Every year without fail, the same old argument rears up about whether Die Hard is, or isn’t, a Christmas film.

It takes place at Christmas, but fans are divided with some insisting it’s just a good old fashioned action movie. Others insist it absolutely counts and is up there with the likes of Elf and It’s A Wonderful Life. 

Now the director of the film himself has given his answer, once and for all. It IS a Christmas film!

John McTiernan revealed his answer during a 12-minute-long video that was shared by the American Film Institute.

The director explains: “We hadn’t intended it to be a Christmas movie, but the joy that came from it is what turned it into a Christmas movie,”

“My hope at Christmas this year is that you will all remember that authoritarians are low-status, angry men who have gone to rich people and said, ‘If you give us power, we will make sure nobody takes your stuff.’” he adds.

 “And their obsessions with guns and boots and uniforms and squad cars and all that stuff. And all those things you amass with power meant to scare us, meant to shut us up so we don’t kick them to the side of the road and decent people of the world get on with building a future.”

Bruce Willis made his feelings very clear back in 2018:  “Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. It’s a god damn Bruce Willis movie!”

Sorry Bruce, your director disagrees and we think he gets the final say.

McTiernan also mentions that he drew inspiration for the film from the moment in It’s a Wonderful Life when Bedford Falls becomes Pottersville.

Maybe we can put this argument to bed once and for all, but something tells us it will continue for years to come, sorry.

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