Is Die Hard a Christmas movie, or merely a violent action movie set at Christmas?
I contend that it is not, and anybody who thinks otherwise is a gold-plated IDIOT, but – even-handed person that I am – I’m prepared to listen to the evidence to the contrary.
So, let us unravel the truth.
TEN ELEVEN TWELVE REASONS WHY DIE HARD IS A CHRISTMAS MOVIE
- Bruce Willis is in a lot of danger in the film – replace the D with an M and you get MANGER, which is where Mary laid the Baby Jesus, this being what Christmas is all about.
- A key sequence in the film is on the roof of Nakatomi Plaza. Where does Santa Claus land his sleigh at Christmas? ON THE ROOF.
- Villain Hans Gruber is from Germany, where Christmas was invented.
- In Die Hard, Bruce Willis’s estranged wife is called HOLLY, which is traditionally associated with Christmas.
- According to IMDB, Carol Land is credited as being the assistant to director John McTiernan. At Christmas time, people gather together to sing CAROLS.
- Die Hard features people who are naughty, and people who are nice, JUST LIKE SANTA’S LIST
- In Die Hard, Bruce Willis says the phrase “Yippie-Ki-Yay Motherf—er”, which are the names of two of the Three Kings who visited the Baby Jesus at Christmas. The third was called ….Hans Gruber!
- In the film, nobody believes that Nakatomi Plaza is under attack by the bad guys – just like Christmas is under attack from POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE MAD.
- The film Die Hard is set in present-day Los Angeles. At Christmas, we traditionally give friends and family PRESENTS. Coincidence? Maybe not.
- Villain Alan Rickman also played Alexander Dane in the film Galaxy Quest, where he delivered the memorable line “By Grabthar’s hammer… what a savings”. At Christmas time, people look forward to the sales on Boxing Day, where they hope to make substantial savings.
- After finding himself short of one present on Christmas Eve, where a good little boy had asked for a replica weapon as a toy, Santa managed to get hold of one at the last minute and exclaimed “Ho-Ho-Ho now I have a machine gun”. A lesson for us all about the human spirit.
- The film Die Hard mentions the name “Jesus” or “Jesus Christ” twelve times in its script. The Christmas holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus.
REASONS WHY DIE HARD IS NOT A CHRISTMAS MOVIE
- It just isn’t. QED.