Die Hard stars Bruce Willis as New York cop John McClane, an irreverent badass who is invited to Los Angeles by his estranged wife to “come out to the coast. We’ll get together, have a few laughs.” East German terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) raid his wife’s company Christmas party to steal $640 million in bearer bonds that are stored in the corporation’s building. McClane becomes the fly in the ointment to their plans and the rest is holiday movie history.There is Christmas music, people coming together, a holiday party, snow, and a Santa Claus reference. These are defining characteristics of any Christmas movie and clearly put the 1988 action flick into the holiday movie category.
|Bruce Willis in Die Hard|
Die Hard could have been a normal Christmas movie had terrorism not entered into the plot. A man facing adversity while traveling to reunite with his wife and children is a classic holiday movie plot. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, and The Santa Clause include similar stories and all are considered holiday films. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation also features a profane father, S.W.A.T. teams, and a hostage situation and few have ever mounted a serious campaign against that film being categorized as a Christmas movie. The premise of The Santa Clause is also a divorced father trying to spend time with his child. It would be hard to find a movement that does not believe that the comedy is not a Christmas film.
Heck, even the triple strength martinis consumed by Mrs. Shellhammer in Miracle On 34th Street are not a holiday cocktail and that is one of the great Christmas movies ever.
Do not let the terrorists and naysayers win. Enjoy fun. Die Hard is a Christmas movie.