KARL: What do you think of this heat?
JOHN McCLANE: Indian summer, huh?
KARL: Feels like it’s going to rain like dogs and cats later. Here’s one of your guys. Detective, uh, Otto, isn’t it?
JOHN McCLANE: John McClane.
KARL: Mike, how you doing? I keep telling myself I’m going to take the stairs just for the exercise… but on a hot day like this, it seems I always end up riding the lift.
JOHN McCLANE: What was the lottery number last night? You play the lottery? No? My wife buys me two tickets every week. Plays the same two numbers all the time. I say, “Why don’t you play a different number?“ She goes, “Those are my lucky numbers.“ I got the tickets right here-
— Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1996), written by Jonathan Hensleigh, certain original characters by Roderick Thorp
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Elevator. Today’s suggestion by Gisela Wehrl.
Trivia: Jonathan Hensleigh was actually detained by the FBI after completing the script for the film because he knew extensive information about the Federal Gold Reserve in downtown Manhattan. Hensleigh stated that he got all the information from an article written in the New York Times.
Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Gisela: “This is one of the scene, where you convinced that John McClane is a real cop. He feels by heart, who the bad guys are! But the dialogue gives him some clues as well. The impostor cop mixes dogs and cats and talks about the lift instead of elevator. The next clue is a silent one — McClane sees the NYPD badge with his friend’s number. Therefore McClane talks about the lottery (as it was planted in the beginning of the movie). It gives him a reason to grab into his jacket. That’s one thing, what makes the Die Hard series so funny, McClane sometimes talks himself out of a situation. That he survives the shooting with several guns within an elevator (and ricochets), that’s due to the action genre.”
Daily Dialogue — February 23, 2017