Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?


Nicolina Bilella, Staff Writer

Die Hard, a popular movie released on July 15, 1988 is a very welly received movie, nonetheless it has sparked an interesting debate, is Die Hard is a Christmas Movie.  With the aggressive themes mixed with Christmas elements, the dispute becomes additionally complex.

A fraction of the population believes the adult themes of violence and according to the movie could exist without the holiday.  

As summarized by Die Hard is a Christmas movie for the reasons of

-The setting is during a holiday party

– Harbors Christmas music, for example the songs “Christmas in Hollis”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Let it Snow”, and “Ode to Joy” appear in the movie and the soundtrack

-The wife of main character, John McClane’s name is Holly

-There are a few forms of gift giving and gifts displayed; police officer Al Powell buys his wife snacks, Harry Ellis bestows Holly a Rolex watch as a company present, and John’s gun is wrapped in a scene near the conclusion

-Exhibits elements of Santa include a Santa hat and a shirt with the phrase, “Now I have machine gun. Ho, ho, ho” worn 

-It snowed at the ending, which is rare for the town of Los Angeles

-A paragraph listed the article written by he Gazette called ”Statistics Don’t Lie” that records a poll from DISH Network resulting in 1.3 million Americans watch Die Hard on Christmas

Statistics Don’t Lie, but recorded dialogue doesn’t either and some websites hold the power to a line spoken by Bruce Willis, the actor behind John McClane, “Die Hard is not a Christmas movie! It’s a god damn Bruce Willis movie!” However screenwriter, Steven E. De Souza, says the contrary on Twitter, “Yes, because the studio rejected the Purim draft #DieHardIsAChristmasMovie.”  With those rebuttals, the it’s up to you the viewer to decide.