat.Buthisgun
bumpstheundersideofthetable:

68INSIDEHANS68

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hearsit.Karlisthefirsttomove:

69KARL69

springsthroughthedoor,findsnothing.Hecheckstwo
adjoiningrooms,thefirstisdeserted.Thesecond...is
locked.

70KARL70

returnstoHans.

KARL
Nothing...

HANS
(nods)
SeetoHeinrich...
(toTheo)
Now...youcanbreakthecodekey...?

THEO
(grins)
Youdidn'tbringmealongformy
charmingpersonality.

Asheheadsfortheelevator.

THEO
(underhisbreath)
'Thoughyoucouldhave...

Hanssmiles,confidentinhisteam,andfollows.CAMERA
SETTLESONthedoorthatKarlfoundlocked.

71INSIDETHESUPPLYCLOSETMCCLANE71

slowlyletsoutabreath,prayingsoftly:

MCCLANE
Argyle.Tellmeyouheardtheshot.
Tellmeyouheardtheshotandyou're
callingthepolicerightnow...

CUTTO:

72INT.LIMOPARKINGGARAGE72

Argyleisonthecarphone.Themusicisplaying.

ARGYLE
I'mworking,honey.Workinghard.
'CourseI'llbebylatertopickyou
up,haveIeverliestoyou?Myboss?
HethinksI'mcruisingtoPalmSprings...

72AMACHINELEVELTIGHTONCEILING72A

HeinrichPRESSESsomethingintoanichehere,scrambleslike
amonkeytoanewposition.Helpedbyoneofhismen,he
JUMPSdown,movestoanotherarea,climbsupagain,removing
somethingfromhisshoulderbag.

73VAULTROOM31STFLOOR73

HansandTheoenterthesaferoom.Thehugecorporatesafe
loomsinfrontofthem.Theoplacesthreekitbagsontoa
tableandrollsuphissleeves.Heswivelsacomputerconsole
intohandyreach,sitsdown.

HANS

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Howlong?

THEO
Thirtyminutestobreakthecode...
Twohoursforthefivemechanicals.
Theseventhlock...that'soutof
myhands.

HANS
Ifoutplanworks...theFBIwill
getridofitforus.

Theogrins,beginstyping.

73AHISSCREEN73A

HetypesBEGINALGORITHMCODEPROGRAM.RANDOMNUMBERSAND
LETTERSbegingoingby:AAAAA;11111;AAAAB;11112.

7432NDFLOOR74

McClanemovesoutontothe31stfloor,angryathimself.

MCCLANE
Whythefuckdidn'tyoustophim?
(beat)
Because,youignorantsonofabitch,
you'dbedead,too.Think...think,
Goddamnit!

Suddenlyhelooksupattheceilingandseesasprinklerhead.
Hislookdropstothewallandfocusesonasmallredfirealarm
switchbythedoor.

75INT.MAINFLOORL.A.FIRESTATIONNIGHT75

AnALARMsounds.Quicklyfiremenmovetotheirmachinesasa
voiceofa911DISPATCHERdrones.

911DISPATCHER
MainWilshireunits.Twoalarmfire
atNakatomiPlaza

Thevoicecontinuesasthestationdoorsopenandwe:

CUTTO:

76INT.NAKATOMIGROUNDFLOOROPERATIONSROOMSAME76

Afirealarmindicatorlightshowingwhichfloorhassoundedthe
firealarmsuddenlybeginsflashing,emittingshort,loud
beeps.Eddie,theterroristintheguard'suniformandmanning
thestation,immediatelypicksuphisCB.

7732NDFLOORSAME77

McClanestandsatwindowslookingNorthwardforfiretrucks.
SuddenlyweSEEtheflashingredlightsofFOURENGINESin
traffictwomilesaway.

MCCLANE
C'mon,baby...cometoPapa.I'm
gonnakissyourGoddamndalmatian.

78INT.SERVICEELEVATORONHANSSAME78

Heridestheelevatorbacktothe30thfloorwithTony.

HANS
(calmly,toEddie
onCB)
Call911,givethemthenameand

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badgenumberonyouruniformand
cancelthealarm...thendisable
thesystem.
(looksacrossat
Tony,pressestalk
buttonagain)
Eddie?Whatfloordidthealarm
gooff?

78AMACHINEFLOOR78A

They'veheardthealarmhere,too.Heinrich,Marcoand*
UliHEARthealarmandcontinuetheirmysteriouswork.

79UNFINISHEDFLOORSAME79

McClanestandssilhouettedagainstthewindow.Inthedistance
hecanseeanotherfiretruckswingoffSantaMonicaonto
AvenueoftheStars.

Suddenlytheredlightonthefirsttruckgoesout,thenonthe
second.McClanewatchesindisbelief.Thetrucksslowand
turndownseparatesidestreets,headingforhome.

MCCLANE
(realizing)
Sonofabitch...

JustthentheelevatorbellringsandweHEARtheELEVATORDOORS
OPEN.Afigure(Tony)slipsintotheshadowshismachine
gundrawn.WeMOVEWITHHIMFROMtheelevatorareauntilhe
reachesthelightswitchandthrowsitilluminatingtheentire
floor.McClaneisgone.

80ONMCCLANE80

underadesk.Hetakesinhisoptions.

81HISP.O.V.81

ThefeetofTony.Theymoveslowlyinhisdirection.McClane
Looksdowntheaislenexttothewindows.Itleadstoaseries
ofcubiclesattheotherendofthefloorandisaclearpath
ifhecanmakeitpastTony.

82TONY82

HemovessteadilytowardtheareawherewesawMcClane.

TONY
Thefirehasbeencalledoff,my
friend.Nooneiscomingtohelp
you.Youmightaswellcomeout
andjointheothers.
(fingersthetrigger
ofhismachinegun)
Ipromisenottohurtyou.

Movingmoreconfidently,hestepsuptoMcClane'sdesk,then
arounditandfiresablastintothespace.Itisempty.As
theSOUNDOFTHEMACHINEGUNFADEShelistensandhearsanother
SOUNDaNOISEcomingfromtheotherendoftheroomnear
thecubicles.

Tonyheadstowardthenoise.Sensingatrap,hemovespast
eachcubiclecarefully,checkingeachofficeuntilhereaches
thedoorwayofthelastone.Thesoundisjustaroundthe
partition.Hetenses,thenspinsintothecubicle.

83TONY'SP.O.V.83

Aradialarmsawspinsnoisily.

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84TONY84

grinsathisnervousness.Hemovestoturnitoff,not
realizingthesoundhasburiedthesoftrustleofMcClane,
stepsINTOFRAMEbehindhim,McClaneshoveshispistolbarrel
againstTony'stemple.

MCCLANE
Freeze,Police...don'tmoveorname
yourbeneficiary.

Tonydoesn't.McClanecockshisBeretta.Tonywatcheshim
calmly.

TONY
Youwon'thurtme.

MCCLANE
Yeah?Whynot?

TONY
(smug)
Becauseyouareapoliceman.There
arerulesforpolicemen.

MCCLANE
Yeah.MyCaptainkeepstelling
methesamething.

McClanesuddenlyPISTOLWHIPSTonyacrossthehead.Tony
REELS,thenswallows,worriedforthefirsttime.

MCCLANE
Let'sgo.

SuddenlyTonyspinstothesideandMcClaneFIRES,butthe
bigman'smomentumslamsMcClaneintoafilingcabinetandsends
hispistolintothehall.

Tonyfireshismachinegun,butMcClanekickshimintothedesk.

Helockshisarmsaroundthebigman'sneckinaholdthat
sendsTonyreelingintothehall.McClaneholdsonasthey
slamthroughseveralplasticboardpartitions.Theycareen
acrossthehallintothestairwelldoor,openingit,andcrash
into:

85STAIRWELLLANDING85

thendowntheconcretestepsintothewallonthelandingbelow.
Foramoment,bothmenliestill.McClane,stillholdingonto
Tony'sneck,releasesitandtheman'sheadflopssickeningly
totheside.

ForamomentMcClanejustlooksatthedeadman.Then,slowly,
methodically,hebeginstoSEARCHHIM.Heturnsallhispockets
insideout,looksathisclothinglabels,stareslongandvery
hardataCaliforniadriver'slicensewithTony'spictureon
it.HeexpertlyexaminesthemachinegunwhenaHISSINGSOUND
comingfromsomewhereattractshisattention.

Herises,movescautiouslytothesource.

85ANEWANGLE85A

It'sTony'sCB,whichhasfallenfromthedeadman'swaistduring
thestruggle.McClanestaresatit,formulatingaplan.

CUTTO:

86INT.32NDFLOORNIGHT86

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PANFROMTony'snowshoelessfeetTOMcClane,whositsonthe
floornearthebodyhurriedlylacingupthedeadterrorist's
bootsonhisownfeet.Hetiesthelastlaceandtriestotake
acoupleofsteps.

Hewincesinpain,goesoffbalance.Quicklyhestartstaking
thebootsoff.

MCCLANE
Amillionterroristsintheworld
andIkilltheonewithfeet
smallerthanmysister.

Heyanksoffthebootsandtossesthemintothegarbage.Then
hepullsthebodyupandsetsitdownonasecretary'schair.
Hestartstopushitalongwhenhegetsanideaandmovesto:

86AADESK86A

Wherehescribblesanotewecannotreadonapieceofpaper.
ThenhiseyesfallonsomeXmasdecorationsnearby.Hesmiles
tohimself.

86BINTHEELEVATORUNFINISHEDFLOOR86B

TIGHTONMcClane'sbackashepushesTony'sbodyonswivel
chairintotheelevator.(NOTE:WECANNOTSEETONY'SHEAD)
CAMERAADJUSTSasMcClanepushesthebuttonsforthe31thand
30thfloors.

Wenoticehe'sgotthedeadman'smachinegunandthatawooden
deskrulerprotrudesfromMcClane'sbackpocket.

Theelevatordoorscloseandthecarstartsdown.Afterit's
droppedonlyhalfafloor,McClaneforcesthedoorsopenwith
hisfingersstoppingthecarbetweenfloors.

Usingtherulerheblocksopentheinsidedoors,thenopensthe
outsidedoorsofthefloorabove(31st)withhisfingersand
pullshimselfupontothecarpetedfloor,thenupontotheroof
ofthecar.Onceontheroofofthecarhereachesoverthe
edgeandremovestheruler,closingtheinsidedoorsandsetting
thecarinmotionagain.

86CHOSTAGEFLOOR86C

Thehostageshavebeengatheredtogetherinagroupinthecenter
oftheopenfloor,guardsflankingthem.Theelevatorsare
barelyvisiblefromtheedgeofthegroup,whichiswhereGinny
andHollyaresitting.Ginnywinces,uncomfortableonthefloor.
Hollysoothesher.Hansstandsinfrontofthemlikeastern
campcounselorinfrontoftheassembledbunk.

HANS
Iwantedthistobeprofessional,
efficient,adult,cooperative.Not
alottoask.Alas,yourMr.Takagi
didnotseeitthatway...
(harder)
Sohewon'tbejoiningusforthe
restofhislife.
(asthatsinksin)
Wearepreparedtogoanywayyou
makeus.Whenwehaveachievedour
aimsyoucanwalkoutofhere...
orbecarriedout.Decidenow,each
ofyou.Butrememberthatwehave
plannedeverythingtothelastdetail.
Wearecompletelyinchange.

A"DING"attractshisattention.Heturns.

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87NEWANGLE87

TheelevatordoorsOPENandFritz,guardingthearea.WHIRLS,
gunheldready.Hisjawdropashesees:

87ATONY'SBODYHISP.O.V.87A

Stillanddead,floppedinaswivelchair,aredSantahat
gailyplacedonhishead.

87BHANS87B

REACTS.

HANS
(indicatingthehostages)
Getthemoverthere.Schnell!

TheguardsquicklyhustlethehostagesawayasHanscrossesto
theelevator,butforbefore.

87CHOLLY87C

Seesthebody...andREACTS.Sheknowsherhusband'sabilities...
nottomentionhistwistedsenseofhumor.

87DNEARTHEELEVATOR87D

AsFritzstandsthere,confused,Hanscomestotheelevatorwith
Franco,liftsTony'schinandseesthathisneckhasbeen
snapped.HeseesafoldedpieceofpaperinTony'scollar,
takesitout.

87EINSERTTHENOTE87E

Itreads,"NowIhaveamachinegun.HOHOHO."

87FBACKTOSCENE87E

FRITZ
Perhapsasecurityguardwe
overlooked...?

HansliftsTony'schinagain,letstheheadflopover.

HANS
(thoughtfully)
Securityguard?They'reusually
tiredandburnedoutoldpolicemengrowing*
fatonapension...Thisis...
somethingelse.

87GROOFOFELEVATORSAMETIME87G

McClaneisstaringthroughatinycrackatthescenebelowhim.
CAMERAADJUSTSfromFritzintheb.g.toHansandFrancejust
below.

McClaneisWRITINGinhisweatherbeatencop'snotebook.The
firstnotationisNUMBEROFHOSTAGES:HOLLY+30odd.Then
itsays,NUMBEROFTERRORISTS?Aswewatch,headds"3?1
87HinLobby(?)and2+withhostages??Plusoneson87H
roof(3)."

FRITZ'SVOICE
(slightlyspooked)
Wehavetodosomething,Hans.

HANS'VOICE
(notpleased)
Yes...wehavetotellKarlhisbrother

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isdead.Tellhimtocomedown.

NowMcClanewrites"HANS=LEADER.Karl=BROTHER.USETHIS?"
AsFritzcallsKarlonhisCB,HanslooksatFranco.

HANS
Franco,youandFritztakethebody
upstairsandoutofsight.Idon't
wantthehostagestothinktoo
much.

88INT.ELEVATORSHAFTCARROOFONMCCLANESAME88

Ontopofthecar,listeningtotheconversationbelow.Franco
andFritzstepintothecarandthedoorsontheelevatorclose.
ThecaracceleratesupwardandMcClanegrabsontotheheavy,
greasecoatedcablestokeephisbalance.Alreadyhisclothes
aresoiled;hisfaceandfeet,armsandhairaredarkfromthe
dirtandsweat.Thecarspeedsuptheshaftpassingthecar
bringingKarldowntothehostagefloorandstopsatthe
machinefloor.ThedoorsopenandMcClanehearsthemrollthe
chairwiththebodyoffthecar.McClanelooksup.

89MCCLANE'SP.O.V.89

Ametalcatwalkrunsaroundtheinsideoftheelevatorshaft.

90MCCLANE90

pullshimselfupontoit.Ashemovesalongthecatwalklooking
forawayout,hepassesanunmarkedmetaldoor,2'x3'.McClane
pushesitopenandlooksin.

91MCCLANE'SP.O.V.91

Totaldarkness.

92MCCLANE92

takesoutacoin.Aquarter.Hestops,switchestoanickel.
Throwsitintothevoid.Itisafullfoursecondsuntilwe
HEARit"CHING"andbounceonconcretefarbelow.Youdon't
havetobeamathematicswhiztoknowit'salongdrop.

MCCLANE
Jesus...

HemovescautiouslyaroundacornerandweSEEametalladder
leadinguptoadoormarkedPUMPROOM.Openingthedoor
McClaneentersadarkened:

93PUMPROOM93

dampandfullofpipesandgoestoanotherdoor.Hecracksthe
doorandlooksout.

94MCCLANE'SP.O.V.94

Thelowerleveloftheroof.Openanddeserted.Onlyaheliport
abovehimishigher.

9530THFLOOR(HOSTAGEFLOOR)HOLLY'SOFFICESAME95

WIDENasaFILINGCABINETisFLUNGacrossthefloor,drawers
SLAMMINGout,papersflying.KARLhasdonethis,andhe's*
barelystarted.HeFLINGSaLAMPagainstawall,PUNCHESahole
intotheplaster.Finally,Hansgoestohim,layscontrolling
handsontheman'sshoulder.

HANS
Iknowwhatyouarefeeling.But
thisisnotproductive

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KARL
(pushinghimaway)
Hewasmyonlybrother...myonly
family!
(aflatstatement)
Iwantbloodformyblood.We
search...now.

Hestartstomove.Hansstopshim.

HANS
(firmly)
No.Heinrich'steammustfinish
plantingthedetonators...andTheo
needstimeonthevault.Afterthe*
policecomethey'llwastehourstrying
tonegotiate...that'swhenwesearch*
forthisman.Untilthen...wedonot
altertheplan.

KARL
(quietly)
Andifhealtersit...?*

ForonceHandsdoesn'thaveananswer.

95AHOSTAGESAROUNDTHECORNER95A

They'veheardthealarm,canseeandsensetheagitationamong
theircaptors.EllisslidesovertoHolly.

ELLIS
What'shappening?

HOLLY
Theydon'tlookhappy...something's
gonewrong.

ELLIS
Thepolice...?

HOLLY
(shakingherhead)
John.

ELLIS
John?Christ,hecouldfuckthis
wholethingup...whatdoeshethink
he'sdoing?

HOLLY
Howabouthisjob?

ELLIS
His'job'is3000milesaway.Without
him,theymightletusgo...atleast
wehaveachance...

HOLLY
(quietly)
TellthattoMr.Takagi.

96EXT.ROOFNIGHT96

McClaneclimbstotheheliportandleansagainsttheleewardside
ofawallsurroundingit.Shieldedfromwind,hepullsoutthe
CB,turnstochannelnine,andstartsbroadcasting.

MCCLANE
Mayday,Mayday!Anyone!Terrorists
haveseizedandNakatomibuilding

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andareholding30ormorehostages!
Isayagain

97OUTOUT97

98INT.HANS'OFFICESAME98

Hans,Karl,FritzandFranceheartheclearsignaloverHans'
CB.

MCCLANE'SVOICE
unknownnumberofterrorists,
sixormore,armedwithautomatic
weaponsatNakatomi,CenturyCity...
Somebodyanswerme,Goddamnit!

Karllooksalmost...satisfied.

HANS
Theroof.It'sthebestplaceto
transmit.

Theymove.

99INT.LOSANGLESEMERGENCYDISPATCHCENTERSAME99

ASUPERVISORweavesherwaybackfromthebreakroomtowarda
DISPATCHERwhoismonitoringthecall.

DISPATCHER
It'sthesameaddressasthatfire
signal*

SUPERVISOR
(frowning)
thefalsealarm?I'llhandle*
it.

Sheplugsinherheadset.(Hercondescending,arroganttoneis
liketheoneinthefamoustapewherethedispatchladyspends
somuchtimeonredtapethatthepatientdies.)

SUPERVISOR
(intomike)
Attention,whoeveryouare.This
channelisreservedforemergency
callsonly

MCCLANE'SVOICE
Nofuckingshit,lady!DoIsound
likeI'morderingapizza?

100OUTOUT100

101INT.SERVICEELEVATORONKARLSAME101

withFrancoandFritz.

KARL
Noonekillshimbutme.

It'sanorderandthelookhegivestheothertwobacksitup.
Karlcheckshismagazine,SLAPSitintohisrifleastheelevator
openstotheroof.

102EXT.UPPERROOF102

McClanemovesaroundtheroof,circlingthehelipad,makingsure
hehasagoodenoughviewtoavoidbeingambushed.Hecan't
seeinalldirectionsatoncebuthe'sdoingthebesthecan.

MCCLANE

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They'vealreadykilledonehostage,
andthey'refortifyingtheirpositions
whilewe'rebullshitting!Now,send
policebackupASAP!

SUPERVISOR'SVOICE
Sir,I'vealreadytoldyou,thisis
areservedchannel.Ifthisisan
emergencycall,dial911onyour
telephone.OtherwiseIwillreport
youtothepolice

MCCLANE
(totheradio)
fine!Reportme!Hey,comedown
hereandfuckingarrestme!Send
thepolice.NOW!

Suddenlymachinegunshellsripintotheconcretewallinfront
ofhim.Thenoiseisdeadeningaswe:

CUTTO:

103INT.DISPATCHEROFFICESAME103

BothSupervisorandDispatcherreachfortheirheadsetsin
painfromtheINTENSESOUNDand:

104OUTOUT104

105EXT.ROOFONMCCLANESAME105

Running.Tracerbulletsripintothewallbehindhim.He
reachesthecornerandseestheothertwoterroristsmoving
towardhim.Beforetheyseehim,heleapsdowntothenext
leveloutofrangeofKarl.

106INT.EMERGENCYDISPATCHSAME106

TheDispatcherlookscriticallyattheSupervisorinthe
suddensilence.

SUPERVISOR
(importantly)
Ad...haveablackandwhitedoa
driveby.

CUTTO:

107INT.711ATTHECOUNTERNIGHT107

TIGHTasoneafteranotherafteranotherHOSTESSTWINKIEis
stackeduponthecounter.CAMERAWIDENSandweSEEthe
youngmaleCLERK,whostiflesasmile.Anotherteenage
employeebehindthecounteralsosmothersalaugh.

ThecustomerisPOWELL,youngforapoliceveteran,oldfor
therestoftheworld.

CLERK
Thoughtyouguysjustatedonuts.

POWELL
They'reformywife.She'spregnant.
IfIknewshewasgonnaeatadozen
atashot,Iwouldaboughtstockin
thecompany.

TheClerknodsandputstheminabag.AsPowellpays,suddenly
hisBELTRADIOcracklestolife.

DISPATCHER'SVOICE/RADIO

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DispatchtoOneAdamTen,over.

Powellgrabstheradio,speaksintoit.

POWELL
OneAdamTen,goahead.

DISPATCHER'SVOICE/RADIO
InvestigateacodetwoatNakatomi
Plaza,CenturyCity.

POWELL
(thinking)
NakatomiPlaza?

Hemovestothedoor,stepsoutside.

107AEXT.CONVENIENCESTORE107A

Powelllookstowardsthehorizonandup.

Thereitis,Nakatomi,inallitsgleamingglory.

DISPATCHVOICE
OneAdamTen,doyoucopy?

Powellisalreadymovingtothecar.Hetossesinthetwinkies,
hopsbehindthewheel.

POWELL
(intopolice
radio)
Roger,dispatch.I'montheway.

AndheBURNSRUBBERleavingthestore:

CUTTO:

108EXT.ROOFONMCCLANENIGHT108

runningforhislife,fromFritzandFranco,doesn'trealize
heisbeingherdedaroundthebuildingtowardKarl.Suddenly
McClaneturnsacornerandseesKarl.Thebigmanfiresa
burstandMcClaneducksbackstoppingattheexteriordoor
tothepumproomheusedbefore.Itislockedfromtheinside.

HeBLOWSthelockoffwithaburstfromhismachinegunand
slipsintothedarknessofthe:

109ELEVATORSHAFTNEARPUMPROOM109

Comingquicklyoutofthepumproom,McClanepickshisway
overthesamegroundasafewminutesbeforeandopensthedoor
totheelevatorshaft.Thedimlylitshaftyawnsbeforehim.
Hestartsdowntheladderbacktothecatwalk,movesalong
itSTOPS.

Thecatwalkends,andtheelevatorisgone.

109AINT.PUMPROOMOTHEREND109A

Karlcrosses,startstoopenthedoortotheelevatorshaft
whensuddenlytheirradiocrackleswith

HANS'VOICE
Karl?Franco?Didyoucatchhim?

FRANCO
No,buthe'sintheelevatorshaft.

HANS'VOICE
Prefect.Theelevatorsarelockedoff.*

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Hecan'tescape.Justshuthiminand
returntobase.

KARL
Hans,hekilledbybrother

HANS
(morefirmly)
Karl,Iknowyouwanthim,butthe
policeareprobablyontheirway.
Maybewecanconvincethemitwasall
amistake,butnotiftheyheargunshots!
Ifyoulockhiminhe'llbeneutralized
nowdoit!Karl?Karl!

Karlturnsoffhisradio.Inthelightoftheirflashlights,
thetwootherterroristslookatKarlinstunneddisbelief.
Heopensthedoortotheelevatorshaft.

109BINT.ELEVATORSHAFTONMCCLANE109B

He'sOVERHEARDenoughofthistorealizehe'sindeepshit.
Hebacktrackstotheairshaftdoor,strikesacigarette
lighter.

110OUTOUT110
117117

117AELEVATORSHAFT(OPPOSITESIDE)117A

Karlstepsofftheladdertothecatwalk,hisowngunheld*
ready.

118MCCLANE118

HEARINGKarl'sapproach,McClanethinksfast,looksdownat
hisnarrowconfines,andthenat:

118AHISWEAPON118A

anditscanvasgunslingandmetalstrapslides.

118BBACKTOSCENE118B

Quickly,McClaneletsoutalltheslackinthesling.Then,
heBRACEStheweaponacrosstheoutsideopeningoftheair
shaftdoorandlowershimselfintothe:

119AIRSHAFT119

meanwhileholdingontothecanvasslingwithhiselbowsbent
overitlikeakiddoingahalfassesskinthecatonaswing
set.

Hisfeetslowlymovedownthesmoothaluminumwallsuntilthey
reachthetopoftheairduct,thenDANGLEintheopenspace.
Hestraightenshisarmstogivehimlengthenoughtotouch
thebottomedgeoftheduct.

SuddenlyheFEELSsomethingGIVEabovehimandlooksup.

120CLOSEONTHESLING120

Itwasdesignedtocarryagunonaman,notviceversa.The
fewinchesofextracanvasareslidingthroughtheclips.
Whenthey'regone...hewillbetoo.

121KARL121

Hemovessilentlytowardthecorner.

122CLOSEMCCLANE'STOES122

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nowonlyinchesfromthebottomedge.McClane'sarmsare
fullyextendednow.HehearsKarlonthemetalcatwalk.His
musclesstrainandquiver.

123THESLING123

Oneofthecanvasendslipsthroughtheclip.

124ONMCCLANE124

FALLING.Hegrabstheledgeoftheairductashefallsand
hisbodyslamsintothealuminumwallwithanechoingBOOM.
Abovehimonthecatwalktheriflerattlesonthemetaloutside
thedoor.

125ONKARL125

AroundthecornerKarlFREEZES,unsureofthesound:

126ONMCCLANE126

holdingontotheledgebyhishands.Witheveryounceof
strengthhetriestopullhimselfupintothehorizontalduct,
clawingforahold.

127ONKARL127

HeroundsthecornerandseesMcClane'sriflelyingbeneath
thedoorway.Hemovestothesmalldoor,shineshislightand
aimshisrifledownintotheairshaftreadytofire.

128HISP.O.V.128

Theshaftisdeserted.Movinghislightaroundheseestheair
duct.Withouthesitationheturnsandbacktrackstothepump
roomdoor.

129INT.AIRCONDITIONINGDUCTONMCCLANESAME129

Heliesexhaustedandmotionlessinthenarrowcrawlspace.He
awkwardlyfishesoutthelighterfromhisshirtpocketand
thumbsitON.

TheflickeringGLOWshowshimthisain'tnoplacefor
claustrophobicsit'salong,longlongdarkandnarrow
corridorfullofweirdshadows.Thefarend(ifthereeven
ifone?)isBLACK.

MCCLANE
Whew...foramomentthereIwas
worried.

Heturnsouthislighter,andstartscrawling.

130OUTOUT130
133133

133AINT.MACHINEFLOOR133A

Thethreeterroristsrushdownfromtheroofinhotpursuit,
Karlleadingthewaythroughthedoor.Karlpointsquicklyto
theleftandrightwherethereareaseriesofrooms.The
otherschecksthesewhileKarlapproachestheCAMERA,trigger
fingerITCHING.Almostimmediately,theothersreturn.

FRANCO
(awhisper)
Nothing.

Karllookspuzzled.Thenhethinks,mentallyretracingMcClane's
fewoptions.Karl'seyesscanthearchitecturehere,andthen

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133BOUTOUT133B*

134HISP.O.V.134*

Theceilingiscrisscrossedwithairducts.Hefiresa*
burstintotheducts.

135INT.AIRDUCTSAME135

McClaneremainsmotionlessintheairduct.Threequartersize
holesinchesfromhisfaceshowhowcloseKarlcametonailing
him.Sweatcovershisface,dripssilentlyontothealuminum.

136MACHINEROOM136

Karllistenspatientlyforsound.Justthenthetwoother
terroristsreturn.

FRANCO
Nothing.

Karlhesitatesamoment,fightinghisinstinctsbeforefinally
turningtogo.SuddenlytheductMcClaneisinGROANSslightly
underhisweight.Karlstopsandlooksupatthematrixof
aluminumductwork,tryingtosingleoutthesourceofthe
sound.Hestepsbackintotheroomandraiseshisrifle.
Holdingituprighthepressesthebarrelupintothebelly
ofMcClane'sairduct,feelingforweighttheweightofa
body.

137INSIDETHEAIRDUCT137

McClaneseestheindentionofthebarrelpressingintothe
aluminumfifteenfeetaway.Thereisapauseandanother
threefeetcloser.HecanhearKarl'sfootstepsonthe
concretemovingslowlybelowtheduct.

138ONKARL138

Hiseyesarefixedabovehimontheairduct.Hepressesthe
barrelupagain.Stillnothing.

139ONMCCLANE139

Silentlyhemoveshishand,slowlydrawshisBeretta.The
nextindentionpressesupsixfeetaway.McClanepointshis
gundownwardandwaits.

140KARL140

stopsdirectlybelowhim.Thebarrelstartsupandjust
touchestheductunderMcClanewhenFrancoreturnstothe
doorandcalls:

FRANCO
Karl!Police!Comeon.

Karlhesitatesthenlowershisgunandleaves.

141CLOSEMCCLANE141

Hehearsthedoorcloseandlowershishead.

141AINT.33RDFLOORSAFEROOM141A

ThelargeLEDWINDOWinthefrontofthesafeBEEPSandletters
creepby:ACCESSCODEACCEPTED.WeHEARaCLUNK.

CAMERAADJUSTStoshowTheo,whogrins.Nowhiscomputer
screenreads,LOCK#1DISABLED.DOYOUWISHTOPROCEED?

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Theoputsgogglesonhiseyes,holdsouthishandstowards
Kristofflikeadoctorrequestingascalpel.Kristoffgives
himaGIANTDRILL.

THEO
YoubetyourassI'mgonnaproceed.

Heturnsonthedrill:

142OUTOUT142

143EXT.CENTURYCITYAVENUEOFTHESTARSNIGHT143

Thestreetisempty,quiet.Alonepoliceblackandwhite
pullsoutoftheshadowsofasidestreetandbeginsaslow
cruisetowardtheNakatomibuilding.

144ONPOWELL144

Driving,alone.Hestartsupatthetower.Itseemscalm,
itsglowinglightsmatchingthewarmthoftheholiday
decorationsonthestreets.Powellslowstoastopand
scansthepremises.InthelobbyweSEEEddie,sittingbehind
thedesk.Powellreportstohisradio.

POWELL
Guardinside.Nosignsofdisturbance
...I'mgoingupforacloserlook.

Hepullsinandparksinthefront.

145INT.MACHINEROOMSAME145

McClanepunchesoutaceilingventanddropsdownintothe
machineroom.Foramomenthestands,listeningforsounds
ofmovement.Thefloorisquiet.Hegoestothestairwell.

146EXT.ROOFSAME146

Theedgeoftheroof.Suddenlyatallterrorist,James,
movesalongthewallandlooksoveratPowell'scar.

147INT.3RDFLOORSAME147

TheelevatordoorsopenonKarl,FrancoandFritz.They*
stepoutontothedarkenedfloor.WeSEElargenumber"3"
paintedonthedoorsofthisfloor.

TheymovequicklytowardthewindowsontheAvenueoftheStars
sidewhereaterrorist,ALEXANDER,withaBARriflehassetup
amachinegunnestunderahalfopenedwindow.Directlybelow
himweSEEPowell'scar.

AlexanderPANSthepolicecarwithhisweapon,fingeronthe
trigger.Thisisclearlyamanhungryforaction.

14830THFLOOR(HANS'OFFICE)SAME148

Hanswatchesfromabove.HeraiseshisCB.

HANS
(hisusualcalm)
Eddie?

149INT.LOBBYSAME149

EddiepicksuphisCB.HewatchesPowellcomingupthestairs.

EDDIE
(toCB)
Hadafeelingyou'dbecalling...

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HANS'VOICE
Lethimin.

Eddieisalittlestartled,buthemovesquickly.

149AALEXANDER149A

alsohearsthis,andhiseagerexpressionfades.Butorders
areorders.

150EXT.FRONTDOOROFNAKATOMISAME150

Powelltriesthefrontdoors.Locked.Eddiecomeshustling
acrossandunlocksthedoorwiththemagneticcard.

EDDIE
Evening,officer.What'sup?

Powellstepsinandlooksaround.BlandHOLIDAYMUZAKfilters
fromSpeakershere.(LETITSNOW)*

POWELL
Wegotanemergencycallthatthere
wasaproblemhere.

151INT.34THFLOORBOARDROOMSAME151*

McClanemakeshiswaytotheAvenueoftheStarssideof
thebuilding,enterstheboardroomwhereTakagiwasshot.
McClanegoestothewindowsandlooksdownatthestreet.

152HISP.O.V.152

Powell'scar.

MCCLANE
Allright!

McClanewaits,expectant.Fiveseconds.Tenseconds.But
nocommotion,noshouting.Hefrowns.

MCCLANE
Where'sthefuckingcavalry?

152AINT.LOBBYSAMETIME152A

Powellwalkscasuallyacrosstheslickfloor,eyespanningthe
area.Eddiesitscasuallywatchingagameononeofhis
monitorscreens.

EDDIE
Wealreadyhadthatfalsealarm,you
askme,theGoddamncomputerssent
yououtonanotherwildgoosechase.
Theybeenchasingbugsinthatsystem
sincetheyinstalledit.
(tothescreen)
Oh,shit,comeon,Igotfiftybucks
onyouassholes!

Powell'sfaceshowsushe'sstartingtothinkhe'swastinghis
time.

152BOUTOUT152B
153153

153AWITHMCCLANE153A

Thesilenttensionisdrivinghimcrazy.

MCCLANE

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Comeon,comeon...who'sinthat
car,StevieWonder?

Hemakesuphismind.Heliftsoneofthebigchairsand
swingsitatthewindow.Thetemperedglasswhitensonthe
firstblow.

153BEXT.ROOF153B

Jamesseestheglasswhitenbelowhimandshoutsintohismike.

153CINT.MACHINEFLOOR153C

HeinrichhearstheradioandshoutstoMarcowhograbshis
machinegunandruns.

154INT.LOBBY154

EddiewatchesconfidentlyasPowellmovesthroughthelobby
lookingforsignsoftrouble.

154AAROUNDTHECORNERFROMPOWELL154A

Uliisthere,gunheldready.*

155BOARDROOM34thFLOOR155

McClanedrawsthechairbackforthefinalhitwhenaterrorist
(MARCO)appearsatthedoor.Bothmenreact,butMarcoalready
hashisgunup.HeFIRESaroundatMcClane.Thebulletsrip
intothetabletopandthechair,andMcClanegoesdownbehind
thetable.

156OUTOUT156
156A156A

157INT.34thFLOORBOARDROOM157

Marcosmilesandmovesaroundtotheothersideofthetable,
butfindsnoone.Helooksaroundfranticallythansquats
beneaththetableandsees:

158MCCLANE158

lyingprone,hispistoltrainedonhim.

MCCLANE
Dropitoryou'rearugstain.

159BOARDROOMDOORWAY159

JustthenHeinrich,theterroriststepsintothedoorway,sees
thesituation.

HEINRICH
Marco,duck!

Marcodivessideways,butHeinrichstillisn'tquickenough.
McClaneFIRESTWICEandHeinrichDROPSsprawlinginthehallway,
machinegunFIRINGBLINDLYuntilhehitsthefloor.

159AHOSTAGEFLOOR159A

TheycanFAINTLYHEARthegunshots.Hollypales:

159BTHELOBBY159B

AllPowellcanhearhereis"LETITSNOW,LETITSNOW."He
STOPSjustayardfromseeingthearmedterrorist,turnsback.

POWELL
Screwthis.

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Heturnsback.

159CTHEBOARDROOM159C

Marcospringsontopofthehugetable.McClanerollsonhis
backsohecancovereitheranglebutitisclearthatMarco
isinthemoreenviableposition.

160ONMARCO160

onthetabletopslamsinafreshmagazineandsmiles.

MARCO
Nexttimedon'thesitate.

Heleanshismachinegunovertheedge.

161MCCLANE161

aimsdirectlyabovehimandfirestwiceintotheunderside
ofthetable.ThebulletsripthroughthetableandMarco,
whoDROPSbesideMcClane.

MCCLANE
Thanksfortheadvice.

162OUTOUT162

163INT.LOBBYSAME163

Powellheadsforthedoor.Eddiemovestolockupafterhim.

POWELL
Sorrytowateryourtime.Merry
Christmas.

Powellgoesout.

164INT.34THFLOORBOARDROOMSAME164

McClanerollsoutfromunderthetable,goestothewindows,
andlooksdownintimetoseePowellheadingforthecar.

MCCLANE
Oh,man,please,no

Desperate,heleansontheglass...whichCRACKSagain,onthe
vergeofgoing.McClanethinks...looksoverhisshoulderat
thebodyofMarco.

165INT.POWELL'SPOLICECARSAME165

Powellcheckinonhisradio.Unconsciouslyhebeginsto
HUMtheMuzakheoverheardinthelobby.

POWELL
OneAdamTento6421.Wehada
wildgoosechaseonthat436.
Everything'sokayhere.Over.
(waiting,loosening
histie,hemurmurs)
'Oh,theweatheroutsideisfrightful,
butthe...theuh,dum,dedum's
delightful...'

DISPATCHER'SVOICE
Roger,OneAdamTen.Wethoughtit
wasacrankcallanyway.Clearto
codeeight.

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Roger.
(puttingthe
carintogear)
'...letissnow,letitsnow,let
itsnow'

SuddenlyMarco'sbodyCRASHESontothehoodofhiscar.

POWELL
(terrified)
JesusH.Christ!
(grabbingfor
hisradio)
6421,thisisOneAdamTen

SuddenlyabarrageofMACHINEGUNFIREfromAlexanderonthe
thirdfloordrownsouthiscall!Powellducksandflattens
againsttheseatasbulletsblowoutthefrontwindow,
coveringhiminglass.

DISPATCHER'SVOICE
Roger,OneAdamTen,pleaserepeat.

ButPowellacceleratesinreverseawayfromthebuilding,
keepinghisheadlowandprayinghedoesn'thitanything
asthebulletsfollowhim,diggingintoasphalt.Ahalfblock
awayhiscarrunsoffthepavementanddownaSLOPE,finally
BOUNCINGtoajarringHALTinaparkinglotwhichisdestined
tobecomepoliceH.Q.afewpagesfromnow.Powellsitsup
andclutchesthemike.

POWELL
OneAdamTen,underautomaticrifle
fireatNakatomi!Requestingimmediate
backupandSWATassistance...

166INT.34THFLOORBOARDROOM166*

McClanelooksdownatPowellandgrins.

MCCLANE
Welcometotheparty,pal.

CUTTO:

166AINT.OFFICETVSTATIONSAMETIME166A

WIDENFROMAPOLICESCANNER.Wetakeintheactionhere,
allcolorcoordinationandslickness.RICHARDTHORNBURG,*
localTVnewsreporter,isonthephonetohisgirlfriend.

THORNBURG*
(intophone)
ofcourseIcangetusatable,
Wolfgangandme,we'relikethat.
Iinterviewedhim...holdon,*
babe...

Hecoversthemouthpiece,becausehe'sbecomeawareofwhat's
comingfromthescanner.

POLICESCANNER
(variousvoices)
attentionallunits.Officer
pinneddownbyautomaticweapon
fireatNakatomi,CenturyCity
requestassistant(ETC)

POWELL'SVOICE
(intermixedwith
allthis)

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guys,youwanttocutthrough
theredtape?Theypractically
turnedthiscarintoSwisscheese!

THORNBURG
(pleased)
Allright...!

Hedropsthephone,pickupanother.Shouts

THORNBURG
Mary,thisisDick.Iwantaremote
truckandacrewtomeetmeatthe
Southgateinfifteenminutes...
(listens)
Damnright,fifteen...
(listens)
Wherearewegoing?
(Hearinggunshots)
ForanEmmy!

Now,hearingMACHINEGUNFIRE,Thornburghangsupthesecond
phone.Runsoutoftheroom.CAMERAPANSBACKTOthefirst
phone.

WOMAN'SVOICE
Richard?Richard?

167EXT.CENTURYCITYNIGHT167

Sirenswailasthefirstfewpolicecarsarrive.Powellsees
them,wavesthemback,pointstothethirdfloor.

168INT.HOSTAGEWINGONELLISSAME168

Heleansbackandcloseshiseyes,luxuriatinginthesound
ofWAILINGPOLICESIRENS.HelooksatHolly.

ELLIS
IneverthroughI'dlovetohear
thatsound.

169HANS'OFFICE169

Hans,Karl,FritzandFrancoconfer.

HANS
(inmidspeech)
allofyou,stayatyourposts!
Weknewthatpoliceactionwas
inevitable...
(anoddsmile)
...Infact,it'snecessary.Solet
themstarttheirfeebleefforts;
untilthem,staycalm.Wehave
thehostages,remember.Weare
stillincharge.

SuddenlyHans'CBcracklestolife.

HANS
(pickingitup)
Itoldallofyou...Iwantradio
silenceuntilfurther

INTERCUT:

169AMCCLANE34thFLOORBOARDROOM169A*

He'sgotaCBonthetableandON,andhiscop'snotebookis
outagain.He'salreadyupgradedtheNUMBEROFTERRORISTS?
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speakshetakesammoclipsthedeadmendropped,their
sidearms,etc.

MCCLANE
Gee,I'msorry,Hans,nobodygave
methemessage.Youshouldaput
itonthebulletinboard.Anyway,
IthoughtyouandFrancoandKarl
andtheotherboysmightbelonely,
nowthatIwaxedTonyandMarcoand
theirbuddy.SoIinvitedsomeof
theguysfrommycardgame.

Intheoffice,theterroristsREACT,startled,asMcClane
namedrops.

FRANCO*
How...howdoesheknowsomuch
about

HANS
(wavingforsilence)
Ah,howniceofyoutocall.I
assumeyouareourmysteriousparty
crasher.Youaremosttroublesome
fora...securityguard?

170INT.34thFLOORONMCCLANEINTERCUT170*

Movingdownthecorridor.NowarmedwithMarco'smachine
gunandcarryingHeinrich'skitbag,heseemsmorelethal.*

MCCLANE
(intoCB)
BZZZ!Sorry,Hans,wrongguess.
Wouldyouliketogofor
DoubleJeopardy,wherethestakes
aredoubleandthescoresreally
change?

HerollsHeinrichoverandisdelightedtofindapackof
Gauloise'sintheman'spocket.Hetakesthem,patsthe*
deadman'sface.

MCCLANE
(sotto,tothebody)
Badforyourhealthanyway.

HANS
Whoareyou,then?

MCCLANE
Justtheflyintheointment,Hans.
Themonkeyinthewrench,thepain
intheass

McClaneSTOPSinmidspeech.He'sjustopenedthekitbag
Heinrichhadoverhisshoulderwhenhedied.NowMcClane
takesoutthecontents...dozensanddozensofEXPLOSIVE
DETONATORSmarked"DANGER"andaCHUNKofcellowrapped
PLASTIQUEthesizeofanelectricrazor.HeWHISTLESin
surprisetohimself.

Intheoffice,Hansturnsoffhismikeforamoment,turns
toKarl.*

HANS
Checkonalltheothers...don't
usetheradio.Seeifhe'slying
aboutMarcoandfindoutifanyone*
elseismissing.*

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Hemoves.HansgoesbackontotheCB.Meanwhile,McClane*
SMILESatthetelltaleSTATICasHansgoesoffandon.He
knowswhat'shappening.Now,hestartstowalkdown
acorridor,eyesPANNINGFROMelevatortothestairwell
doors.

HANS
Mr.MysteryGuest.Areyoustill
there?

MCCLANE
Iwouldn'tthinkofleaving,Hans.
Unlessyouwanttoopenthefront
door...?

HANS
I'mafraidnot.Butyouhaveme
atalossyouknowmyname,but
whoareyou?
(scornfully)
JustanotherAmericanwhosawtoo
manymoviesasachild.Another
orphanofabankruptculturewho
thinkshe'sJohnWayne...Rambo...
MarshalDillion.

MCCLANE
Actually,Iwasalwayspartialto
RoyRogers.Ireallydugthose
sequinedshirts.

HANS
(harsh)
Doyoureallythinkyouhaveachance
againstus,Mr.Cowboy?

ALIGHTblinksontheelevator.

MCCLANE
(longpause)
Yipeeyiyea...motherfucker.

McClanegoesquietlythroughthestairwelldoorandisgone
bythetimethesearchpartystepsontothisfloor.

Hanssitsquietly...thinking.

170AOUTOUT170A

CUTTO:

171INT.30THFLOORSAME171

Karlstepsofftheelevatorandgoesthroughthecrowdof
hostagestoHans.

KARL
(quietly)
Hewasn'tlyingaboutMarco:He's
thirtystoriesdownonthestreet.
TheothermanisHeinrich,andIfound
hisbodyupstairs.
(pause;Hanslooks
alarmed)
Andhisbagismissing.

HANS
Hehadthedetonators!
(intoCB)
Theo?Theo!

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171ATHEOINSAFEROOM171A

WithKristoff,hehasDRILLEDTWOHOLESinthesafeandis
workingonathirdwhenheHEARStheCB.Heturnsoffthe
drill,answers.

THEO
Yo!

HANS
Wemayhavesomeproblems.Howis
yourschedule?

Theomovestohiscomputerscreenwhichshowsaschematicof
thesafeandblinkingiconsandthewordsMECHANICALS#2
and#2DISABLED.

THEO
Threedown,fourtogo

HANS
Thendon'twastetimetalkingto
me.

SuddenlyallREACTtoanearbyCBtransmitterwhichbroadcasts.

POWELL'SVOICE
ThisisSergeantAlPowellofthe
LosAngelesPoliceDepartment.If
thepersonwhoradioedforhelpon
thischannelcanhearme,acknowledge
thistransmission...Isayagain...

172INT.33RDFLOORONMCCLANENIGHT172*

MCCLANE
(toCB)
Ireadyou,Powell.Youtheguy
inthecar?

INTERCUT:

173EXT.POLICEOPERATIONSTRAILER173

Powellstandsinfrontofhisdestroyedcruiserandlooks
upatthebuilding.Behindhimtechnicians,CityPowerand
Lightpersonnel,SWATofficersinprotectivegear,etc.,arrive
fromalldirections.Atrailerisbeingbackedintoaparking
lot,whichwillbecomethepolicecenterofoperations.It
islikewatchingasmalltownbeingconstructedrightbefore
youreyes.

POWELL
(toCB)
What'sleftofhim.Canyou
identifyyourself?

INTERCUT:

173AHANSANDKARL173A

Listeningintently.

MCCLANE
Maybelater.Justlistenfast
becausethisisapartylineand
theneighborsaretriggerhappy.
Nowhere'stheskinny:There's
thirtyorsohostagesonthe
30thfloor,withprobably2or3
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TheleaderhereisnamedHans,
andbesidesthepeashooterhe
ventilatedyourcarwith,*
theygotmachinegunsand*
sidearmsuptheyinyang.Ontop
ofthatoneof'emhadabigenough
chunckofplasticexplosiveto
orbitKateSmith.*

NOTE:ThefollowingdialogueissaidOVERMcClane's.

FRANCO
Wehavetofindhimandshuthim
up!He'stellingthemeverything

HANS
(shakinghishead,
calming)
Thepoliceareirrelevant.We've*
waitingfortheFBI.Untilthey*
arrive,wecan'tfinishoutwork.
Meanwhile,letthisfoolwastetime
forthepolice.Fritz,gohelpUli*
findthebag.

TheCAMERATIGHTENSONhim

HANS
Wemustfindthosedetonators.

Theyleave.

173BWITHMCCLANE173B

POWELL'SVOICE
Howmanyarethere?

MCCLANE
(thinkingaboutit)
Figuringthere'satleastoneto
coverthelobby,acouplewiththe
hostages...I'dsaytheycamein
withaboutadozen...butthey're
downtoninenow,includingthe
skydiveryoualreadymet.These
guysaremostlyEuropeans,judging
bytheirclothinglabels,andthey're
wellfinancedandveryslick.

POWELL
Howdoyouknow?

MCCLANE
I'veseenenoughphoneyID'sin
mytimetorecognizethattheones
they'vegotcostafortune.Addall
thatupandIdon'tknowwhatthe
fuckitmeans,butthesearebad
assprepsandthey'reheretostay.

WenoticethateverythingMcClanehassaidabout"clothing"
andID'sandpolicejargon,etc.,hassetoffalittlebuzzer
inPowell'sbrain.

POWELL
Ihearyou...
(onahunch)
Partner.AndLA'sfinestareonit,
solight'emifyougot'em.

MCCLANE
I'maheadofyou...partner.

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POWELL
Uh,whatdoIcallyou?

Amoment.McClanesmiles.Whatthehell?

MCCLANE
'Roy'.

POWELL
Gotit...'Roy'.Nowlisten.If
youthinkofanythingelseyouthink
weneedtoknow,don'tbeshy,okay?
InthemeantimeIwantyoutofind
asafeplaceandholeupandlet
usdoourjob.Understand?

MCCLANE
(toCB)
They'reallyours,Al.Goodluck.

McClaneturnsoffhisCBandsitsagainstthewall.

174OUTOUT174
176176

177EXT.POLICEOPERATIONSNIGHT177

Anunmarkedpolicecarpullsupacrossthestreetfrom
NakatomibuildingandaMANinasportcoatclimbsout.
Stocky,hishairalittletooperfect,theveryfactthat
heistheDeputyChiefofPoliceOperationsonaChristmasEve
givessomeevidencetohispositioninthepeckingorder.His
nameisDWAYNET.ROBINSONandhemovesbrusquelypastpolice
techniciansandgoestotheforwardgroupofofficers.

ROBINSON
Who'stalkingtothem?

Powellturnsaround

POWELL
Iam,Sir...SergeantAlPowell.

ROBINSON
DwayneRobinson.Well,whathave
youlearned?Whatdotheywant?

POWELL
Theterrorists?Don'tknow,Sir.
Wehaven'theardapeepfromthem.

ROBINSON
(puzzled)
Thenwhothehellhaveyoubeen
talkingtoo?

POWELL
Wedon'texactlyknow,Sir.Hewon't
giveushimname.Heappearstobethe
manwhocalledinthereport...he's
killedoneoftheterroristsforsure
andclaimshecappedtwoothers.

ROBINSON
(exasperated)
Heclaims?Powell,hasitoccured
toyouhecouldbeoneofthe
terrorists,pullingyourchain?
Orsomekindofnutcasewho

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Idon'tthinkso,Sir.Infact...
Ithinkhe'sacop.Maybenot
LAPD,butdefinitelyabadge.

ROBINSON
Howdoyouknow?

POWELL
Ahunch.Thingshesaid.Like,
knowinghowtorecognizeaphony
ID

ROBINSON
(exasperated)
recognizingphonyID's?Christ,
Powell,hecouldbeafucking
bartenderforallweknow!

SomethingdrawsRobinson'sattention.Helooksat:

178HISP.O.V.REMOTENEWSTRUCK178

Pullingupandparkingjustbeyondthebarricades.
RichardThornburggetsout,startssupervisingthe*
positioningofcameras.

178ABACKTOSCENE178A

ROBINSON
Ohshit...

179HOSTAGEFLOOR179

HansexaminesbuildingplansatHolly'sdesk.Behindhim
theTVisON,thesoundmuted.TVcopstriumphoveroafish
badguys.

HanslooksupasFritzbringsinHolly.

HOLLY
I...havearequest.

HANS
Oh?Whatidiotputyouincharge?

HOLLY
(evenly)
Youdid.
(onhislook)
YoumurderedbyBoss.Now...
(wavingtowards
thehostages)
They'relookingtome.Personally
I'dpassonthejab.Idon'tenjoy
beingthisclosetoyou.

Hansisimpressedbyhercandor.Andshe'seasyenough
ontheeyes.

HANS
Goon.

HOLLY
Wehaveapregnantwomanoutthere
(onhislook)
relax,she'snotduefortwo
weeks,butamarblefloorisn't
doingherbackanygood.I'dlike
permissionforhertomoretoone
oftheofficeswherethere'sasofa.

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No.ButI'llhaveasofabrought
outtoyou.Goodenough?

HOLLY
Goodenough.Andunlessyoulike
ismessy,you'dbetterstarttaking
usingroupstothebathroom.

HANS
(nods)
Yes,you'reright.Itwillbedone.

Henodstooneofhismen,andsheiswavedtothedoor:

Asshegoes:

HANS
Mr.Takagichosehispeoplewell,
Mrs...?

HOLLY
Gennero.MissGennero.

Henods,thoughtful.Shegoesout.Hanssuddenlynotices:

180CLOSERTV180

Aslide"SPECIALBULLETIN"hasappeared.Thischangestoa
SHOToftheNakatomibuildingwith"LIVE"superedoverit.
RichardThornburgisinfront.TheCAMERATIGHTENSONhim.

THORNBURG
ThisisRichardThornburg,speaking
toyoulivefromCenturyCity...
whereLosAngeleshasjoinedthe
sadbutworldwidefraternitywhose
onlymembershiprequirementisthe
awesomespectreofInternational
Terrorism...

181ANOTHERTVSCREENNIGHT181

AsThornburgContinues,wePULLBACK.We'reWITHArgylein
thebackseatofthelimo.

ARGYLE
(reachingforthe
remote)
Whatelseisnew...?

TheCAMERAPULLSBACKandweSEEtheNakatomiBuildingrise
upintheb.g.behindThornburg.

ARGYLE
(stunned)
Holyshit...

THORNBURG
We'retoldthatthesituationbegan
sometwohoursagowhenan
unidentifiedpartyofmentookover
thebuildingandsealedoffallof
itsentrancesandexits...

Argyleisalreadybailingoutofthecar.

182EXT.LIMOINTHEGARAGE182

Argylelooksatthemetalgates,swallows.HeJUMPSback
inthecar.

183BACKINSIDE183

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Argylepourshimselfastiffdrink.

THORNBURG
(onTV)
Sinceallthetelephonelineshave
beencut,theonlycontactwiththe
buildinghadbeenthroughtheuseof
CBcommunicatorswhichtheterrorists
broughtwiththem.Strangelyenough,
sofartheterroristshavenot
communicateddirectlywiththepolice...
butanunidentifiedmanhashad
severalconversationswhichseemto
indicate...

Argylenearlyspillshisdrinkasheleansoverthefront
seatandturnsontheCB.

CUTTO:

184OUTSIDETHEBUILDINGSAMETIME184

Signsofactivityalongtheedgesandshadowsofthearea.
Menandvehicles.TheSNAPofweaponsandbreeches.
Footstepsrunninginunison.Powellpicksuponthis,turns
toRobinson,whoisstandingwiththeSWATCaptain,MITCHELL.

POWELL
What'sgoingon?

ROBINSON
What'sitlooklike?We'regoing
in.

POWELL
(flabbergasted)
Goingin...areyououtofyourmind?
There's30hostagesintherefor
allweknow

ROBINSON
allweknow?Wedon'tknowshit,
Powell.Ifthere'shostageswhy
hasn'tanyoneaskedforransom?If
there'sterrorists,where'stheir
goddamnlistofdemands?Allweknow
isthatsomeoneshotupyourcar,and
itcouldbethesameflakeyou'vebeen
talkingtoontheradio!

POWELL
Whataboutthebodythatfelloutof
thewindow?

ROBINSON
Whothehellknows?Maybehewasa
stockbrokerwholookedattheDowJones
andoptedforearlyretirement!

MITCHELL
Chief,we'reready.

ROBINSON
I'mcoming.

MITCHELL
(intoradio)
Rivers.

RIVERS
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Yo.

MITCHELL
Beginyourreconnoiter.

185MCCLANE185

Insidethebuilding,sadlyrealizingthattheMarlboropack
hasonlytwomoretogo.Hesavorsthedregsofhiscurrent
number,thensuddenlybecomesawareofanalmostEERIEQUIET.
Hemovestothewindow.

186HISP.O.V.OUTSIDE186

Hintsofactivityinthedarkness.ALIGHTFLARESextinguished.
Shadowsmoveontrailerwalls.

187BACKTOSCENE187

MCCLANE
(spooked,intoCB)
Powell?Al,youstillwithme?
What'sgoingon?Al?

INTERCUT:

188OUTSIDE188

Powellstiffens.Robinsonlooksathimwarningly,shakeshis
head.

POWELL
I'mhere,Roy,butI'm,uh,kindof
busy.Let'stalklater,okay?

MCCLANE
Al,what'swrong?Didsomething
(realizing)
Oh,God.You'recomingin!That's
it,isn'tit?Christ,Powell,Itold
youwhatyou'redealingwithhere

POWELL
Isaidwe'lltalklater,Roy.If
you'rewhatIthinkyouareyoushould
knowwhentolisten,whentoshutup...
andwhentopray.

Hatinghimself,PowellDISCONNECTS,watchesLIGHTSsnapsonin
theparkinglottoilluminatethearea.

Alsohatinghimself,McClanedoesthesamething.Pale,he
movestoawindowtowatchwhatheknowsisgoingtobebrutal.

188AINHOLLY'SOFFICEHANS188A

Hehunchesoverhiscommunicator.

HANS
They'llbecoming.Getready.
Theo,watchthescreens.Beour
eyesandears.
(pause)
Waituntilthey'reclose.

188BEDDIE188B

slipsawayfromthedesk,acomputercardinhishand.He
meetsupwithanotherterroristandtheymovebehindaslit
inthewall.EddiewaveshiscardatthesensorandaMETAL
GRIDcrashesintoplace.Theyholdtheirweaponsbehindit,
ready.

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188CVARIOUSSHOTSTERRORISTSONOTHERFLOORS188C

AllnowwithearplugsintheirCB's,takinguppositions:

189ATTHELOBBYDOOR189

TheSWATteamleadermovesinSOPstyletothedoor,scansit
carefully.

189AEXT.CENTURYCITYONMITCHELLANDROBINSON189A
POLICEBARRICADES

MitchelllistenstoCBradio.

RIVERS
(overradio)
We'reinposition.

MitchelllooksatRobinson,whoisvisibletense.Robinson
hesitates,thengiveshisapprovalwithanod.

MITCHELL
(toCB)
Go.

190QUICKSHOTSINSIDETHELOBBY190

TheSECURITYCAMERASonthewallsPANandZOOM:

191THEVAULTDOOR191

KristoffDRILLSAWAY,isrewardedwiththemessageFIFTHLOCK
DEACTIVATED.DOYOUWISHTOCONTINUE?Nearby,Theositsat
abankofmonitors.Screenafterscreenpinpointsallthe
policeactivityoutside,downtothelastdetail.TheoSMILES.
SuddenlyweRECOGNIZEthattunehe'sbeenwhistling.It's
"Singin'InTheRain."

THEO
(intoathroatmike)
ItwasthenightbeforeXmas,and
allthroughthehouse,notacreature
wasstirring,expectforthefour
assholescomingintherearin
standard2X2coverformation.

192INT.LOBBYNIGHT192

Eddieandanotherterrorist,ULI,takeuppronefiring
positions,usingthegapsinthesteelpartitionlikegunpoints.

193ANGLEONTWOSWATOFFICERS193

MitchellandRobinsonwatchfrombehindthecoverofapolice
carastheSWATofficersremoveaportableweldingtorchand
begincuttingtheirwaythroughthelocks.

194INT.33RDFLOORMCCLANE194

Hemovespainfullytothewindowandlooksout.Hecan'tsee
athingbecauseofthelights.

MCCLANE
(tohimself)
No...

195EXT.POLICEBARRICADESONMITCHELLANDROBINSON195

Suddenlyriflefiresoundsfromthebuilding.

ROBINSON

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(worriedly)
They'reshootingatthem

MITCHELL
(calmly)
It'spanicfire...theycan'tsee
anything.

POWELL
(underbreath)
They'reshootingatthelights.

MoreshotsringoutfromthebuildinggoingovertheSWAT
officers'headsandsuddenlythehugedomeofoneofthe
spotlightsshattersbehindMitchellandRobinson'shead.
Theglowfades.Amomentlaterthenextlighttwentyfeet
awaydies.

ROBINSON
They'regoingafterthelights!

ThetwoSWATofficerscuttingthegarageatesuddenlylookup
astheircoverstartstodisappear.

ROBINSON
Callthemback.

MITCHELL
No,they'realmostin.

SuddenlythethirdandfourthlightsareshotoutandtheSWAT
menbecomesittingducks.

196INHOLLY'SOFFICEHANS196

HecalmlyspeakintohisCB.

HANS
Don'tgetimpatient.Justwoundthem.

197INT.LOBBY197

EddieandUlifire.Theyhitoneoftheofficersintheleg,
thesecondoneinthearm.

198EXT.POLICEBARRICADESONMITCHELLANDROBINSON198

MITCHELL
(onradio)
Sendinthecar!

Anarmoredcarwheelstowardthebuildingandstartstoward
thewoundedmen.

199INT.ROOFMACHINEROOM/SERVICEELEVATORSAME199

JAMESandAlexanderquicklyloadtwocratesontotheservice
elevatorandpushthebuttonforthe3rdfloor.Asthecar
startsdown,theyremoveanantitankgunfromoneofthe
crates.

200WITHTHEOWATCHINGSCREENS200

THEO
Well,whathavewehere.The
police'vegotthemselvesanR.V.
James,Alexander,southeastcorner.

201INT.3RDFLOORSAME201

Theserviceelevatorarrivesonthe3rdfloorandJamesand
Alexandermoveacrosstheroomtowardthewindowswiththe

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antitankweapon.Atthewindow,theypreparetheweapon
foruse.

Outsidethewindowthearmoredcarhasstoppedinfrontofthe
woundedmanandparamedicsquicklyloadtheminfromthe
shelteredsideofthevehicle.Alexanderquicklysightson
thearmoredcar.

ALEXANDER
(toHans,CB)
Ihavethem

HANS'VOICE
(o.s.,overCB)
Fire.

202EXT.THEARMOREDCAR202

AblastROARSfromthethirdfloorwindowandtheshellhits
thearmoredcar.Thecarpitchesforwardlikeabeastwhose
frontlegshavebeenshotoutfromunderititsfrontaxle
destroyed,unabletomove.AlexanderlooksbackatJamesand
grins.

20330THFLOORHANS203

Hewatchesfromhiswindow.ColdlypicksuphisCB.

HANS
Hititagain.

204MCCLANE204

listening.HepicksuphisCB.

MCCLANE
Hans,youmotherfucker,you'vemade
yourpoint.Letthempullback!

HANS'VOICE
ThankyouMr.Cowboy,I'lltakeit
underadvisement.Hisitagain.

McClaneslumpstothefloorbelowthewindow.Hefeels
helpless,thennoticeshiskitbag.

2053RDFLOOR205

Jamesrunsbacktothecrateontheelevator.

206EXT.POLICEBARRICADEONROBINSONANDMITCHELL206

Theylookoninhorrorasthearmoredcarsitshelplesslyon
fire.OnthepoliceradiochannelweHEARthescreamsofmen
inside.

MITCHELL
(toradio)
Rivers!Rodriguiz!...Report...

RIVERS
(voiceover;on
radio,yelling)
ThisisRivers.We'vegotonedead.
Everybody'shit.Rodriguiz'sbleeding
bad.We'vegottogetthefuckoutof
here!

MITCHELL
(toradio)
Rivers,hangon!That'sanorder!
Hangon,we'llgetyouout.

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207INT.ELEVATORCAR3RDFLOORSAME207

Jamesopenstheboxofshellsandtakestwoandstartsback
acrosstheroom.

208INT.33RDFLOORCLOSEONASHAPEONPLASTIC208
EXPLOSIVESAME

Likeafootball.Itsitsontheseatofasecretary'schair
withcastors.WePULLBACKTOSEEMcClanepressthree
detonatorsintothetop,thencovertheexplosivewitha
typewriter,tyingitsecurelyinplacewithelectricalcords.

209ANGLEONSERVICEELEVATORMCCLANE209

wheelsthechairtotheserviceelevator,opensthedoorand
blockthemwithafireaxe.Helooksinthetopofthecar
canjustbeseenthirtyfivefloorsbelow.

210INT.3RDFLOOR210

JameshandstheshelltoAlexander,whoexpertlyloadsitinto
theantitankgun.Alexanederliftstheguntohisshoulder
andaims.

211INT.38THFLOOR211

McClanepushthechairintotheshaft.

MCCLANE
Geronimo...motherfuckers.

Foralongmomentthereisnothing,then:theshaftisfilled
withlight,thenSOUNDanungodlyROARandMcClaneis
thrownbackacrosstheelevatorcorridoragainsttheother
backofdoorsbytheconcussionwave.

212ONTHE3RDFLOOR212

Theexplosion,likeafirestorm,ripsacrossthefloor:

213BLOWINGOUTTHEMACHINEGUNNEXTANDJAMESAND213
ALEXANDER

214SHATTERINGWINDOWS214

215SENDINGDESKS,CHAIRS,PHONES,ANDTYPEWRITERS215
FLYING

216EXT.AVENUEOFTHESTARS216

Thepolicetakecoverbehindtheircars.Powell,Robinson,
andMitchelllooklikethey'veseenthefaceofGodasthe
buildingrocksfromtheblast.Henry'scigarettefallsfrom
hismouthasadeskissenthurtlingacrossAvenueoftheStars
intothetreesacrossthestreet.

217INT.UNDERGROUNDPARKINGGARAGEONWILLIAMSAME217

watchingitonTV,feelingitallaroundhim.

WILLIAM
Oh,Jesus...

218EXT.DOWNONTHESTREETSAME218

DickThornburg'screwistaping.

THORNBURG
(inawe)
Unreal.

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(tothecameraman)
Didyougetallthat?

CAMERAMAN
Yep.

Thornburglooksathiscompetitorsstillsettingup.

THORNBURG
Eatyourheartout,ChannelFour.

219OUTOUT219
221221

222ONHOSTAGEFLOOR222

Thehostagesareshakenandtheterroristsguardingthem
aren'ttoosureofthemselveseither.OnlyHansisrelatively
calm.

FRANCO
They'reusingartilleryonus!

HANS
Youidiot,it'snotthepolice...
(pause)
...It'shim.

223ANGLEONHOLLY223

ShecomfortsGinny.

224INT.32NDFLOORMCCLANESAME224

HesitsupandliftstheCB.

MCCLANE
Al!Al,theguysinthecar,did
theymakeit?

INTERCUT:

225EXT.POWELL225

onthestreet,watchingasthesurvivorsarepulledoutofthe
wreckandtosafety.

POWELL
(onCB)
Safeandsound,thankstoyou.
Whatthefuckwasthat?

MCCLANE
TheplastiqueIfound.
(worried)
Isthebuildingonfire?

POWELL
No,butit'sgonnaneedonehell
ofapaintjobandashitloadof
screendoors.
(lookingoff,
nodding)
Onespotterssayyougottwowith
thatblast.

MCCLANE
Two?Areyousure?

BeforePowellcananswerRobinsoncomesrunninguptohim.

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Isthathim?

POWELL
Yessir.

ROBINSON
(reachingforPowell's
CB)
Givemethat.
(angrilyatMcClane)
Now,listentome,mister,Idon't
knowwhatyouthinkyou'redoing,
butdemolishingabuildingdoesn't
fallunderthedefinitionof'help'!
There'shundredsofpeopleouthere
andyoucoveredhalfofthemin
piecesofglass

MCCLANE
Glass,myass!Whothefuckisthis?

ROBINSON
ThisisDeputyChiefofPolice
DwayneT.Robinson,andI'min
chargeofthissituation.

McClaneleanstiredlyagainsttheelevatordoor.

MCCLANE
Well,fromuphere,itlookslike
you'reinchargeofshit,Dwayne.
Ihaven'tseensuchafuckedup
operationsincethe
BrideofFrankenstein.Ask
theguysinthearmoredcarif
theymindedalittleflyingglass.

ROBINSON
Listenasshole!

MCCLANE
(exploding)
Asshole?I'mnottheonewhojust
forbuttfuckedonnationalTV,
Dwayne!Nowifyou'renotpart
ofthesolution,stopbeingpart
oftheproblem!Getoffthe
GoddamnradioandputAlbackon!

McClaneissofurious,he'soutofbreath.

226INT.LIMOARGYLESAME226

Argylenodsinagreement.

ARGYLE
Tell'em,Mr.Mac!Tell'em!

227INT.33RDFLOORONMCCLANE227

stillseething.ThereisalongpauseontheCB,then:

POWELL'SVOICE
Hello,Roy.How'reyoufeeling?

MCCLANE
(pissed)
Prettyfuckingunappreciated.

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Otherofficers,includingRobinson,monitortheconversation.

POWELL
Hey,Iloveyou.
(lookingaround)
Sodoalotoftheguys.Sohang
inthere,man.Hanginthere.

MCCLANE
(tired,touched)
Thanks...partner.

229TVCLOSE229

AsitSNAPSON.We'reinthestudioset.

GAIL
(asthepicture
stabilizes)
...oftheNakatomibuilding,
sourcessaythattheterrorist
leader'Hans'maybethisman,
HansGruber.

ASLIDEofHansappearsbehindher.Atthesametime,theCAMERA
PULLSBACK.Werealizewe'reonTHEHOSTAGEFLOOR,andHans
hasjustturnedonthesetouthereforhis"guests".Hesmiles
modestlyasthey"recognize"himfromtheonairshot,returns
totheoffice.

GAIL
(onTV)
Amemberoftheradical
WestGermanVolksfreimovement.
Strangely,theVolksfreileadership
issuedacommuniqueanhourago
statingthatGruberhasbeenexpelled
fromtheorganizationandisoperating
onhisown.

HARVEY
(onTV)
Obviously,Gailwhateverhis
affiliation,it'ssafetosay
thatGruber'sterroristactions
inLosAngelestonightarewell,
terroristic...

Asthebullshitcontinues,EllissuddenlySTANDS,headtowards
theterrorist"office".Immediatelythechiefguardhere,
Fritz,movestointerceptEllis.

HOLLY
Whereareyougoing?

ELLIS
I'mtiredofsittingherewaiting
toseewhogetsuskilledfirst...
them...oryourhusband.
(totheapproaching
Fritz)
Hithere.

HOLLY
(worried)
Whatareyougoingtodo?

ELLIS
Hey,Inegotiatemilliondollar
dealsforbreakfast.Icanhandle
theseclowns.

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(toFritz)
IwanttotalktoHans.Hans!
Sprickenzietalk?

Hedoesn'twaitforananswer.Fritzfollowshim.Holly
worries.

230THEOFFICE230

KARL
(inmidspeech,
angry)
youwouldn'tletmekillhim
whenIhadthechance

HANS
Ifyou'dlistenedtomehewould
beneutralizedalready!

KARL
Idon'twantneutral...Iwantdead

ALLTURNataraponthedoor.Ellisisthere.

ELLIS
HopeI'mnotinterrupting...?

HANS
(toFritz)
Whatdoeshewant?

AsFritzshrugs:

ELLIS
It'snotwhatIwant,it'swhat
Icangiveyou.Look,let'sbe
straight,okay?It'sobvious
you'renotsomedumbthugup
heretosnatchafewpurses,am
Iright?

KarllooksatEllisandthenatHans,asiftosay,letmeplug
thisassholerightnow.ButHansiseitheramusedofcurious
orboredenoughtoshakehishead,turnbacktoEllis.

HANS
(politely)
You'reveryperceptive.

ELLIS
(flattered)
Hey,Ireadthepapers,Iwatch
60minutes,Isaytomyself,these
guysareprofessionals,they're
motivated,they'rehappening.
Theywantsomething.Now,personally,
Idon'tcareaboutyourpolitics.
Maybeyou'repissedatthe
CamelJockeys,maybeit'sthe
Hebes,NorthernIreland,that's
noneofmybusiness.Ifigure,
You'reheretonegotiate,amIright?

HANS
You'reamazing.Youfiguredthis
alloutalready?

ELLIS
Hey,businessisbusiness.Youuse
agun,Iuseafountainpen,what's
thedifference?Toputitinmy
terms,you'rehereonahostile

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takeoverandyougrabusforsome
greenmailbutyoudidn'texpecta
poisonpillwasgonnaberunning
aroundthebuilding.
(smiling)
Hans,baby...I'myourwhiteknight.

HANS
(dryly)
Imusthavemissed60Minutes.What
areyousaying?

ELLIS
Theguyupstairswho'sfuckingthings
up?Icangivehimtoyou.

AsHansreactswithrealinterestforthefirsttime,we:

CUTTO:

231POWELL231

BytheCB.HesuddenlyREACTStoaGROANfromMcClane.

POWELL
Roy!Youallright?

232INSIDEMCCLANE232

He'sbyanopendeskdrawer,havingjustrippedopenapackage
oftwinkieshe'sfound.Hegrimaces,mouthfull.

MCCLANE
Yeah,justtryingtohandlesome
yearoldtwinkies.Yucck.What
dotheyputinthesethings?

POWELL
(reciting)
'Sugar,enrichedflour,partially
hydrogenatedvegetableoil,
polysorbate60andyellowdye#5.'

MCCLANE
(laughing)
Yousoundlikeamanwitha
coupleofkids.

POWELL
Notyet,thewifeinworkingonour
first.Yougotanykidsbackon
theranch?

McClaneswallowsTwinkiewithagrimace,takesouthiswallet,
flipsitopentoapictureofhimselfandHollyandthekids
inhappierdays.

MCCLANE
Two.AndI'dsureliketoseethem
swingingonthejunglegymwith
Aljunior.

POWELL
It'sadate.Youbuytheicecream.

McClanelaughs,staresatthephoto,whensuddenlyanotherVOICE
besidesPowell'scomesoverhisradio.

HANS'VOICE
(o.s.,onCB)
Touching,cowboy,touching.
(pause)

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OrshouldIcallyouMisterMcClane?
MisterofficerJohnMcClaneonthe
NYPD?

McClaneFREEZES.Howmuchdotheyknow?

233THORNBURGINTRAILER233

Reacts,gleeful,writesdownthename.

THORSON
(toMary)
GetonthephonetoourNewYork
affiliate...move,move!

234POWELL234

reacts,signalsanAide,who'salreadywriting,too.

INTERCUT:

235MCCLANEANDHANS235

MCCLANE
(fightingtostaycalm)
SisterTeresainthirdgradecalled
meMr.McClane.Myfriendscallme
JohnMac.You'reneither...shithead.

HANS'VOICE
Ihavesomeonewhowantstotalk
toyou.Averyspecialfriendwho
wasatthepartywithyoutonight.

McClane'sfacefalls.Oh,God.Eyesclosed,hewaitsforthe
voicethattellshimit'sallover.

ELLIS'VOICE
Hello,Johnboy?

McClane'seyesopen,showingequalpartsofshockandhope.
Intheoffice,CAMERAADJUSTSTOSHOWEllisasHansgiveshim
theCB.

MCCLANE
Ellis?

Ellishasacigarette,andaterroristbringshimaDietcoke.

ELLIS
John,they'regivingmeafewminutes
totryandtalksomesenseintoyou.
Iknowyouthinkyou'redoingyour
job,andIcanappreciatethat,but
you'rejustdraggingthisthingout.
Noneofusgetsoutofhereuntil
thesepeoplecannegotiatewiththe
LApolice,andthey'rejustnotgonna
startdoingthatuntilyoustop
messinguptheworks.

MCCLANE
(carefully)
Ellis,whathaveyoutoldthem?

ELLIS
Itoldthemwe'reoldfriendsandyou
weremyguestattheparty.

McClanesighs,partiallyrelieved.Hansmeanwhile,narrowshis
eyes.

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MCCLANE
Ellis...youshouldn'tbedoing
this...

ELLIS
Tellmeaboutit.

HelooksatHans,whogiveshimanod.

ELLIS
Allright...John,listentome...
Theywantyoutotellthemwherethe
detonatorsare.Theyknowpeopleare
listening.Theywantthedetonators
ofthey'regoingtokillme.

EllisgivesHansabig"ok"sign.Hansreturnsit.

236INT.POLICETRAILERONPOWELL,ROBINSONSAME236

andotherslisteningintently.McClanecloseshiseyesand
leanshisheadbackagain.Heknowswhatisgoingtohappen,
evenifthispoorbastardEllisdoesn't.

ELLIS'VOICE
John,didn'tyouhearme?

MCCLANE
(toCB,quietly)
Yeah,Ihearyou,youfuckingmoron!

ELLIS
John,Ithinkyoucouldgetwith
theprogramalittle.Thepolice
areherenow.It'stheirproblem.
Telltheseguyswherethedetonators
aresonooneelsegetshurt.Hey,
I'mputtingmylifeonthelinefor
youbuddy...

MCCLANE
Don'tyouthinkIknowthat!Put
Hanson!Hans,listentome,that
shitheaddoesn'tknowwhatkindof
scumyouare,butIdo

HANS
Good.Thenyou'llgiveuswhatwe
wantandsaveyourfriend'slife.
You'renotpartofthisequation.
It'stimetorealizethat.

Sayingthis,Hanstakesouthisgun,pointsitatEllis,smiling.
Ellissmiles,too.

ELLIS
WhatamI,amethodactor?Hans,
babe,putawaythegun.Thisis
radio,nottelevision...

MCCLANE
Thatasshole'snotmyfriend!
Ibarelyknowhim!Ihatehis
fuckingguts
(desperatelysincere)
Ellis,forChrist'ssake,tell
himyoudon'tmeanshittome

ELLIS
John,howcanyousaythat,after
alltheseyears?John?John?

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EllislooksatHansandshrugs,"Well,Itried..."Hansnods
understandingly.HetakestheCB,pressestheTALKbutton,and
inonefrighteninglysmoothmotionbringstheWaltherupto
Ellis'foreheadandPULLSTHETRIGGER.

CUTTO:

237INT.33RDFLOORMCCLANE237

HewasexpectingtheSHOTbutitstillchillshim.

23830THFLOORHOLLYANDHOSTAGES238

Shelowersherheadsadly.Aroundher,theothersgoCRAZYas
theySEEEllis'bloodsplatteredontheglasswallsonHans'
office.

239INT.HANS'OFFICEONHANS239

HethrowsopenthedoortoletMcClaneandthepolicehearthe
screamsofthehostages.

HANS
Hearthat?Talktome,wherearemy
detonators.Wherearetheyorshall
Ishootanotherone?Soonerorlater...
(takingashot)
...Imightgettosomeoneyoudocare
about.

MCCLANE
(afterabeat)
Gofuckyourself.

HeDISCONNECTS.

240EXT.BUILDING240

PowellfendsoffRobinson,whowantstheCB.

ROBINSON
Goddamn,didn'tyouhearhim!He
practicallypulledtheGoddamned
triggerhimselfhegavethatman
tothem

POWELL
Christ,can'tyoureadbetweenthe
lines!Hedideverythinghecould
tosavehim...ifhegavehimselfup
they'dbothbedead!

ROBINSON
Maybe.Andmaybethey'datleast
betalkingtous!Nowtellyour
'partner'tostayoutofit,orso
helpmeifhelivesthroughthis
I'llputhimbehindbarsmyself!

POWELL
(amused)
He'salone,tired,hunted,andhasn't
seendiddlysquatfromusandyou
thinkhegivesaflyingfuckabout
whatyou'regoingtodotohim?
Robinson,wakeupandsmelltheshit
you'reshoveling!

ROBINSON
(cold)
Anytimeyouwanttogohome,
Sergeant...consideryourselfdismissed.

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Theylockeyes.

POWELL
NoSir.Youcouldn'tdragmeaway.

HANS'VOICE
(overCB)
Attentionpolice.Attentionpolice.

It'sassesandelbowstime.Taperecordersarestarted.

POWELL
(startingtospeak)
Thisis

ROBINSON
(takingtheCBaway)
ThisisDeputyChiefRobinson.Who
isthis?

INTERCUT:

241HANS'OFFICE241

HANS
ThisisHansGruber.Iassumeyou
realizethefutilityofdirectaction
againstme.Wehavenowishfor
furtherlossoflife.

ROBINSON
Whatdoyouwishfor,MisterGruber?

HANS
Ihavecomradesinarmsaroundthe
worldwhoarelanguishinginprison.
TheAmericanStateDepartmentenjoys
rattlingitssabertoitsownends...
nowitcanrattleitforme.

INTERCUT:

242MCCLANE242

Listeningtothiswithexpressionsrangingfromastonishment
todismaytooutrightderisiveamusement.

HANS'VOICE
...Thefollowingpeoplearetobe
releasedfromtheircaptors:In
NorthernIreland,thesevenmembers
oftheNewProvoFront.InCanada,
thefiveimprisonedleadersof
LibertedeQuebec...

243HANS'OFFICE243

HANS
...inSriLanka,theninemembers
oftheAsianDawnmovement...

KARL
(sotto)
'AsianDawnMovement?'

HANS
(offmike,ashrug)
IreadabouttheminTimemagazine.
(onmike)
WhentheseRevolutionaryBrothersand
SistersareFree,thehostagesinthis

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buildingwillbetakentotheroofand
theywillaccompanyusinhelicopters
totheLosAngelesInternationalAirport
whereyouwillbegivenfurther
instructions.Youhavetwohoursto
comply.

ROBINSON
Twohours?Areyouinsane?Ican't
authorize...hello?Hello?

KARL
Doyouthinkthey'lleventryto
doit?

HANS
Whocares?
(onanother
channel)
Theo.Areweonschedule?

INTERCUT:

244VAULTROOM244

TheoandKristoffhavebeenrewardedwithanotherLOCK
DEACTIVATED.

THEO*
Onemoretogo...thenit'sup
toyou.

Thegraphiconhisscreenflashes:"WARNING:ELECTRO*
MAGNETICSEALARMED."*

THEO
Andyoubetterberight,because
thisone'sgoingtotakeamiracle.

HANS*
It'sChristmas,Theo,it'sthetime
ofmiracles.Sobeofgoodcheer
andcallmewhenyouhitthelast
lock.
(disconnecting)
Karl...huntthelittleshitdown
andgetthosedetonators.
*
KARL
Francoischeckingtheexplosives,
Fritziswithhim.

HANS
I'llchecktheexplosives.You
justgetthosedetonators.

245MCCLANE32NDFLOOR245

Ashetalks,heessentiallyPATROLSthefloorhe'sstaked
out,constantlylookingintoeverydarkcorner,gunheld
ready,movingtowardthestairwell.

MCCLANE
Al?Al,youthere?

POWELL
I'mhere,cowboy.

MCCLANE
Speakingofcows,didyouever
hearsomuchbullshitinyourlife?
Twohours?Thatdoesn'tevenmake

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anysense

POWELL
Don'ttellme,partner.I'mjust
adeskjockeywhowasontheway
homewhenyourang.

MCCLANE
Thewayyoudrovethatcar,I
figuredyouforthestreets.

POWELL
Inmyyouth,partner.Inmyyouth.

246INT.TVSTUDIONIGHT246

GailandHarveyhavecompany,amanfromtheSenator
PaulSimon'sschoolofgrooming.

GAIL
(inmidspeech)
...authorof...
(holdingupacopy)
'Hostage/Terrorist,Terrorist/Hostage,
aStudyinDuality.'Dr.Hasseldorf,
whatcanweexpectinthenextfewhours?

HASSELDORF
Well,Gail,bythistimethehostages
andtheircaptorsshouldbeentering
theearlystagesoftheHelsinki
Syndrome.

HARVEY
AsinHelsinki,Sweden?

247CONTROLROOM247

Samsighs,shakeshishead.

HASSELDORF
(overmonitor)
Uh...Finland.Basically,it'swhen
thehostagesandtheterroristsgo
throughasortofpsychological
transferenceandprojectionofdependency...

248INT.NAKATOMIHOSTAGEFLOOR248

FritzdragsEllis'bodyoutoftheofficeandthrowsitonthe
floor.

HASSELDORF
(overHans'TV)
Whatcanonlybedescribedasa
strangesortoftrustandbond
develops...We'vehadsituationswhere
hostageshaveembracedtheircaptors
aftertheirreleaseandinonecase
evencorrespondedwiththeminprison...

249INT.BUILDINGMACHINEFLOOR249

Hansturns,looksupattheceiling.Toodimuptheretosee
fromhere.Hesighs,setshisgundownonabuttress,starts
toclimbup,notenjoyingit.

250OUTOUT250
253253

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254OUTSIDETHEBUILDING254

RobinsonlooksataYOUNGCOP,reacts,startled:

ROBINSON
The...theFBI?Here?Now?

YOUNGCOP
Yessir.Rightoverthere.

RobinsonlooksatPowell,adjustshisclothing,fixeshistie.

POWELL
(dryly)
Youwantabreathmint?

Robinsonglaresathim,thentheymovetogethertowards:

255ABIGDARKGOVERNMENTCAR255

Headlightsstillon,dominatingtheareawhereitsits.Robinson
stepsup,sees:

256HISP.O.V.FBIAGENTS256

Theygetout.OnebigbacklitSILHOUETTE,onelittleone.

BIGJOHNSON
(showingbadge)
I'mSpecialAgentJohnsonoftheFBI.
ThisisAgentJohnson...norelation.

ROBINSON
(steppingforward,plastic
smile)
DwayneRobinson,LAPD.I'mincharge
here.

BIGJOHNSON
Notanymore.

AsRobinsonREACTS,weGOTO:

257THEMECHANICALFLOORTIGHTONHANS257

Hecheckstheplastique,notpleased.Heturns,DROPStothe
floor.

258LOWANGLE258

Helands,kneesbent...looksdirectlyataPAIROFBAREFEET.
AGUNBARRELDROPSINTOTHESHOTclosetohishead.

MCCLANE
Lost?

259NEWANGLE259

Amoment.AndthenHansturns,looksup.

Thetransformationinhisexpressionandbearingaremind
boggling.Handsshaking,eyesfilledwithfear,heswallows,
looksupatMcClaneandinaperfectAmericanaccentsays:

HANS
ohGodpleasedon'tkillme
don'tkillmeyou'reoneofthem,
Iknowit

MCCLANE
(thrown,unsure)
Whoa,whoa,easyman.Iwon'thurt

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you.Whoareyou?Whatareyou
lookingfor?

Hans'eyesdarttowards:

260THEBUTTRESSTENFEETAWAY260

Whereatinypieceofhisgunsticksout,barelyvisible.

261BACKTOSCENE261

HANS
Awayuptotheroof...IthoughtI
couldsignalforhelp

Hestartsinthatdirection.

MCCLANE
Forgetit.Theygotaguyupthere.
Youwanttostayalive,keepmoving.
Hey?Youhearme?

Hansrealizesthistackwon'twork.HefollowsMcClane.

HANS
You...you'reanAmerican?

MCCLANE
(friendly,easingthe
man'sfears)
OnlyifNewJerseycounts.

Itworks.Thepoorfrightenedcivilianshowsahintofasmile.

CUTTO:

261AOUTSIDEBUILDING261A

ROBINSON
(inmidspeechtoFBI)
We'vegotthirty,maybethirtyfive
hostages,probablyonthe30thfloor...
seven,maybeeightterrorists.

LITTLEJOHNSON
(toBigJohnson)
SoundslikeastandardA7scenario.

BigJohnsonnodsinagreement,turnstoRobinson.

BIGJOHNSON
Thankyou.We'llhandleitfrom
here.Whenweneedtocommandeer
yourmen,we'lltryandletyouknow.

Hestartstomoveawaywithhispartner.

POWELL
(angry)
Aren'tyouforgettingsomething?

JohnsonandJohnsonturn.RobinsonwantsPowelltoshutup.

BIGJOHNSON
Suchas...?

POWELL
(pointingtothebuilding)
JohnMcClane!He'sthemanwhogave
usalltheinformationwe'vegot!
He'sthereasonyou'refacingseven
terroristsinsteadoftwelve.

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LITTLEJOHNSON
He'sinside?Whoishe?

ROBINSON
(nodding)
Hemaybeacop...we'rechecking
onthat

BIGJOHNSON
Oneofyours?

ROBINSON
(tooquickly)
No,sir.

BIGJOHNSON
(afteramoment)
Ifhe'snotaterrorist,andhe's
notahostage...he'sjustnotpart
oftheequation.

Theystarttowalkaway.

POWELL
(indignant)
T...that'sthesameGoddamnthing
theterroristssaid!

LITTLEJOHNSON
(interested)
Really?
(toBigJohnson)
That'sonegoodthing.Soundlike
we'redealingwithpros.

Theyleave.

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262THECOMPUTERFLOOR262

McClaneandHanswalktogether.Hansisstilla"nervouswreck."

HANS
(nodding)
Therewasapartycelebration
allofasuddentheywerethere
shootingthreateningus

263CLOSERSHOT263

McClanelooksatthispoorcivilian,ontheedgeofgoingto
pieces.Heputshishandonhisshoulder.

MCCLANE
Relax,man...yousmoke?

Hansnods,still"frightened".McClanetakesouthisspoils
ofwar,theMarlboros.Twoleft.Hesighs,takesone,offers
theotheronewithanexpressionlikealittleboyforcedto
shareacookie.McClanetakesoutalighter,doeshisand
Hans'.Hansnods,grateful...thenpeersatMcClane.

HANS
You...youdon'tworkforNakatomi...
andifyou'renotoneofthem...

MCCLANE
I'macopfromNewYork.

HANS

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(puzzled)
NewYork...

MCCLANE
(explaining)
TheyinvitedmetotheXmasparty.
Whoknew?

Hans'eyestakeinhisbarefeet.

MCCLANE
Betterthanbeingcaughtwithyour
pantsdown,right?
(extendinghishand)
JohnMcClane.

HANS
(shakinghands)
WilliamClay.
(smiling)
CallmeBill.

McClanenods,friendlylike,andhiseyesglancecasuallyover
at:

264THEWALLAROSTEROFNAKATOMIEMPLOYEES264

Inalphabeticalorder.CAMERAMOVESOVERthe"c's":CAMPBELL,
S.:CLAY,WM.:CRAWFORD,L...PANSBACKTOCLAY.

265BACKTOSCENE265

MCCLANE
Bill,youknowhowtouseahandgun?

HANS
(hesitant)
OneweekendIwenttoacombatranch...
(apologetic)
Youknow,thatgamewiththe,theguns
thatshootredpaint?Mustsound
prettysillytoyou...

MCCLANE
Soundsbetterthannothing.

McClanetakesouthisBaretta,popsoutthemagazine,jamsin
afreshoneandhandsittohim.

MCCLANE
Timefortherealthing.

McClaneturns,moveson...weSTAYONhimuntilheREACTStoa
CLICK.Heslowlyturns:

265ANEWANGLE265A

Hansis...well,Hansagain,fromexpressiontoposture.He
holdsthepistolaimedatMcClane'sfaceandtalkscalmlyinto
hisradioinGerman.

HANS
Karl!Franco!I'mon33.Come
quickly.
(toMcClane)
Putdownyourgunandgivememy
detonators.

McClanejustlooksathim.

MCCLANE
Hans.YourHans.

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HANS
(nods,indicatingMcClane's
gunagain)
Putitdownnow.

MCCLANE
Thatwastricky,withtheaccent.
IbetyoudoagreatEdSullivan.
Whydoyouneedthedetonators,Hans?
Ialreadyusedtheexplosives.

HANS
I'mgoingtocounttothree...

MCCLANE
(cold)
Yeah.LikeyoudidwithTakagi.

McClaneraiseshismachinegun,aimsatHans.HansPULLSTHE
TRIGGER.

Click.Astonishment.Clickclickclick.McClanestepsin
carefully,reclaimshispistol.

MCCLANE
YouthinkI'mashmuch,Hans.

Hanspalesaswehearthedingofanapproachingelevator.

HANS
Youweresaying.

McClanewhirlsintimetosee:

266OUTOUT266
269269

260KARL,FRANCOANDFRITZ270

Comingoutofit,FIRING.

271BACKTOSCENE271

McClaneFIRESback,killingFritz.KarlandFrancotake
cover.McClaneducksintoawatercooleralcove,looksback
at:

272WHEREHANSWAS272

He'sgone,aSWINGINGOFFICEDOORtheonlyevidenceofhis
passing.

273BACKTOSCENE273

McClanecurseshimself,thenRETREATSintoa:

273AOUTOUT273A
273I273I

274BANKOFCOMPUTERS274

WhereheDUCKSandDODGESasbulletspingandricochetall
aroundhim.Ducking,rolling,heFIRESat:

275FRANCO275

McClane'sbulletsRAKEhismiddle,throwhimoveradesk,his
weaponFLYING:

276CLOSER276

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HeSLIDESrightintoaglassdoor.Itsmashesaroundhishead.
BrightarterialBLOODfountainsup:

277MCCLANE277

hoperisingattheprospectofanequalbattle,hisface
suddenlyFALLSasBULLETSflyinfromanunexpecteddirection.
Heturns:

278HANS278

hasreappearedandsnatchedupFranco'sweapon.

279MCCLANE279

FIRES,moving,tryingtokeepfrombringflanked.Oneofhis
shotsSHATTERSaglasspanel,rainingdownshardsnearHans,
whoescapeswithonlysuperficialscratches.

280HANS280

looksattheglassaroundhim,getsanidea.HeSHOUTSto
KarlinGerman:

HANS
Theglass!Shoottheglass!

And,sayingthis,hedemonstrates.Karlfollowssuit.

281MCCLANE281

asGLASSFLIESEVERYWHERE,McClaneseesoneoption,takesit.
BLASTINGabursttokeeptheirheadsdown,heWHIRLS,JUMPS
ontopofalongcounterandRUNSACROSSTHEROOM.Their
BULLETSfollowhim,sixinchesbehindhismovingform!Big
CRAYUNITSGROANwithelectronicSQUEALSandSPARKSasa
millionGigabytesgoestoRAMheaven.McClanereachestheend
ofthecounter,DIVESandrollstothefloor:

282HISFOOT282

goesrightdownonajaggedSHARD.HeGROANS,keepsgoing:

283STAIRWELLDOOR283

He'sout,gone,safe!

284BACKTOSCENE284

Karllookspissedashell.Behindhim,Hanssiftsthrough
rubble,thencomesover,smiling.

He'sholdingthebagofdetonators.

HANS
Smile,Karl.Wearebackinbusiness.

CUTTO:

285INT.TVTRAILER285

HASSELDORF
(onmonitorhere)
...alldependsonwhatwemeanby
"Terror.'IfClauswitzcouldsay
'WaristhelastresortofDeplomacy,'
couldn'twejustaswellsaythat
terrorismhasanequalclaimto...

Marycomesinside,grinningeartoear.Thornburglooksupfrom
hisdanish,acutelittlechinnapkinprotectinghisshirt
collar.

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THORNBURG
Yougotsomething?

MARY
(wavingapaper)
JustMcClane'sname,badgenumber,
policerecord,vitalstatistics...
(theringer)
...Andhisfamily'saddressright
hereinL.A.

AsThornburgGRINSweGOTO:

286HOSTAGEFLOOR286

EddieandUliareguardingthehostages.HansandKarlreturn.
HanstossesthebagofdetonatorstoUli,whogrins,leaves.

287HOLLYANDGINNY287

Hollyhaswatchedallthisnervously.ButGinny'seyesfollow
Karl,whodoesn'tsharethemoodoftheothers.

GINNY
Thatonelookpissed,Ms.Gennero...

HOLLY
(relieved)
ThankGod.
(explaining)
He'sstillalive.

CUTTO:

288UPSTAIRSWASHROOM288

ThedoorJARSopen.McClaneallbutcrawlsinside.Ashe
passestheCAMERAweSEEhisdraggingfootleavingatrail
ofbloodonthelinoleum.

CUTTO:

289VAULTROOMSAMETIME289

TheoandKristoffREACT,delighted,astheygetthemessage
SIXTHLOCKDEACTIVATED.SuddenlyaBUZZERSOUNDSandthe
graphicflashes:"ELECTROMAGNETICSEALENGAGED.CANNOT
BEDISARMEDATTHISLOCATION.TERMINATESEQUENCE(Y/N)?"

THEO
Youbetterheatupthatmiracle*
youweretalkingabout.Webroke
throughonNumberSix,andthe
Electromagenticcamedownlikea
sledgehammer...

INTERCUT:

290HANS'OFFICE290

HANS
(unphased)*
Wellhavealookatwhatourfriends
outsidearedoingandI'llberight
up.

291INT.BATHROOMNIGHT291

Wincinginpain,McClanewasheshisfootinasinkbasin.He
washesadeepcut,soapsit,butthepaindoesn'trelent.
WhenaVOICEspeaks,heJUMPS,realizesit'stheCB.

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POWELL
(onCB)
Roy?Youstillwithus?

MCCLANE
Yeah.Butallthingsbeingequal,
I'dratherbeinPhiladelphia.By
theway,chalkuptwomoreterrorists.

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292POWELLOUTSIDE292

POWELL
Theyboys'llbeglad.Wegotapool
goingonyou.

McClanetriestowrappapertowelsonthefootbuthisgrimace
showsthatisstillhurtslikehell.

MCCLANE
(throughhisteeth)
Yeah?What'stheodds?

POWELL
Youdon'twanttoknow.

SuddenlyrememberinganNYPDcourseinfirstaidfromtenyears
ago,McClaneremovestheimprovisedbandage,checkthecut
morecarefully.

MCCLANE
(ashework)
Putmedownfortwentyanyway...I'm
goodforit...so,whatgotyouoffthe
street,Al?Youlikedlousycoffee,
orwhat?

Powelldoesn'tanswerrightaway.Atthesametime,McClane
swallows,seeingagleaminsidehisfoot.Hegingerlyprobes,
andpullsoutashardofglassalmostthreeincheslongfromits
angledgash,hismouthtwistedinasilentscreamalltheway.

POWELL'SVOICE
I...realizedIcouldn'tdowhatI
hadtoanymore...atleastnotout
there.Ihadan...accident.

McClanethrowstheglassacrosstheroom,foreheadbathedin
sweat.

MCCLANE
(weakly)
Theywayyoudrive,Icanseewhy.

POWELL
(beat,serious)
I...Ishotakid.

Realizingwhathe'shearingforthefirsttime,McClane'sface
shiftstoanewkindofpain.

POWELL
(soft)
Elevenyearsago.Oh,itwasdark...
hewasbigforhisage...damnraygun
hehadlookedrealenough...yeah,Ihad
alltherightexcuses...butafterwards...
Ireallycouldn'tdrawmygunagain.

MCCLANE

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I...I'msorry.Ididn'tmeantomake
ajokeofit.

POWELL
(offhand)
Hey,youcouldn'tknow.

MCCLANE
Istillfeellikeshit.

POWELL
Thenthiswon'tmatter.
(reluctantly)
LAPD'snotcallingtheshotsanymore.

AndasMcClaneREACTSweGOTO:

293INT.VAULTROOMNIGHT293

HansandTheoleanoveramonitorwatchingaDWPtrucknear
theparkinggarage.

THEO*
(tappingthescreen)
There'sthecityengineers...they're
goingintothestreetcircuits...But
whoaretheseguysinthesuits?

HANS
That'stheFBI...orderingthemtocut*
thebuilding'spower.They'reas
regularasclockwork...oratimelock...

ONTheo'slook:

HANS
...thecircuitsthatcannotbecut...
arecutautomaticallyinreponseto
aterroristincident...Youaskfor
miracles,Theo...IgiveyoutheFBI...

THEO
Whenyou'rehot,you'rehot.

CUTTO:*

294EXT.BUILDING294

AswesawonTheo'sscreen,theJohnsonsandRobinsonand
PowellaremyaMANHOLEwithaCITYENGINEER.AbigCONTROL
BOXisthere,cablessnakingintothegroundwhereanother
CITYWORKERfinishesWELDINGalastconnection.

GUYINMANHOLE
We'resplicedindowntheline.

LITTLEJOHNSON
Doit...now.

TheengineerTHROWSGIANTLEVERS.Insidethemanhole,SPARKS
SIZZLEandmassivecontactsCLUNK.

295THEBUILDING295

Onebyone,allthelightonallthefloorsGOOUT.

296MCCLANE296

inthebathroom,rippingoffhisshirtandtyingitaroundhis
foot,heREACTS

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(intoCB)
Powell?What'sgoingon?

INTERCUT:

297OUTSIDE297

POWELL
(watchingtheothers)
AsktheFBI.They'vegottheterrorist
playbookandthey'rerunningit,step
bystep.

McClanereacts,worried;heknowsbetter.

298THEHOSTAGES298

groanwiththisnewproblem:

299THEVAULTROOM299

TheoandKristoffandHanshuddleoverthecomputermonitor
screenasifitwasawarmfireplace.Theopointstothe
computerscreen;alltheycandoiswait.

WeHEARtheHUMMofaportablegenerator.ThelightsgoOFF.
ThecomputerscreenstaysON.Theolooksoveratthesafe.

300SAFELEDREADOUT300

Itstillreads"FIBEROPTICTIMELOCKCANNOTBEDISARMEDAT
THISLOCATION.TERMINATESEQUENCE(Y/N)?"

301BACKTOSCENE301

KRISTOFF
Damn!Itdidn'tgo!

THEO
They'reonthebuildingcircuit...
it'stoolocal.

HANS
Encouragethemtobebolder.

THEO
Theonlythingleftforthemisthe
CityGrid...
(worried,typing)
...Theymaynotdoit.

302EXT.BUILDING302

JustastheJohnsonsarelookingSMUG...allthefloorsGO
BACKON,onebyone!

LITTLEJOHNSON
Shit!
(turning,tothe
Engineer)
Cutitagain.Gowider.

ENGINEER
Ican'tgowiderhere...
(toRobinson,looking
forhelp)
...I'dhavetocalldowntownhave
themtakedownoneofthecity
grids...you'retalkingtensquare
block

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tenblocks?
(toBigJohnson)
Areyoucrazy?It'sChristmasEve,
thousandsofpeopletheMayor'll
screambloodymurder

BIGJOHNSON
(ignoringRobinson,
totheEngineer)
Wemustshutdownthebuilding.Go
wider!

ENGINEER
Ineedauthorization

BIGJOHNSON
Authorization?Howaboutthe
UnitedStatesFuckingGovernment?
Losethegridorloseyourjob!

TheengineerlooksatRobinson.Nohelp.Theengineerlooks
athisguyinthemanhole,shrugs.Nochoice.

ENGINEER
(takesphone)
Central.ThisisWalt,outat
Nakatomi.Iwantyoutoshutdown
grid212.
(listens)
Noshit,it'smyass.Justshutit
downnow.

Pause...pause...ANDTHENTHEFLOORSOFTHEBUILDINGALLGO
OUTAGAIN.

303INTHEVAULTROOM303

EMERGENCYLIGHTINGFLICKSON.AnALARM"beepbeepbeeps."

304THELEDREADOUTONTHESAFE304

changesto"FIBEROPTICTIMELOCKDEACTIVATEDATSOURCE.
SEVENTHLOCKDISENGAGED."

305BACKTOSCENE305

WithadramaticHUMworthyof2001,thevaultdoorOPENS!

306OUTSIDE306

TheFBIguyslookatthedarkbuilding,thanattheLAPDguys.

BIGJOHNSON
Thatshouldshake'emup.Withall
thepowershutdown,thosebastards
areprobablyscaredshitless.

307INTHEVAULTROOM307

Thesafedoorfinishesitsponderousmove,CLUNKStoahalt.
TheoandKristoffLAUGH,giveeachotherhighfives.EvenHans
loseshisusualcool,slapsTheoonthebackasTheoand
KristoffCHEER.

CUTTO:

308THORNBURG'STVTRUCK308

drivesalongaresidentialstreet.WeSEEtheNakatomitower
intheb.g.,spotlitbythepolicebeams.Thornburgchecksa
map,POINTSaturnouttothedriver.

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309OUTSIDETHENAKATOMIBUILDING309

Powelllooksupatthedarkstructurelitonlybyemergency
lighting.HesidlesovertotheFBImen.

POWELL
(dryly)
Whatdowedonow,arrestthemfor
notpayingtheirelectricbill?

LITTLEJOHNSON
(sharply)
Weletthemsweatawhile.Then,when
they'reexpectinghelicopters...
(pause)
...Wegivethemhelicopters...

BIGJOHNSON
(nodding)
Rightuptheass.
(intoanothercommunicator)
ThisisJohnson...notheotherone.I
wantthatairsupportreadytoliftoff
infiveminutes...Damnrightfully
armed.We'reonourway.
(intoCB)
Attentioninthebuilding.

INTERCUT:

310VAULTROOM310

HanstalkswhileTheoandKristofftackletheproblemof
unloadingtheracksandracksofbondsandtransferringthem
totheblackcases.

HANS
ThisisHans...

BIGJOHNSON
ThisisAgentJohnsonoftheFBI.
TheStateDepartmenthasarrangedfor
thereleaseofyourcomrades.The
helicoptersyourequestedareonthe
way.

HANS
Ihearyou,FBI.We'llbeready.

Hedisconnects,smilesatTheo.

HANS
Whentheytouchdownandweblowthe
roof,they'llspendamonthsifting
throughthebodiesandrubble.Bythe
timetheyfigureoutwhatwentwrong...
(smilingatthe
irony)
...we'llbeearningtwentypercent
likenicefatCapitalists.

BIGJOHNSON
(disconnecting,grinning)
Bythetimehefiguresoutwhathithim
he'llbeinabodybag.

TheJohnsonsexit.PowellandRobinsonlookateachother,
unhappy.Powell'sCBHISSES

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Powellmovesofftobealone.

INTERCUT:

311INT.BATHROOM311

POWELL
I'mhere,John.

McClanetrieswalkingonhisfoot.Hewincesinpain,clearly
attheendofhisresources.

MCCLANE
(longpause)
Look...I'mgettingabadfeelingup
here...I'dlikeyoutodosomething
forme.Lookupmywife...don'task
how,you'llknowbythen...andtell
her...tellher...I'vebeenajerk.
Whenthingspannedoutforher,I
should'vebeenbehindheralltheway
...Wehadsomethinggreatgoinguntil
Iscreweditup...Shewasthebest
thingthateverhappenedtoabum
likeme.She'sheardmesayIlove
youathousandtimes,butshenever
gottohearthis...honey...I'msorry.
(pause)
Yougetallthat?

POWELL
(clearlytouched)
Igotit.Butyoucantellher
yourself.Justwatchyourassand
you'llmakeit.

MCCLANE
Ihopeso.Butthat'suptothe
guyupstairs.
(pause;struckby
athought)
Upstairs...
(thinking,tohimself)
...Hans,youbastard...whatwereyou
doing?

POWELL
Roy?

MCCLANE
Standby,Powell.Igottacheck
somethingout.

Hemovestowardsthedoor,limpinghurriedlyoutoftheroom.

CUTTO:

312HOLLY'SFRONTDOOR312

Thornburg'sgotonefootliterallyinthedoorway,butsince
Paulinastillhasthechainon,it'snotquiteenough.

THORNBURG
(toPaulina)
Oneminute,that'sallweask.You
couldbedenyingthemtheirlast
chancetotalktotheirparents.

PAULINA
I'msorry...Mrs.HollysaysI

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couldn'tletstrangersinto

THORNBURG
Strangers?I'mwithKFLWTV,that's
affiliatedwiththeFCC,andI'msure
youknowthat'stheUnitedStates
government...justliketheINS?

Asshewavers...

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313THEMECHANICALFLOOR313

McClanehobblesinhere,favoringhisfoot.Heretraceshis
stepsearlier,mentallyreplayinghismeetingwithHans.

MCCLANE
Iwashere...hewas...

Hiseyesflickoverthearea...thenhelooksup.Seeing
something,hemovescloser.HesetsdownhisCBandthen,with
difficulty,heclimbsuponathickpipe,flickshislighter
andholditshigh.

314HISP.O.V.314

Explosivesareeverywhere.

315BACKTOSCENE315

Hereacts,quicklyextinguishingthelighter.Hefollowsthe
detonatorlineswithhiseyes.

MCCLANE
OhmyGod...

Hedropstothefloor,wincesinpain,picksuphisCB.

MCCLANE
Powell!Powell,listentome!You're
beingdoublecrossed!Thewholeroof
ofthisbuildingis

SuddenlyaGUNBARRELispressedagainsthishead.Hestiffens.

316NEWANGLE316

KarltakeshisBaretta,tossesitaway.ThenKarltakesthe
CB.Smiling,KarlSMASHESthetransmitterunderfoot.

CUTTO:

317EXT.BUILDINGPOLICELINES317

Powellisbesideoneoftheradiomonitoringofficers.

POWELL
(intoCB)
Roy?Hello?Hello?
(totheofficer)
Ithoughtyouhadhim.

OFFICER
Idid.Hesaidsomethingabouta,
adoublecross...

POWELL
(lookingoff)
Tellmeaboutit.

318NEWANGLE318

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ShowingtwoHELICOPTERSinthedistanceheadingthisway.

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319MACHINEFLOOR319

KarlhoversoverMcClane,whohasn'tmovedamuscle.

KARL
(quietly)
We'rebothprofessionals.Butthis
ispersonal.You...aredone.

WHAM!McClaneDRIVEShiselbowintoKarl'sface.

320NEWANGLE320

Karl'sweaponclattersonthefloor.McClanefollowshisfirst
blowwithanother.Karlrecovers,andwithaspinningkarate
kickSLAMSMcClaneback.

CUTTO:

321HOSTAGEFLOORNIGHT321

Eddieturnsfromawindow,wherethechopperlightsloomcloser.

EDDIE
They'recoming.

CAMERAPANSacrosstheroomtothedoorwayoftheoffice,where
Hansnods,stands.

THORNBURG'SVOICEFROMTV
Iknowyou'reproudofyourdaddy...

322CLOSEUPHOLLY322

She'sspeechless,watchinginshockas:

323THEPORTABLETV323

showsThornburgatHolly'shouse!He'ssquattingdownwithhis
microphonetointerviewthechildrenintheirP.J.s.Hisvoice
issoft,comforting.

THORNBURG
(tothechildren)
...becausehe'saverybravepoliceman.
Andyourmomhasshownjustasmuch
courage.Butistheresomethingyou
wouldliketosaytothemifthey're
watching?

JohnJr.saysnothing,butLucylooksatthecamera.

LUCY
Comehome.

324HOLLY324

Shestrugglestostaycomposed...can't.Sheslowlyturnsher
head,looksatHans.

325HERP.O.V.HANS325

He'slookingawayfromus,atthepictureofthechildrenon
herdesk.Heturnsbackandlooksather.Hesmiles.

HANS
Mrs.McClane.Hownicetomakeyour

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Heraiseshisweapon...butheonlyshootitintotheceiling,
makingeveryonejump!

HANS
(shouting)
Onyourfeet,everyone!Upstairs,
now!
(quietly,toUli)
You'lllockthemupthereandcome
rightdown...

UlinodsandheandEddiehelpherdeveryonetowardsthestairs.
Hansmovesforward...grabsHollyhimself.

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326THEMACHINEFLOOR326

McClaneandKarlmovetowardseachother,eachsizingtheother
up,eachlookingovertheterrain.

MCCLANE
Betterthisway,isn'tit?Imean,
anyfaggotcanshootagun.

ThistimeKarldoesn'ttakethebait.Then,whenhe
doescharge,it'sunexpected.

Thetwomenfightbrutally,Karlbringingyearsofmartial
trainingtothismoment,McClanebringingnothingbutthestreet.

327NEWANGLE327

MCCLANE
Youshould'veheardyourbrother
screamwhenIbrokehisfucking
neck...

Karlstepsinquicklywithadeadlymove.McClanetwistsfree,
slamsanelbowintoKarl'skidney.Karlbacksoff,circles
McClanewithnewrespect.

CUTTO:

328INSIDEANFBICHOPPERINFLIGHT328

THROUGHTHECANOPYweSEEanotherflankingchopper.Johnson
andJohnsonarehere,helmetsandmikeson.BigJohnsonchecks
aerialmapswhileLittleJohnsonchecksammoclipsforhis
sniperscopedassaultrifle.

BIGJOHNSON
(shouting,tothepilot)
Staylow.They'reexpectingtransports,
notgunships.

LITTLEJOHNSON
(shoutingoverthenoise
oftherotors)
Whatdoyoufigureonbreakage?

BIGJOHNSON
Ifigurewetakeoutalltheterrorists,
andlose20percentofthehostages...
25,tops.

LITTLEJOHNSON
Icanlivewiththosenumbers.

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329VAULTFLOOR329

TheoandKristoffloadthebondsintothebigcaseswhichcarried
alltheirgearwhentheyentered.AsHansandEddiecomeinthey
lookcuriouslyatHolly.

HANS
Alittlebonusforus.
(shovingherforward
violently)
Apoliceman'swifemightcomein
handy.

HepicksupaCB,speaksintoit.

HANS
McClane!McClane!Ihavesomenews
foryou...McClane?

330THEMACHINEFLOOR330

TILTUPfromtheCBradioKarlsmashed.

KarlandMcClaneareintheb.g.,almosttoetotoe,alltheir
tricksplayedout,goingatitwithanimalinstinct.

331THEVAULTROOM331

HANS
McClane?
(pause,thenona
newchannel)
Karl?Karl?

Nothing.HelooksatTheo.

HANS
Hurry.

332THEROOF332

Uliherdsthehostagesupontotheroof,pushingthelastfew
out.

333LONGSHOTFBICHOPPERSDOWNAVE.OFTHESTARS333

Theyfloattowardus,huggingthestreet,theirpropwash
shakingthetrees.

334POWELLANDROBINSON334

Followingthemwiththeireyes,foroncesharingthesameopinion.

335HOSTAGESONTHEROOF335

TheyseetheirveryownChristmasdecorations,thefriendly
copterlights,andbegintosmileandcheer.Ulismilesto
himself,movestowardsthedoor:

336VAULTROOM336

Theoclosesthelidofabondstuffedcase,carriesitoutof
theroom.Holly'seyesfollowhisexitwhiletheotherscontinue.

HOLLY
(toHans,scornfully)
Afterallyourposturing,allyour
speeches...you'renothingbutacommon
thief.

HANS

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I'manexceptionalthief,Mrs.McClane.
AndnowthatI'mmovinguptokidnapping,
youshouldbemorepolite.

HeSLAPSher.

337MACHINEFLOOR337

KarldrivesMcClanebackwithasweepingheadkick.Anotherone.
McClaneisstaggering.HegetsinonehardpunchandthenKarl
chargesathim.McClanefallsbackwards,driveshislegs
upwards,propellingKarlintotheair:

338LOWANGLE338

Karlgoesintoaloopofchainhangingoveraturbine,becomes
entangled.

339MCCLANE339

jumpstohisfeet,yankstheotherendofthechain.

340KARL340

isJERKEDupwardsbytheneck.HeTWITCHESlikeacaptured
fishstartstoturnblue:

341MCCLANE341

TwiststhechainendaroundapipeasKarlSTILLS.McClane
snatchesuphisBarettafromthefloor,runsout.

CUTTO:

342CHOPPERSINTHEAIR342

WecanSEEthetailing'chopperthroughtheopenportofthis
one.BigJohnsonleansover,slapstheshoulderofhispilot.

BIGJOHNSON
JustlikeSaigon,eh,Wally?

PILOT
Mykindoftown.

CUTTO:

343THEROOF343

Thedoorrattles.HisbacktotheCAMERA,Uligoestothedoor,
OPENSitandTWOBULLETSCOMEOUTHISBACK.SmokingBaretta
inhand,McClanevaultsoverthebodybeforeithasevenstopped
twitching.AsthehostagesSQUEALandSCREAM,McClanesnatches
upUli'smachinegun,runsoutontotheroof.Hecharges
throughthecrowd,spotsGinnyneartheedgeoftheroof.She
meetshimhalfway.

MCCLANE
Where'sHolly

GINNY
Thetookheraftertheysawthe
kidsontelevision

MCCLANE
What?God

Helooksofftothechoppers.Closeryet.Heturns,SHOUTS.

MCCLANE
Listentome!Allofyou,getdown
tothelowerfloorsyou'reall

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HOSTAGE
Whatareyou,crazy?We'rebeing
rescued!Thosehelicopters

MCCLANE
therewon'tbeshitforthosehelicopters
tolandon,becausethewholetopofthis
buildingiswiredwithexplosives!Now
getbelow

SECONDHOSTAGE
But...we'resafeuphere

MCCLANE
Safe,myass!Thisain'tahelipad,
it'salaunchingpad!

AndheFIRESovertheirheads!TheySCREAM,headforthedoor
ashehoped!HeFIRESagain,rakingalineacrosstheroof.
Theyreallyhaulass.

MCCLANE
GETBELOW!NOW!

344INTHEWINGCHOPPERMIDAIR344

AYOUNGFBIAGENTisherewitharifleandapartner.

YOUNGFBI
(intothroatmike,looking
outthedoor)
Flightleader,thisisWing.Ithink
they'reontous.Oneoftheterrorists
isfiringonthehostages.

345INSIDETHEOTHERCHOPPER345

LITTLEJOHNSON
(intomike)
Roger,Wing.Wecopy.
(tothepilot)
Swingaround.
(raisinghisrifle)
Givemeaclearshot.

Thepilotnods.

346INT.VAULTROOM346

HANS
(supervisingthework)
Schnell,schnell...derzeitzistkurz...

Somethingcatcheshiseye.Heturns,looksat:

347VIEWTHROUGHWINDOWHISP.O.V.347

Throughtheglassherehecancatchaglimpseofthehostages
comingbackintotheroom!

CUTTO:

348THEROOF348

McClaneherdsthelastofthehostagesinside,startsforthe
doorhimself,whenwithaROARandaCHATTERofrotors,the
leadchopperzoomsoverhead!McClanethrowshimselfdownonthe
ground,looksupasthechopperbanksinatightturnandthen
fromtheopensideGUNFIREerupts!Shocked,McClaneDIVESout
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349HOSTAGESONLOWERFLOORS(ORINSTAIRWELL)349

descending,SCREAMINGandHOWLINGasachopperSWEEPSpasta
windowonaloopbacktowardstheroof.

350INTHECHOPPER350

BothJohnsonsFIREAWAY

BIGJOHNSON
Bankandwe'llnailhim!

351THEVAULTROOM351

HanswhirlstowardsKristoff.

HANS
Blowtheroof.Now!

KRISTOFF
ButKarlandUliareupthere

CAMERAADJUSTStoshowtheremotedetonatoronatable.Hans
goestoit.

352THEROOF352

McClaneDIVESawayfromanotherburst.

MCCLANE
Youassholes,I'monyourside!

Theycomeinonanotherpass.Desperate,helooksaround,see
afirehose.Makesuphismind.WiththechopperLOOMINGUP
behindhim,heslingsUli'sweapon,runstothefirehose,
unreelsthreeyards,loopsitaroundhisbackandunderhislegs.
Helooksovertheedge,hesitates:

MCCLANE
Fuckthis...

BulletsHITallaroundhim.HeJUMPS:

353THEVAULTROOM353

Hansextendstheantenna...HITSthebutton.

354LONGSHOTTHEROOF354

ThehelipadEXPLODES!AFIREBALLrollsintothesky.

355THEHOSTAGES355

losetheirfootingonthefloor.Dustanddebrisfalldown,
butthey'reokay.

356JOHNSONANDJOHNSON'SCHOPPER356

STRAINStoavoidtherisingfireball...can't!It'sCAUGHTin
theexplosion!Ittipsover,arotorhitstheroofit
CRASHES,EXPLODES,tumblesdownthesideofthebuilding!

357MCCLANE357

Danglingagainstthesideofthebuilding,heDUCKSandwinces
asFLAMINGDEBRISsoarpasthim.

358THEROOFHOSEWHEELDEVICE358

FlameROARSTOWARDSit,engulfsit.ItJERKSonitsfoundation
PIVOTS180degreesasseveralboltsslip:

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359MCCLANE359

DROPSseveralmorefeet.Heswallows,thenKICKSagainstthe
sideofthebuilding,hisbloodyfeetleavingsmears.The
shatterproofglassdoesn'tbudge!WincingasmoreFLAMINGDEBRIS
sizzlesby,McClanelevelsthemachinegun,KICKSofffromthe
building,SWINGSbacktenfeetreachesthezenithofhis
arcFIRESthegunandsailsbackin:

360INSIDETHEBUILDING360

McClaneSMASHESthroughtheshatteredglass,SAILSinside,rolls
ontothefloor,PLOWINGthroughfurnitureanddecor.Finally
heSTOPS,catcheshisbreathwithrelief...risestooneknee:

361UPONTHEROOF361

ThefirehosemountingisBLASTEDofftheroof,SAILSpastthe
CAMERA:

362OUTSIDETHEBUILDING362

Thehosemechanismtumblesdownward!

363INSIDE363

McClaneisYANKEDoffhisfeet,draggedtowardsthewindow!

364THEHOSEWHEELOUTSIDE364

ItSLIDESdownthesideofthebuilding!ThehosePLAYSOUT
ontheedgeofthewindowsill,draggingMcClanetowardshisdeath!

365MCCLANE365

CLAWSatthefloor...nohelp.Inchesfromtheshatteredwindow,
hebraceshislegsagainstthesill,groansashefightsthe
weightofthehoseandthereel.OnefootSLIPS.Onlyhis
alreadywoundedfootkeepshimindoors.

Hescramblestountiehisimprovisedrappelingriggetsfree
justbeforethehosenozzleCRASHESoutandintothegreatbeyond!

Winded,strengthebbing,hestaggerstohisfeetjustintime
for:

366THEROOF366

toRECOILfromanotherstaggeringexplosion!

367THEHOSTAGES367

Theyscream,cryout:

368INTHEVAULTROOM368

AsHollycoversherheadfromfallingplaster,themenwork
likeautomatons,pilingupthebonds.

369MCCLANE369

recoversfromanotherAFTERSHOCK,runsupthestepsis
momentarilyamazedtoHEARa"ding"fromtheelevatorhelooks
at:

370THESHAFT370

wheresuddenlytheWALLEXPLODESOUTWARDasanENTIREELEVATOR
CRASHESTHROUGHTHEWALL,swingingonitscablelikea
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371BACKTOSCENE371

McClanerunsupthestepsasbrickworkfliespasthisheadlike
schrapnel:

372THEELEVATOR372

reachestheapexofitsswing,dropsdowninanarcingturn:

373WIDESHOT373

theelevatorCRASHESintothestairs!ThesectionMcClanein
onSNAPSLOOSE!AtthelastminuteMcClaneLEAPStowards:

374THEVAULTFLOORBALCONY374

andcatchesitasstairsandelevatorCRUMBLEbehindandbeneath
him!Withhislasteffort,hehaulshimselfontothebalcony
andthemmovesoff!

CUTTO:

375EXT.BUILDING375

Thepolicearescramblingforcover.PowellandRobinsonare
openmouthed.

376INTHEBASEMENT376

Argyleishuddleddownonthefloorofthebackseat,thestuffed
animalheldoverhisheadasmuchforcompanyasprotection.
AsthebuildingceasestoROCKArgylesneaksapeekoutfrom
underthefur...andsees:

377HISP.O.V.THEO377

atthedeliverytruck.Hestepsintoawhiteparamedic's
jumpsuitandzipsitup.Hehopsintothecabandpullsthe
truckawayfromtheloadingdock.

378MCCLANEONTHEVAULTFLOOR378

Hecreepsforward,lookscarefullyinto:

379HISP.O.V.VAULTROOM379

They'regettingreadytoleavewiththebearerbonds.Suddenly
theCAMERAFOCUSCHANGESTOHOLLY.

380BACKTOSCENE380

McClane'sfaceshowshisanguish.Hecheckstheweaponhetook
fromUli.Onebullet!

MCCLANE
(underhisbreath)
Shit...

HecheckshisBaretta.Onebullet.Hethinks,desperate.
Decides.Hetakesthebulletfromtherifleclip,addsitto
theBarettaclip.Heslamsthepistolclipback,reallyworried.
Mindracing,helooksallaroundtheroom...hiseyesfallona
tapedispenser.Hethinksagain...stepstowardsit:

380AINTHEBASEMENT380A

Theohaspulledtworampsoutfromthetruckandslipsinto
theback.Acarenginefiresupinsidethedeliverytruck.

381ARGYLE381

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382THEGARAGE382

AparamedicvanshootsoutofthebackofthePacificCourier
deliverytruck.Flooringthelimo,ArgyleCRASHESinto
thevan,whichCAREENSintothewall.

383CLOSER383

TheostaggersoutintimeforArgyletodeckhimwithonepunch.

ARGYLE
(lookingaround)
Where'sthecamerawhenyouneedthem?

CUTTO:

384THEVAULTROOM384

HANS
Let'smove.

Thelastofthemoneyispiledon.HanshangsontoHollywhile
Eddiepushesthemailcartsofmoneybags.Kristoffgoestothe
doortoscopetheirescape...suddenlyheisCOLDCOCKEDbya
riflebutt.

385WIDER385

McClanestepsintoviewinthedoorway,backlitbysparksstill
tumblingdownfromtheroofabove.Heholdsthemachinegun
ready.

MCCLANE
Hans!

Hansturns,notthatsurprised.Grinning,heyanksHollyinto
view.Nowordsneedbesaid.

HOLLY
John!

MCCLANE
Holly,wehavetostopmeetinglike
this.
(takinginthevault)
Sothat'swhatitwas.Afucking
robbery.
(thinking)
Sowhynukethebuilding,Hans?

HANS
(withashrug)
Whenyoustealsixhundreddollars,
youcandisappear...butwhenyou
stealsixhundredmillion,theywill
findyou...unlessyouplaydead.
(tightsmile)
Whichhappenstobeyournextrole...
dropyourgun,please.

McClanehesitates...HanspushesthegunagainstHollyagain,
reallyhurtingher.Eddiequicklyraiseshisweapon.

HANS
(toEddie)
Nein,dieseinistmein.
(toMcClane)
ThistimeJohnWaynedoesnotwalk
offintothesunsetwithGraceKelly.

MCCLANE

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HANS
Nomorejokes,dropitorshegetsit
betweentheeyes!

MCCLANE
(slowlyputtingdown
hisgun)
Whoa,Hans,nowyou'rethecowboy?

HANS
'Yippekiyea,motherfucker'?Now
youarefucked.

Heaims:

MCCLANE
Holly,now...!

Instantly,Hollysidesteps,JABSherelbowintoHans'face!

386MCCLANEOVERSHOULDERSHOT386

AtthesamemomentHollymoves,McClanegrabshisBaretta
fromitshidingplaceTAPEDTOTHEBACKOFHISNECK,SHOOTS
Hanshighinthechest!

ThebulletpassesrightTHROUGHHans,andtheWINDOWbehind
himSPLATTERSwithbloodandSHATTERS.Evenwhilethisis
happening,McClaneSPINS:

387EDDIETHROUGHMCCLANE'SWIDESPREADLEGS387

Eddietakesagunshot,DROPSjustlikeonGunsmoke.

388BACKTOSCENE388

Hansdropshisweapon,staggers,looksdownathisownblood
inshock.

389MCCLANE389

MCCLANE
YouwererightaboutusAmericans.
(heblowssmoke
fromhispistol
barrel)
Wearecowboys.

390VAULTROOMWIDER390

Incredibly,Hansstillstands,eyesfilledwithshockand
disbelief.HeREELS,fallsagainstthewindowsill,startsto
TOPPLEandthenheGRITShisteethandfromsomeinward
placefindsalastreserveofstrengthandheGRABS:

391HOLLY'SWRIST391

andsheisYANKEDoffherfeet!

392BACKTOSCENE392

Hansgoesoutthewindow,pullingHollywithhim!McClane
LEAPSforward,catchesherinsidearmneartheelbowatthe
lastminute!

393EXT.BUILDINGLONGSHOT393

Theroofstillinflames,McClanehangshalfwayoutofthe
window,jaggedglassrakinghisface,strainingtoholdonto
HollyasHansdragsherout!

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McClanebraceshimselfagainstthewindowframeandstrainsto
pullHollycloser.WithaMOAN,shecatchesthewindowsillwith
herinsidehand.McClaneSTRETCHESwithhisotherhand,begins
toINCHtowardsHolly'swristband.

394HANS'HANDWIDEN394

Adeathgriponthewatchband.WeWIDEN,SEEthat,blood
fleckedteethGRITTING,heisSTRAININGwithhisotherhand
tobringupthegunheisstillholding!

395MCCLANE395

Holly'sSCREAMalertshim.HanslockseyeswithMcClaneone
lasttime,startstopullthetrigger,as:

396VERYCLOSE396

McClaneRELEASESthelatchonthewatchband!Theovertaxed
metalSNAPS,linksflying:

397WIDER397

Hans'faceregistershishorrorasheandmostofthewatch
suddenlydrop.

WeLISTENtohisscreamallthewaydown,finallyHEARhimHIT.

McClanepullsHollybackintotheroomandholdsher.

MCCLANE
It'sokay,babe.It'sokay.

HelooksdownatHans'body,thenbackatthescrapofwristband
he'sstillholding.

MCCLANE
Yougotawarrantyonthis?

Shelaughsthroughhertears,holdsontohim.

DISSOLVETO:

398EXT.BUILDINGDAWN398

Smokedriftsupfromwhathassuddenlybecomethetopfloor.
Thornburg'sremotetruckcareensintotheparkinglot.

399CLOSER399

Acrowdwatchesasthefrontdoorsofthebuildingopen.We
SEEMcClane,whoholdsupHollyandinturnissupportedby
SWATmen.AsREPORTERSstartshoutingquestions,McClane
breaksfreeofhisentourage,and,holdingHolly,pushesinto
thecrowd.

MCCLANE
(callingout)
Al?Al,youhere?

Thecrowdeddysandsurges...suddenlyPowellisthere,and
McClaneknowsit'shim.Theystareateachother,tenfeet
apart,andthenthey'regrinning,extendingtheirhands.But
somehowashakeisn'tenough,andthey'reembracingeachother
likemenwho'velivedthroughcombattogether...which,infact,
isthetruth.

MCCLANE
(emotional)
Al.Man,youweremyrock.I
couldn'thavemadeitwithoutyou.

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POWELL
Bullshit.

MCCLANE
I'mserious.Hey,thisismywife...
HollyGennero.

HOLLY
(takingPowell'shand,
correcting)
HollyMcClane.

Hearingthis,McClanegrins,pullsherclose.*

POWELL
(toher)
Apleasure.IguessJohndoesn't
needmetogiveyouthatmessage
anymore.

HOLLY
(puzzled)
Message?

McClanebeginstomakesilent"ixney"gesturesinPowell's
direction.

POWELL
Youknow,abouthimbeingsucha
jerkandhowhe'sreallysor
(seeingMcClane)
ee...Uh,I'msurehe'llfill
youin.

JustthenRobinsonbargesforward.

ROBINSON
Iwantyoufordebrief,McClane.
You'vegotsomethingstoanswer
forEllis'murderproperty
damageinterferingwithpolice*
business

ASCREAMcausesMcClanetoturn.

400HISP.O.V.400

ThereinthedoorwayisKarl,clothingandbodyscorched.
EasilyascrustedindirtandbloodasMcClane,heholdshis
machinegun.

401EXT.BUILDING401

Asthecrowdpanicstryingtoescape,Karllockseyeswith
McClaneandlevelshisgun.McClanethrowsHollytothe
groundandgrabsthedumbstruckRobinson'ssidearm.

Buthedoesn'tgetoffashotalonegunshotstopsKarl
knockinghimbackthroughthedoorway.McClanelooksbackto
seePowellstillsightingdownthebarrelofhis.38.

Hishandisrocksteady.HeseesMcClane'slook.

POWELL
(shrugging)
Youwereright.Youcouldn'thave
madeitwithoutme.

Theysmile.SuddenlyMcClaneandHollysquintasLIGHTSpan
ontothem.Thornburgpusheshiswayforward,mikeextended
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THORNBURG
Mr.McClane...Mrs.McClane...any
commentonyourincredibleordeal?
Whatareyourfeelingsnowthatit's
allover?

Withoutabeat,HollyPUNCHESHIMinthechops.HeFALLS,
droppingthemikewithanelectronicSQUEAL.McClanelooksat
hiswife,amazed.Behindthem,Thornburgsitsontheground,*
nurseshislip,turnstohiscamerman.

THORNBURG
(eager)*
Didyougetthat?

McClaneandHollycontinueon,turntowards:*

402ARGYLE'SLIMO402

It'salittlesmashedup,butstillrunning.Argyleis
standingbesidetheopendoor.McClaneandHollygetinand
Argyleclosesthedoor.

ARGYLE
(gettinginthe
front)
IfthisistheirideaofChristmas
IgottabethereforNewYear's.

CAMERAADJUSTSTOSHOWthereadwindowwhereMcClaneand
Hollyarekissing.Astheydriveoff,we:

FADEOUT

THEEND

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