Die Hard: With A Vengeance

Synopsis: John McClane is now almost a full-blown alcoholic and is suspended from the NYPD. But when a bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller Department Store the police go insane trying to figure out what's going on. Soon, a man named Simon calls and asks for McClane. Simon tells Inspector Walter Cobb that McClane is going to play a game called "Simon Says". He says that McClane is going to do the tasks he assigns him. If not, he'll set off another bomb. With the help of a Harlem electrician, John McClane must race all over New York trying to figure out the frustrating puzzles that the crafty terrorist gives him. But when a bomb goes off in a subway station right by the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) things start to get heated.
Director(s): John McTiernan
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min

# Hot town,

summer in the city #

# Back of my neck

gettin' dirt and gritty #

# Been down,

isn't it a pity? #

# Doesn't seem to be

a shadow in the city #

#All around,

people lookin' half-dead #

#Walkin' on the sidewalk

hotter than a match-head #

# Come night,

it's a different world #

# Goin' off to find a girl #

# Come on, come on,

and dance all night #

# Despite the heat

it'll be all right #

#And, babe, don't you know

it's a pity #

#That the days

can't be like the nights #

# In the summer

in the city #

# In the summer

in the city #

# Cool town,

meetin' in the city #

# Dressed so fine

and lookin' so pretty #

# Cool cat

lookin' for a kitty #

# Gonna look in every

corner of the city #

#Turn round,

wheezing at the bus stop #

# Runnin- ##

Alan, Bomb Squad,

Special Services,

State Police,

and the FBI.



Go to St. John's emergency

in case we got any walk-ins

from the street.


get the city engineer.

I got to find out

our damage report.

Bonwit Teller.

Who would want to blow up

a department store?

Ever see a woman

miss a shoe sale?

Ricky, you and Joe

make sure the uniforms

get it cordoned off there

and don't let

the damn TV crews in.

Inspector, phone.

Not now. Benson, traffic!

Get 5th avenue

cleared up by 3:

or we got

the traffic jam from hell.



I think you'd

better take this.

Major Case Unit.

Inspector Cobb.

Said Simple Simon to the pie man

going to the fair,

"Give me your pies...

or I'll cave

your head in. "

You see, Bonwit's was just to

make sure I had your attention.

Is there a detective

named McClane there?

He's on suspension.

No, Walter. He's not.

Not today.

Who is this?

Call me Simon.

What do you want?

I want to play

a game.

What kind of game?

Simon says.

Simon's going to tell

Lieutenant McClane what to do,

and Lieutenant McClane

is going to do it.

Noncompliance will

result in a penalty.

What penalty?

Another big bang

in a very public place.

What is it that you want

Lieutenant McClane to do?

Simon says

Lieutenant McClane

is to go to the corner of 138th street

und Amsterdam,

which is in Harlem,

if I'm not mistaken.


Lambert! You know

where to find McClane?

I kind of doubt

you'll find him in church.

Well, you better find out

what rock he's under...

and kick it over.



A few more.


You look like sh*t.

Where did we leave off

with that roster?

We got three killings

in Redhook the past two nights.

Put Minor on it.

And Genetti.

The Mayor's Office will call

before the day's out.

Next-14 dump trucks stolen from a yard

in Staten Island.

Are they starting

a construction company?

No, it was

John's landlady

going to clean

his apartment.

Insurance fraud.

That's a priority

out in California.

Contractor splits the money

with the thieves.

We had that out in Jersey

a couple of years ago,Joe.

See what Kelly

can do with it.

Hey, what was the lottery number

last night?

You still betting

your badge, Rick?


Half the cops in New York

play their badges.

How are the kids,John?

They're O.K.


Did you talk

with Holly?

No, I didn't talk

to Holly.

Coming up on it,


Hot in here,

or am I just scared to death?

Make sure

the gun's secure.

Yeah. It's good.

You're the first woman

since Holly

to see me do this.

I'm honored.


So was she.

So... where's the backup

going to be?

We're going to draw back

to 128th street.


You f***ing kidding me?

Oh, man.

That's just great.

Walter, what is

all this about, huh?

If we don't do

what this guy says,

he'll blow up

another place.

Well, why me?

I have no idea.

He just said it had to be you.

It's nice

to be needed.


Hey, Walter, how about you mind

your f***ing business

about Holly, huh?

This Simon is f***ing up

a perfectly good hangover.


We'll be back

to pick you up

in 15 minutes.

Take your time.

I expect to be dead

in four.

Let's go, Billy!

Hey, yo, Uncle!

Come look at this!

It's 10 after 9:00.

Why aren't you in school?

Tony wants to

sell you this.

Tony. That no-neck dude

they call Bad T?

He says he found it

in a dumpster.

He keeps stealing,

he'll be found in a dumpster.

He didn't steal it.

Says his uncle gave it to him.

Mm-hmm. Hand me

that newspaper over there.

Don't ever let

people use you.

You're running all over town

with stolen property.

If you get caught,

you're in trouble while he denies

the whole thing.

You mean you want us

to take it back to Tony?

No. I'll take it

back to Tony...

with a message.

Now, where you going?

- Why?

- School.

- Why?

- To get educated.

So we can go

to college.

And why is that


To get 'espect.


Who's the bad guys?

Guys who sell drugs.

Guys who have guns.

Who are the good guys?

We're the good guys.

Who's going to help you?


Who's going to help you?

We'll help ourselves.

Who do we not want

to help us?

- White people.

- White people.

That's right. Get on out of here.

Go to school.

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Jonathan Hensleigh

Jonathan Blair Hensleigh (born February 1959) is an American screenwriter and film director, working primarily in the action-adventure genre, best known for writing films such as Jumanji, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Armageddon, as well as making his own directorial debut with the 2004 comic book action film The Punisher. more…

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