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Die Hard - No Wonder They Shot the Desk Clerk
The scene where Bruce Willis enters the Nakatomi building, he approaches the desk clerk and says, "Holly McLean?" The clerk tells him to punch it up on the interactive touch screen, which Bruce does, and when a map pops up, Bruce says, "Thirtieth floor?" To which the desk clerk responds something like "Christmas party. They're the only ones left in the building." Okay, so if they're the *only ones* left in the building, why didn't the clerk just say "Thirtieth floor" in the first place?
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asaidi writes:
First: it's McClane (not McLean). Second: the desk clerk probably didn't know who Holly was, so he asked John to look it up on the computer. Third (in response to another comment): people in high rise buildings usually don't clock in and out (especially an executive like Holly), the computer just told John where her office was. It's on the 30th floor (which just happens to be right where the Christmas party was).
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Meriko writes:
Also, it's a necessary story line element, that John would find out that Holly has discontinued use of her married name. They argue about it later on in the private office.
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Dominic writes:
Well, let's see here. Maybe to see if she was still in the building at all? If she wasn't there, there would be no need for him to go all the way upstairs to search the party for her. With a system like that, every one has to punch in when the enter the building and punch out when the leave, regardless of whether they are being paid or not.
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Scolman writes:
The guard didn't know who Holly McLean was, or what floor she was on. When John said "30th floor", all the guard knew that the people on the 30th floor where the only ones left in the building.
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GT-350 guy writes:
You can't just give access to a stranger. She's got a name and he know's it. Even if it is Gennero.
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