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Die Hard Scenes 17-18

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Scenes 17-18

Scenes 17-18

Scene 17

  • We cut to a news studio, where a local reporter is listening to a police scanner.
  • He hears the cop call for backup on the radio and knows he's got a story.

Scene 18

  • Well, we're all in for it now. Dozens of cops descend upon the scene.
  • Gruber seems unfazed, though. He even refers to the cops' showing up as "necessary." Hmm.
  • All that unflappability gets a little, well, flapped when McClane radios Gruber. He tells him he's killed "Tony and Marco and his friend," and refers to Hans, Franco, and Karl by their names.
  • Karl's worried. How does he know so much about them?
  • But Gruber plays it cool. He guesses that McClane is a security guard.
  • Um, not so much.
  • Gruber wants to know who McClane is. Smartly, he won't say. He's "just a fly in the ointment."
  • Gruber sends his cronies off to suss out the situation while he continues to chat with McClane.
  • They banter. Gruber calls him "just another American who saw too many movies as a child. Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he's John Wayne."
  • McClane confesses he was a Roy Rogers fan, and when Gruber asks him if he really thinks he has a chance, McClane responds with the iconic line, "Yippee-ki-yay, motherf***er."

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