Die Hard script
Die Hard (1988)
Synopsis: New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realizes that there's no one to save the hostages -- but him.

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 SCENE 3-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.

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