Die Hard Is Officially A Christmas Film After Trailer Re-Cut By 20th Century Fox



It's Christmas time, which means one thing - people are arguing about whether Die Hard is a Christmas film. But there's no doubt about it, according to 20th Century Fox.

The original movie came out way back in 1988, but in light of the annual debates about whether it is a Christmas film, the studio behind it decided to put the argument to bed with a revamped trailer.
Credit: 20th Century Fox
In the rejigged trailer, we hear the voice-over describing John McClane's (Bruce Willis) predicament: "He just wants to spend Christmas with the family.

"But when he gets stuck at the office party, it'll be a holiday he'll never forget."

But the most crystal clear message of all comes when the voice over declares: "This Christmas get ready to jingle some bells, and deck the halls with boughs of Holly.

"Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman - together in the greatest Christmas story ever told."

Well that's that, then.

Although John McTiernan's iconic action-thriller has featured on countless fans' lists of favourite Christmas movies for years, it's status as a festive flick has always been debated.

The main argument against its classification contends that it is essentially an action film - featuring plenty of guns, explosions and quippy one-liners - which takes place at Christmas, and doesn't require the necessary cuddliness to be a Christmas film.

But the film is chock-a-block with Christmas references, which is surely enough to class it as a Christmas film, no?
Christmas classic? Credit: 20th Century Fox
I suppose the lack of clarity on what credentials are required to class a movie as a 'Christmas film' is the whole reason why the debate has raged on all these years.

Willis himself ruled against it as a Christmas film during his Comedy Central roast in 2018.

The 66-year-old quipped: "Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. It’s a god damn Bruce Willis movie."

On the contrary, the film's co-writer offered a rather more sophisticated argument for why it is a Christmas film.

Speaking to Digital Spy last year, Steven E de Souza said: "Some people say to me Die Hard can't be a Christmas movie because you kill people… and I say was Ellis killed? Yes.

"We don't see Ellis killed, he's off-camera, does that still count? Do off-camera deaths count? Yes.

"Well, if we're counting Ellis... now that you, my sceptic about Die Hard being a Christmas movie, admit that off-camera deaths count, the body count in White Christmas is 26,128 people in the Battle of the Bulge, the opening scene in the movie."

Happy then? Die Hard is a Christmas movie, now let's all move on with our lives.





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