Is ‘Die Hard’ a Christmas movie? The three-decade-long debate goes on

The Die Hard Christmas movie debate continues to rage over three a long time after the film’s launch.

It has lengthy been argued that the 1988 flick – that’s set on Christmas Eve and stars Bruce Willis as NYPD detective John McClane – is a festive flick and a new survey reveals that Brits are nonetheless divided over the problem.

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The findings from YouGov and Disney+ found that 47 per cent of people that have seen Die Hard say it’s not a Christmas movie whereas 44 per cent insists that it’s a Yuletide film.

The survey additionally revealed that the Die Hard debate is among the most contentious Christmas points in Britain as individuals argue about it as a lot as they do about having Brussels sprouts with their Christmas dinner or whether or not they need to watch the Queen’s speech.

There can also be a gender divide on the problem as half of males (50%) assume Die Hard is a Christmas movie in comparison with simply over a third of girls (37%) who’ve seen the film.


Film critic James King mentioned:

Die Hard is a Christmas movie now but it didn’t start out as one. Back in 1988 when it was released in the summer, I don’t think anyone thought it was a festive film. Sure it had a seasonal setting but it was hardly warm and cuddly.”

“But over time the fans have embraced its Christmas background and reinterpreted it as a Yuletide classic. That’s what’s great about brilliant films: they don’t just have to be one thing.”


The film’s author Steven E de Souza has at all times been adamant that Die Hard is a “Christmas Movie” and has messaged his followers on Twitter to state his opinion.

Viewers can resolve for themselves as the whole Die Hard franchise is accessible to look at completely on Disney+ from Friday, 3 December.

Disney+ is the streaming dwelling of festive leisure this year. From household favourites like The Muppet Christmas Carol and Home Alone to unconventional classics like Die Hard, plus blockbusters like Ron’s Gone Wrong and The Last Duel, there may be really one thing for everybody on Disney+ this winter.

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