Die Hard (1988)
Synopsis: Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It follows off-duty New York City Police Department officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) as he takes on a group of highly organized criminals led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who perform a heist in a Los Angeles skyscraper under the guise of a terrorist attack using hostages, including McClane's wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), to keep the police at bay.

FADE IN:

1 405 FREEWAY - LOS ANGELES - EARLY EVENING 1

Christmas tinsel on the light poles. We ARE LOOKING east past

Inglewood INTO the orange grid of L.A. at night when suddenly

we TILT UP TO CATCH the huge belly of a landing 747 -- the

noise is deafening.

2 INT. 747 - PASSENGERS - SAME 2

The usual moment just after landing when you let out that sigh

of relief that you've made it in one piece. As the plane TAXIS

to its gate, they stir, gather personal belongings.

3 ON JOHN MCCLANE 3

mid-thirties, good-looking, athletic and tired from his trip.

He sits by the window. His relief on landing is subtle, but

we NOTICE. Suddenly, he hears --

SALESMAN'S VOICE

You don't like flying, do you?

McClane turns, looks at the Babbit clone next to him. Caught,

he tenses, holds his armrests in exaggerated fear.

MCCLANE:

No, no, where'd you get that idea?

SALESMAN:

(smiling)

Ya wanna know the secret of successful

air travel? After you get where you're

going, ya take off your shoes and socks.

Then ya walk around on the rug barefoot

and make fists with your toes.

MCCLANE:

Fists with your toes.

SALESMAN:

Maybe it's not a fist when it's your

toes...I mean like this...work out

that time zone tension.

(demonstrating)

Better'n a cup of coffee and a hot

shower for the old jet lag. I know

it sounds crazy. Trust me. I've

been doing it for nine years.

The plane stops. Passengers rise, start to take down overhead

luggage. McClane does this, but as he opens the door above,

the businessman BLANCHES seeing:

3-A HIS P.O.V. - MCCLANE'S BARETTA PISTOL 3-A

Peeking out from his jacket.

3-B BACK TO SCENE3-B

Recognizing the look, McClane smiles reassuringly.

MCCLANE:

It's okay.

(showing badge)

I'm a cop.

(pause)

Trust me. I've been doing it for

eleven.

The businessman relaxes, moves off. McClane now wrestles down

the biggest Teddy Bear FAO Schwartz had to offer. Balancing

this, he moves down to another overhead, takes out a topcoat

and an overnighter. Barely managing all this, he turns,

COLLIDING WITH:

3-C A PRETTY STEWARDESS 3-C

She bumps noses with the bear, gives a look.

STEWARDESS:

(smiling, about the bear)

Maybe you should have bought her a

ticket.

MCCLANE:

Her?

He scrutinizes the nether regions of the bear, shrugs.

MCCLANE:

She doesn't complain.

STEWARDESS:

(eying him)

Neither would I.

McClane smiles, with just enough of a sigh to know he's as

wistful about things-that-might-have-been as she is...moves

down the aisle.

CUT TO:

4 INT. THE NAKATOMI BUILDING (LOS ANGELES) - EVENING 4

CLOSE ON A bottle of Dom Perignon as the cork explodes across

a large office floor decorated for Christmas. A Japanese man,

mid-fifties standing on a desk holds up the bottle triumphantly

and looks out at an adoring audience of junior executives and

office personnel. He is JOSEPH TAKAGI, Sr V.P. of Sales for

Nakatomi, a multinational corporation.

TAKAGI:

Ladies and gentlemen...I congratulate

each and every one of you for making

this one of the greatest days in the

history of the Nakatomi corporation...

In the b.g., obviously still at work, an attractive BUSINESSWOMAN

in her mid-thirties, studying a computer printout, heads toward

her office. Falling into step with her is HARRY ELLIS,

thirty-seven, V.P. of Sales. Well-dressed, with stylish,

slicked-back hair, he looks and acts very smooth.

ELLIS:

What about dinner?

WOMAN (HOLLY)

Harry, it's Christmas Eve. Families...

Stockings...chestnuts...Rudolph and

Frosty...those things ring a bell?

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