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Podcast about the greatest Christmas action movie ever made, examined one minute of screen time per episode

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All Stars

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The all stars of Movies by Minutes come together to cover the XMAS classic Die Hard. Great listen and a good introduction to hosts of many Movies by Minutes podcasts.

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Welcome to the party, pal!

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All Stars

By American Kankles - Oct 04 2017
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The all stars of Movies by Minutes come together to cover the XMAS classic Die Hard. Great listen and a good introduction to hosts of many Movies by Minutes podcasts.

This IS Christmas music!

By Vanhenge - Oct 04 2017
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Welcome to the party, pal!
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Die Hard Minute Podcast

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Rank #1: Minute 104: The Universal Terrorist Playbook

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Rick & Julia Ingham of The Mad Max Minute Podcast

“I got a big problem down here,” says Walt. “Shut it down. Shut it down, now!”

The lights go off at Nakatomi Tower.

“Emergency Lighting Activated,” says an automated voice. McClane’s restroom is now lit by battery-operated lamps. He picks up the walkie talkie.

“Al? Al? Talk to me – what’s going on here?” says John.

“Ask the FBI,” replies Al. “They’ve got the Universal Terrorists’ Playbook, and they’re running it, step-by-step.”

On the security monitor, the Electromagnetic Seal is on, but then the graphic image shows the seal going away.

“It’s gonna go!’ says Theo. “Yes!”  The safe door swings open with buzzing noises and flashing lights. Theo and Hans stare open mouthed as the Ode to Joy plays a triumphant crescendo.

“Merry Christmas!” says Theo, smiling.

Meanwhile, Agents Johnson and Johnson, followed by Robinson, jog down the hillside from Nakatomi Plaza. The FBI agents are laughing. Robinson looks uncertain.

“Those bastards are probably pissing their pants right now!” says Big Johnson.

“The mayor’s going to have my ass!” says Robinson.

Theo leaps toward the vault entrance.

IN THIS MINUTE:

Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber

Clarence Gilyard, Jr. as Theo

Paul Gleason as Dwayne T. Robinson

Robert Davi as Special Agent Big Johnson

Grand L. Bush as Agent Little Johnson

Rick Ducommun as Walt

Bruce Willis as John McClane

Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell

Feb 22 2018

29mins

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Rank #2: Minute 051:[Lighter Flicks]

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Rob Lumley and Joe Duellman
of The Tombstone Minute

McClane is literally at the end of his tether, hanging inside the seemingly bottomless ventilation shaft. The rifle strap is starting to undo itself from the rifle, as McClane clings to the other end of the strap. He tries to reach across the shaft to the other louver, but it’s too far a reach. The rifle begins to bend.

Meanwhile, Karl opens the hatch to the catwalk above the elevator shaft. Fritz and Franco look on.

John tries again to reach the far louver.

Karl walks stealthily across the catwalk, looking down for signs of McClane.

McClane leans farther across the ventilation shaft. The rifle bends more. Suddenly, the strap gives way.

John falls down the shaft, grabbing frantically at the louver. He slips, and falls several more floors. Luckily, he finds purchase on an open louver.

Karl hears the noise and looks at the open vent frame to the ventilation shaft.

John edges up to the open vent. Karl moves closer to the vent frame.

McClane finds himself in a narrow HVAC vent. He reaches into his back pocket and retrieves the lighter he took from the first terrorist he killed. The interior of the vent lights up as he swings the lighter around.

It’s a very long vent.

IN THIS MINUTE:

John McClane: Bruce Willis

Karl: Alexander Godunov

Fritz: Hans Buhringer

Franco: Bruno Doyon

Franco: Bruno Doyon

Dec 11 2017

17mins

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Rank #3: Minute 093: An A-7 Scenario

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Tom Taylor, Pete Mummert, and Gerry Porter of The Indiana Jones Minute

Gruber looks back at McClane.

Meanwhile, Dwayne T. Robinson is explaining the situation to FBI Agents Little Johnson and Big Johnson as they walk to get a better look at Nakatomi Tower.

“Well, as best we can figure it is,” says Robinson, “they’ve got maybe thirty, thirty-five hostages up there, probably on the thirtieth floor, and I dunno, maybe seven or eight terrorists up there.”

“Sounds like an A-7 scenario,” says Little Johnson. Big Johnson looks through binoculars.

Little Johnson turns briefly toward Robinson. “Thank you,” he says, “we’ll handle it from here. When we commandeer your men, we’ll try and let you know.”

“Aren’t you forgetting something?” asks Al Powell.

“Such as?” says Big Johnson.

“What about John McClane?” asks Al. “He’s the reason why we have the information that we have up until now. He’s also the reason why you’re facing seven terrorists instead of twelve.”

“He’s inside?” asks Little Johnson. “Who is he?”

“Well,” says Robinson, “He might be a cop, I don’t know. We’re checking on that.”

“One of yours?” asks Big Johnson.

“No, no way,” says Robinson.

Back on the 35th Floor, McClane offers Gruber one of the cigarettes he took off Tony’s body.

“Do you smoke?” asks McClane.

Gruber smiles. “Yeah.” McClane takes a cigarette and hands the remaining one in the pack to Gruber. McClane pulls out the Zippo lighter.

IN THIS MINUTE:

Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber

Bruce Willis as John McClane

Paul Gleason as Dwayne T. Robinson

Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell

Robert Davi as FBI Special Agent Big Johnson

Grand L. Bush as FBI Agent Little Johnson

Feb 07 2018

17mins

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Rank #4: Minute 106: Sitting on a Beach, Earning Twenty Percent

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Jeff Ferry & Chris Derkotch of The ‘Burbs Minute Podcast
Guest: John J. Galbo from the ACPN podcast network

Big Johnson answers Hans’s call. “This is Special Agent Johnson of the FBI,” he says, “The State Department has arranged for the return of your comrades. Helicopters are on route, as you requested.”

“I hear you,” replies Hans, “We’ll be ready.”

Big Johnson puts down the mic and turns to Little Johnson. “By the time they figure out what hit ’em, they’ll be in a body bag,” says Big Johnson.

“When they touch down,” says Hans to Theo, “we’ll blow the roof, they’ll spend a month sifting through the rubble, and by the time they figure out what went wrong,  we’ll be sitting on a beach, earning twenty percent.”

Meanwhile, McClane sets his blood-soaked feet on the floor.  He moans in pain.

“Pal,” he says in his walkie talkie, “Yo, pal – you got a minute?”

“I’m here, John, ” says Al.

“Listen, man,” says John, “I’m starting to get a bad feeling up here.  I want you to do something for me. Um – I want you to find my wife. Don’t ask how. By then, you’ll know how. Uh — I want you to tell her something. I want you to tell her that-”

IN THIS MINUTE:

Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber

Clarence Gilyard, Jr. as Theo

Robert Davi as Special Agent Big Johnson

Grand L. Bush as FBI Agent Little Johnson

Bruce Willis as John McClane

Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell

Feb 26 2018

20mins

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Rank #5: Minute 122: The Birkenstock Test

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Jonathan Carlisle and Steve Lastoe of The Princess Bride Minute Podcast

McClane lowers his gun.

Holly sighs, in shock that John is giving up. McClane drops his gun on the ground.

Eddie grabs a machine gun off the freight dolly, but Hans stops him.

“Nein, this is mine!” yells Hans.

“You got me,” says John, lacing his hands behind his head.

“Still the cowboy, Mister McClane,” says Hans, “Americans, all alike. However, this time John Wayne does not walk off into the sunset with Grace Kelly.”

“That was Gary Cooper, a–hole,” replies McClane.

“Enough jokes,” says Hans.

“You would have made a pretty good cowboy yourself, Hans,” says McClane.  Hans raises his pistol away from Holly’s head.

“Oh yes, what was it you said to me before?” asks Hans, “Yippee-kai-yay, mother-f—er.”

Hans starts to point his pistol at John.  John laughs. Hans starts to laugh, too. So does Eddie.

Taped to John’s back is the pistol he had.

Holly realizes John has something planned.

John yells “Holly!” and grabs the pistol off his back, shooting at Hans. He fires a shot and misses, then turns and shoots Eddie in the head.

IN THIS MINUTE:

Bruce Willis as John McClane

Dennis Hayden as Eddie

Bonnie Bedelia as Holly Gennaro McClane

Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber

Mar 20 2018

25mins

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Rank #6: Minute 114: Junior High

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Rob Lumley & Joe Duellman of The Tombstone Minute Podcast

Hans just corrected Holly, saying he is an exceptional thief.

“And since I’m moving up to kidnapping,” he continues, “you should be more polite!”  Holly doesn’t react.

Meanwhile, Karl is kicking John McClane in the face, up the metal stairway.  Karl tries to karate chop John’s shoulder, but John blocks the chop and head-butts Karl.

“You – mother!” yells John, putting Karl in a headlock and dragging him up the stairs. “I’m going to f—ing kill you, cook you,  and f—ing eat you!” McClane continues to slam Karl in the face with the base of his palm.  Karl grabs McClane by the head and tries to twist John’s head off.  John responds by grabbing a hanging chain and wrapping it around Karl’s neck. He shoves Karl off the stairway, and Karl is left swinging by the neck from the chain, many feet in the air.

McClane picks up the pistol from the floor, and checks the clip. Then, he exits the stairwell, leaving Karl dangling.

Back at the LAPD command center, Al and Robinson watch the helicopters flying overhead.

“I don’t like this, Sarge,” says Dwayne.

The two helicopters wheel 30 feet over the Avenue of the Stars, barely clearing the fountains.  Big Johnson lets out a war whoop.

“Just like f—ing Saigon, eh Slick?” yells Big Johnson.

“I was in junior high, dickhead,” replies Little Johnson.

The two helicopters continue down the Avenue of the Stars at very low altitude.

IN THIS MINUTE:

Bruce Willis as John McClane

Alexander Godunov as Karl

Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber

Bonnie Bedelia as Holly Gennaro McClane

Paul Gleason as Dwayne T. Robinson

Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell

Robert Davi as Special Agent Johnson

Grand L. Bush as Agent Johnson

Mar 08 2018

22mins

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Rank #7: Minute 053: Die Politzei

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Rob Lumley and Joe Duellman
of The Tombstone Minute

Karl moves closer to the vent, pointing his gun where McClane is hiding. Karl begins testing the ventilation segments by pushing on the bottom of the sheet metal.

McClane quietly cocks his pistol and tries to aim at Karl through the vent.

Karl’s tests are getting closer to McClane. He reaches the louver directly under McClane.

Suddenly he’s interrupted by Fritz, who is waving his walkie-talkie. “Karl!” he says, “Come! Der Politzei! Karl – – der Politzei!”

Karl takes a final look at the vent louver, and then follows Fritz.

McClane uncocks his pistol, and sighs with relief.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Al Powell arrives at the Nakatomi Plaza circular drive. One of the gang watches from the roof of the building.

Inside the 31st floor, McClane lowers himself from the ventilation channel and puts his feet on the computer desk below him.

Another member of the gang watches Al arrive in his police car.

McClane, holding his pistol out ready to fire, advances toward the Nakatomi art gallery.

IN THIS MINUTE:

John McClane: Bruce Willis

Karl: Alexander Godunov

Fritz: Hans Buhringer

Franco: Bruno Doyon

Dec 13 2017

21mins

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Rank #8: Minute 077: Take This Under Advisement, Jerkweed

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Sean German
and Dave Pallas

McClane unwraps a brick of C-4. The detonators are scattered on the computer chair. He sticks a single detonator in the brick.

“F— it!” says McClane, and jams all the other detonators into the brick.

“Mach schnell! Mach los!” shouts Fritz to James. James runs to get more shells, but the missile box nearby is empty.

Meanwhile, McClane grabs a computer CRT and ties it to the office chair containing the C-4 and the detonators.

“See if you can take this under advisement, jerkweed,” says McClane.  He rolls the chair toward the elevator.

Meanwhile, James returns to the place where he and Fritz dropped the other missile box.

McClane, at the open elevator door, says, “Geronimo, motherf—–r!” and pushes the chair into the shaft.

The chair tumbles, end over end, into the darkness at the base of the shaft.

Suddenly a brilliant explosion heads back up the elevator shaft. James, on the 32nd floor, is flattened by the explosion.

Flames shoot out of the building on the second floor of Nakatomi Tower.

On the 30th Floor, Holly and the other hostages hear the muffled roar of the explosion and see windows crack.

The explosion continues up to the roof of the building.

Robinson and the others in the police command post take cover.

McClane, watching the explosion rise up the elevator shaft, suddenly realizes he’s in the wrong place.  The flames shoot his way.

“Oh SH–!” he yells, leaping out of the way. The explosion knocks him across the computer room.

Hans watches the carnage from Holly’s office.

“They’re using artillery on us!” says Franco.

“You idiot,” replies Hans, “It’s not the police – – it’s HIM!”

Billowing smoke fills Olympic Boulevard.

IN THIS MINUTE:

Wilhelm von Hornburg as James

Hans Buhringer as Fritz

Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber

Bruce Willis as John McClane

Paul Gleason as Dwayne T. Robinson

Bonnie Bedelia as Holly

Bruno Doyon as Franco

Jan 16 2018

23mins

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Rank #9: Minute 054: Who’s Driving This Car – Stevie Wonder?

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Rob Lumley and Joe Duellman
of The Tombstone Minute

McClane, holding his pistol out ready to fire, advances toward the Nakatomi art gallery.

He enters the conference room where Takagi was killed, the chair still overturned on the floor.

McClane glances out the window and sees the police car arrive.

“Well, it’s about time,” says John.

Al drives slowly around the circular entrance. “No signs of disturbance, Dispatch,” says Al into his microphone.

“Eight-El-Thirty, roger – possible crank call,” replies Dispatch. “Check the area again and confirm.”

John looks on from the window, puzzled. “Who’s driving this car, Stevie Wonder?” he says.

“I do see a guard inside,” says Al. “I’m going to go in for a closer look.”

“Eight-El-Thirty, roger. Use caution,” replies the dispatcher.

One of the gang members watches Al from a low floor, while holding a rifle aimed at the police car.

“Eddie?” says Hans into his walkie talkie.

“I had a feeling you’d be calling,” replies Eddie.

McClane continues to watch from the window.

Al opens the door of police car 110. Hand on his club, Al approaches the entrance.

IN THIS MINUTE:

John McClane: Bruce Willis

Hans: Alan Rickman

Al Powell: Reginald VelJohnson

Eddie: Dennis Hayden

Dec 14 2017

24mins

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Rank #10: Minute 045: Rooftop Pizza Party

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Jonathan Carlisle & Steve Lastoe
of The Princess Bride Minute

John McClane calling for help on the roof of Nakatomi Plaza, via his CB walkie-talkie.

“Century City,” says John.  Meanwhile in Holly’s office, Hans tries to figure out where McClane is radioing from.

“Where’s the best place to transmit?” Hans says to himself.

“Somebody answer me, Goddamnit!” says McClane.

“The roof!” says Hans. “Go – go!” Karl, Franco, and Fritz head out the office door.

Meanwhile, at the LAPD radio room, a 9-1-1 operator and her supervisor look at a monitor.  The monitor says:

NAKATOMI PLAZA
2121 AVENUE OF THE STARS
LOS ANGELES, CA 90213 EMERGENCY CONTACTS: SECURITY OFFICE (213)-203-3723
BLDG. MANAGER   (213) 203-3733
FIRE ALARM CODE        2134480

“It’s the same address as that fire signal,” says the dispatcher.

“I’ll handle it,” says the supervisor. She keys her microphone. “Attention, whoever you are: this channel is reserved for emergency calls only.”

“No f—ing s— lady! Do I sound like I’m ordering a pizza?” replies McClane.

Meanwhile, Karl, Fritz, and Franco ride the cargo elevator to the helipad.  Fritz takes a drag on his cigarette while Karl assembles his rifle. Franco takes off his jacket.

“No one kills him but me,” orders Karl, as they leave the elevator.

On the rooftop, McClane is still on the walkie talkie. “They have already killed one hostage, they are fortifying their positions while you’re jerking me off on the radio! Now, send a police –”

“Sir, I’ve already told you,” replies the LAPD supervisor, ” this is a reserved channel. If this is an emergency call,  dial 9-1-1 on your telephone.  Otherwise, I’ll have to report this as an FCC violation.”

“Fine,” says McClane. “Report me. Come the f— down here and arrest me. Just send the police now–”

McClane is cut off by a rapid burst of gunfire.

IN THIS MINUTE:

Karl: Alexander Godunov

John McClane: Bruce Willis

Hans Gruber: Alan Rickman

Police Supervisor: Diana James

Dispatcher: Shelley Pogoda

Fritz: Hans Buhringer

Franco: Bruno Doyon

Dec 01 2017

33mins

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Rank #11: Minute 060: Whoopi’s in the Middle, Hans

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
NEIL BROWN AND GEORGE HENDRICKS
OF THE MOGWAI MINUTE

John McClane is talking to a very surprised Hans Gruber on the walkie-talkie.

“I didn’t get that message,” says McClane. “Maybe you should have put it on the bulletin board. I figure, since I’ve waxed Tony and Marco, and his friend here, I figured you, and Karl, and Franco might be a little lonely, so I wanted to give you a call.” McClane pauses to pat down Heinrich’s body.

Karl says to Hans, “How does he know so much about us!” but Hans shushes him.

“This is very kind of you,” says Hans into his walkie-talkie. “I see you are our mysterious party crasher. You are most troublesome — for a security guard. ”

“EEHHNK!” says John. “Sorry, Hans, wrong guess. Would you like to go for Double Jeopardy, where the scores can really change?” McClane continues to rifle through Heinrich’s body, finding a pack of European-style cigarettes. “Hmm, these are very bad for you,” says John to the dead Heinrich.

“Who are you, then?” says an annoyed Hans.

“Just a fly in the ointmen, Hans,” says John, lighting up a cigarette. “A monkey in the wrench, a pain in the ass.” McClane finds several explosive detonators in a satchel, followed by a brick of C4 explosive. “Whoa,” says McClane.

“Check on all the others, DON’T use the radio. See if he’s lying about Marco and find out if anyone else is missing.

McClane looks around the conference room.

IN THIS MINUTE:

John McClane: Bruce Willis

Hans Gruber: Alan Rickman

Heinrich: Gary Roberts

Karl: Alexander Gudenov

Dec 22 2017

30mins

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Rank #12: Minute 118: Gonna Need Some More FBI Guys

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Neil Brown and George Hendricks of The Mogwai Minute Podcast

The reel falls off the roof of the building.

McClane. landing on a bamboo tantani, realizes he’s still tied to the falling fire hose reel.

The tatani slides toward the gaping hole in the window as McClane struggles to free himself from the fire hose. Just as the tatani slides out the window, McClane manages to untie the hose. He exhales, surprised to still be alive.

Explosions on the roof continue to rock the building. The hostages race down the stairwells.

“Allez!” says Hans to Theo, tossing a bag full of bearer bonds to him. Holly raises her hand over her head to shield herself from the falling debris of the damaged building.

On the 30th Floor, McClane wades through the smoked-filled indoor lagoon where the Christmas party was held. Flames light the outer walls of the office.  Another explosion knocks fixtures from the ceiling.

Through a gout of flame above the roof, the FBI helicopter falls toward the plaza below.  The helicopter explodes in midair, blowing out the windows of the 30th Floor and knocking McClane prone in the pond. The indoor planters shatter and the indoor garden catches fire.

At the LAPD command post, Dwayne Robinson and Al Powell watch the explosion of the helicopter.

“Holy Christ,” says Robinson, “We’re gonna need some more FBI guys, I guess.” Al looks at him, shocked.

Back on the 30th Floor, McClane moans in pain.

IN THIS MINUTE:

Bruce Willis as John McClane

Dennis Hayden as Eddie

Clarence Gilyard, Jr. as Theo

Bonnie Bedelia as Holly Gennaro McClane

Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell

Paul Gleason as Dwayne T. Robinson

Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber

Mar 14 2018

36mins

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Rank #13: Minute 061: Roy Rogers

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
MIKE CARLUCCI & TIERNEY STEELE
OF THE RETURN TO OZ MINUTE

John McClane is talking to a very puzzled Hans Gruber on the walkie-talkie. McClane scoops up ammunition into a backpack as he smokes a cigarette.

“Mister Mystery Guest,” says Gruber into his walkie-talkie, “are you still there?” McClane slings the backpack onto his shoulders and looks through the conference room partition.

“Yeah, I’m still here — unless you want to open the front door for me,” replies McClane. He slides the partition open and walks into the next room.

“Ah, no, I’m afraid not,” says Gruber, ” but you have me at a loss. You know my name, but who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he’s John Wayne? Rambo? Marshal Dillon?”

McClane checks the floor exits and the elevator bank. “I was always kinda partial to Roy Rogers, actually,” says John. “I really liked them sequined shirts.”

Gruber smirks. “Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mister Cowboy?” says Hans.

The elevator on McClane’s floor pings, as John leaves through the stairwell entrance.

“Yipee-kai-yay, mother f—-er,” he says into the walkie-talkie. Hans puts the walkie-talkie down.

Meanwhile, reporter Richard Thornburgh is talking to his producer. “I can get the jump on everybody if I can get a remote!”

“Sam,” says anchorman Harvey on the microphone to the studio, “I don’t have the new pages. Where’s the Gladden re-”

“Harvey,” says producer Sam, “keep your pants on, will ya?”  Sam brushes past Thornburgh.

“Sam, look, I’m begging you,” says Thornburgh, following Sam out to the studio.

“Simon’s already doing a remote,” says Sam, “with that Salinas thing, but I’m -”

IN THIS MINUTE:

John McClane: Bruce Willis

Hans Gruber: Alan Rickman

Thornburgh: William Allerton

Sam: Mark Goldstein

Harvey: David Ursin

Dec 25 2017

30mins

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Rank #14: Minute 003: One of the Greatest Years

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Curtis Bloes & Jason Hummel
of  the Better Off Dead Minute

Passengers are collecting their luggage at a baggage claim carousel. The man with the teddy bear arrives at the carousel and lights a cigarette.

Meanwhile, a well-dressed Asian man in a suit steps out of an executive office. He buttons his suit coat while a chamber quartet plays Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G.

TITLE: ALAN RICKMAN

After the man straightens his tie, he welcomes a Japanese businessman and his companions in Japanese.

TITLE: ALEXANDER GODUNOV

After shaking hands, the man moves closer to the quartet. The area is a mezzanine above a large assembly room, decorated with potted trees and an indoor waterfall. A large decorated Christmas tree stands against one wall.

TITLE: BONNIE BEDELIA

The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out several index cards – – notes for a speech.

TITLE: REGINALD VELJOHNSON

“Ladies and gentlemen!” he announces to the assembled guests. “Ladies and gentlemen! I want to congratulate each and every one of you for making this one of the greatest years in the history of the Nakatomi Corporation!” The crowd applauds.

“On behalf of the chief -” continues the speaker.

CAST:

John McClane: Bruce Willis

Joseph Takagi: James Shigeta

Ellis: Hart Bochner

Oct 04 2017

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Rank #15: Minute 113: I am an Exceptional Thief

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Rob Lumley & Joe Duellman of The Tombstone Minute Podcast

Hans is ecstatic that he has Mrs. McClane as a hostage. He picks up his walkie-talkie.

“McClane, I have some news for you,” he says. “McClane!” he repeats.

Meanwhile, Karl and John are fighting for the dropped pistol.  Karl grabs the weapon and fires at McClane. He wings McClane but John falls into the stairway. Bullet holes puncture the stairway door but miss McClane.

Uli continues to force the hostages to the roof of the building and the heliport.

Karl marches into the stairway, looking for McClane, but John surprises him from an elevated hiding place with a kick to the face. McClane leaps on top of the prone Karl and shoves him against a dolly, screaming “Mother f—er, I’ll kill you!”

Back in the vault, Theo is adjusting controls on a radio device. “Armed!” he says to Hans,  then asks, “The truck?”

“The truck,” replies Hans, loading more bearer bonds into a backpack.  Holly watches while seated against a wall.

“After all your posturing,” says Holly, “all your little speeches – you’re nothing but a common thief.”

Hans wheels about and faces Holly, “I am an exceptional thief, Mrs. McClane!” he replies.

IN THIS MINUTE:

Bruce Willis as John McClane

Alexander Godunov as Karl

Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber

Bonnie Bedelia as Holly Gennaro McClane

Ken Leong as Uli

Clarence Gilyard Jr. as Theo

Mar 07 2018

21mins

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Rank #16: Minute 005: Hello Lucy McClane

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Curtis Bloes & Jason Hummel
of  the Better Off Dead Minute

The scene shifts to Holly’s home. A young boy and girl are playing on a kitchen floor. Their phone rings.

The girl runs to answer the phone. “McClane residence!” she says, “Lucy McClane speaking!”

TITLE: MUSIC BY MICHAEL KAMEN

“Hello, Lucy McClane!” says Holly, looking at family pictures set behind her desk. “This is your mother speaking.”

“Mommy!” replies Lucy, “When are you coming home?”

“Pretty soon,” says Holly, “Pretty soon. You’ll be in bed when I get there, though. Let me talk to Paulina, okay, hon? And NO snooping around the house, looking for presents!”

“Is Daddy coming home with you?” asks Lucy.

Holly pauses for a moment. “Well, we’ll see what Santa and Mommy can do, okay? Put Paulina on. Bye, honey!”

“Paulina!” calls Lucy. A Hispanic woman wearing an apron under a sweater walks toward the phone.

“Ola, Mrs. Holly,” says Paulina.

“Um,” says Holly, “Did Mister McClane call?”

“No, Mrs. Holly,” replies Paulina, “No telefono.”

“Well, he probably just didn’t have time before his flight,” says Holly. “Um, it might be a good idea to make up the spare bedroom just in case.”

Paulina smiles. “Si, Mrs. Holly!”

CAST:

Holly Gennaro McClane: Bonnie Bedelia

Lucy McClane: Taylor Fry

John McClane, Jr.: Noah Land

Paulina: Betty Carvalho

Oct 06 2017

13mins

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Rank #17: Minute 110: Gather Your Flock, Miss Gennaro

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Jeff Ferry & Chris Derkotch of The ‘Burbs Minute Podcast
Guest: Crystal Beth from The Fifth Eleminute

McLane is interrupted by a gun barrel pressing against his cheek. It’s Karl at the other end of the gun.

“John?” asks Al over the walkie talkie. “John? John, come in!”  Al puts the mic down and turns to the other LAPD officer. “Did you get that?” he asks.

“No,” says the officer, “Something about a double cross?”

“Tell me about it,” says Al, looking up at the sky. Two helicopters are approaching.

Back on the 35th floor, Karl takes the walkie talkie away from John. “We’re both professionals,” he says, breaking the walkie talkie on the ground. “This is personal!” continues Karl.

McClane shoves the rifle barrel up into the air and knocks Karl in the jaw. John shoves Karl into a stack of 55-gallon drums, and then delivers a series of blows to Karl. Karl finally blocks a punch, and knocks McClane off his heels. He kicks John in the face.

The two helicopters draw closer to the building.

“They’re coming!” says Eddie, watching from the window of the 30th Floor. “Choppers are coming!” he says to Hans.

“Okay,” says Hans, writing notes at Holly’s desk. A TV news program plays on a portable set on the desk.  “Time to gather your flock, Miss Gennaro.”

IN THIS MINUTE:

Bruce Willis as John McClane

Alexander Godunov as Karl

Reginald VelJohnson as Al Powell

Dennis Hayden as Eddie

Mar 02 2018

23mins

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Rank #18: Minute 006: California

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Nathan Schuckman and Jacob Kaufman
of the Stanley Kubrick Minute

Holly Gennaro McClane is talking to her housekeeper Paulina about making up a guest bed for her husband.

“I do that already!” says Paulina.

“What would I do without you, Paulina?” says Holly as she hangs up her phone. She looks at a family picture on her desk – – with the man from the airplane, John McClane, in the photo. She flips the picture face-down on her credenza.

The scene shifts back to the man walking away from the baggage carousel with his luggage.

TITLE: CASTING BY JAMIE BURCH

TITLE: COSTUME DESIGNER MARILYN VANCE-STRAKER

A tall blonde woman squeals as she leaps into a man’s arms, wrapping her legs around him.

McClane shakes his head. “California,” he says.

TITLE: VISUAL EFFECTS PRODUCED BY RICHARD EDLUND, A.S.C.

As he walks toward the street exit, he’s passed by a long line of baggage carts. McClane spots a young African-American man wearing aviator glasses and holding a sign that says “J. McClane” with the Nakatomi corporate logo on the top of the sign.

“Hey,” he says, “I’m John McClane.”

“Argyle,” says the young man. “I’m your limo driver!” McClane nods his head. There’s an awkward pause.

“Nice bear!” says Argyle. McClane continues to look at driver.

“Okay – – Argyle,” he says.

IN THIS MINUTE:

Paulina: Betty Carvalho

Holly Gennaro McClane: Bonnie Bedelia

John McClane: Bruce Willis

Man at Airport: Jon E. Greene

Woman at Airport: Terri Lynn Doss

Argyle: De’voreaux White

Oct 09 2017

17mins

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Rank #19: Minute 062: Eat it, Harvey

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
MIKE CARLUCCI & TIERNEY STEELE
OF THE RETURN TO OZ MINUTE

Reporter Thornburg is pleading with his producer, Sam, for a remote unit to cover the shooting at Nakatomi Plaza. There’s another truck in the area, and Sam tells Thornburg to call the truck and “tell them to swing by or something.”

“I am not sitting on this assignment!” shouts Thornburg, “It’s my story!”

“I don’t want to hear about it!” says Sam, headed to the news studio.

“Alright, Sam – look,” says Thornburg, grabbing Sam by the arm, “I’ll tell you what – – if you don’t want to give me a truck,  I’ll go and I’ll steal a truck!”

“Oh, give us a break, Thornburg,” says anchorman Harvey Johnson.

“Eat it, Harvey!” replies Thornburg. Behind Harvey, a floor director is counting down the seconds to the start of the news.

“Harvey,” says the director, “we’re on the air!”  Harvey stares at the camera. Finally he scoops up some papers on his news desk and smiles.

“Good evening,” says Harvey, “This is Harvey Johnson.” The camera shifts to his co-host.

“And I’m Gail Wallens,” says Gail. “And this is Night Line News at Ten. Our top stories on this Christmas Eve…” Harvey glares at Thornburg.

Thornburg looks at the producer.  “Take Truck Number Five,” says Sam, “Get out of here.” Thornburg nods and leaves.

Back on the 30th Floor of Nakatomi Tower, Karl and his sidekicks exit the elevator, headed to see Hans in Holly’s office.

“He wasn’t lying about Marco,” says Karl, “He’s down on the street. And the other man was Heinrich.”

Hans tries to process all this new information.

“And his bag is missing,” says Karl.

“But he had the detonators…” says Hans.  Hans thinks for a moment, then dials numbers on his walkie-talkie.

IN THIS MINUTE:

Hans Gruber: Alan Rickman

Thornburg: William Allerton

Sam: Mark Goldstein

Harvey Johnson: David Ursin

Gail Wallens: Mary Ellen Trainor

Karl: Alexander Godunov

Dec 26 2017

26mins

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Rank #20: Minute 052: Come Out to the Coast

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THIS WEEK’S HOSTS:
Rob Lumley and Joe Duellman
of The Tombstone Minute

John McClane is squeezed into a very long HVAC vent, looking around with his Zippo lighter.

“Come out to the coast,” he says sarcastically, “We’ll get together, have a few laughs!” He snaps his lighter shut.

The noise travels up to Karl, looking down the ventilation shaft from the top of the catwalk.

McClane pulls himself along by his elbows. “Now I know what a TV dinner feels like,” he grunts.

Karl, Fritz, and Franco rush into the conference room on the 32nd floor, guns drawn. Karl tells Fritz to check the ceiling of the electrical room, while Karl runs to the other side of the 32nd floor.

McClane spies Karl through the louvers of the vent he’s in. Karl aims his gun at the vent. Karl hears a noise, and sprays the vent with bullets, barely missing McClane in the process.

McClane holds perfectly still.

Karl moves closer to the vent, pointing his gun where McClane is hiding.

IN THIS MINUTE:

John McClane: Bruce Willis

Karl: Alexander Godunov

Fritz: Hans Buhringer

Franco: Bruno Doyon

Dec 12 2017

19mins

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