Die Hard: IS it a Christmas movie?

Um, yeah. It is.

Here we are again. Inevitably, as Christmas approaches each year, we can all tend to judge people for their Black Friday forays, listening to Christmas music way too early (like pre-Thanksgiving, the horror!), and their epic choices of Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

Yet nothing holds a menorah candle to the eternal debate – nay, the diatribes – about one specific movie and whether or not it is, in fact, a Christmas movie. That movie, dear friends, is DIE HARD.

Die Hard IS a Christmas movie.

Let it be known that the UnpauseIt crew is firmly in the camp that Die Hard is unquestionably a film for the Christmas season. In fact, we’re in full eye-roll mode that we even have to bring this most epic and thoroughly naysayer-quashing post into the fray to prove the point. During last year’s annual viewing of Die Hard, we captured pictures and video of the movie as it rolled, and they’re about to rain on you like $640 million in negotiable bearer bonds.

Let’s do it.

Exhibit 1. We literally wish you a Merry Christmas.

Takagi’s speech to the staff includes a special holiday wish. HINT: the word “Christmas” is used.

Exhibit 2. Rudolph? Frosty? Any of this ringing a bell?

Holly not only uses Christmas references to refute the highly inappropriate advances from Ellis, but she also hints around to her daughter that Santa might help out with making sure Daddy is around for the holiday.

Exhibit 3. This IS Christmas music.

Argyle and John are enjoying (respectively) the Christmas music blaring from the limo speakers as they make their way to Nakatomi Plaza.

Exhibit 4. “Now I have a…” and you’re quoting it right along with us, aren’t you?

John’s first introduction to Hans’ heist team is his gift of the first dead terrorist, complete with a Santa hat and a merry message on his nondescript grey sweatshirt.

Exhibit 5. To hell with this… Merry Christmas to you.

Sergeant Powell may be fed up with this possible prank call, but he still exits the building with a friendly Christmas wish from a front desk terrorist.

Exhibit 6. Let it snow, dead bodies accepted.

Sergeant Powell demonstrates a lovely singing voice as he vamps his way through Let It Snow – an acknowledged Christmas song – just before a really heavy snowflake lands on his windshield.

Exhibit 7. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Like, Literally)

Theo is the eyes of the terrorists as he prepares them for the assault from the LAPD, and his general mood of levity leads him to recite the poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” minutes before they blast the police RV to bits.

Exhibit 8. It’s Christmas, Theo.

OK, if you don’t believe us, maybe you’ll believe Alan Rickman (RIP) when his Hans Gruber reminds Theo (and us) that Christmas (which it is) is the time of miracles.

Exhibit 9. A Christmas party. Who knew?

Let’s back up and remind ourselves why John McClane is even at Nakatomi Plaza on an evening when it has been taken over by terrorists… oh WAIT. He was invited to a Christmas party.

Exhibit 10. Lights out on Christmas Eve? Shut it down NOW.

As Johnson & Johnson (no relation) argue with the city employees to get the power to Nakatomi shut off, Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson makes the astute observation that such a move may not be advised on Christmas Eve.

Exhibit 11. Merry Christmas – you’re rich!

It’s the moment that Hans has been waiting for as the 7th lock on the Nakatomi vault goes and it opens its doors to reveal the treasures within. The light is shining, the breeze (allegedly from within the vault) is blowing, and “Joyful, Joyful” is playing majestically… and finally Theo smiles and says, “Merry Christmas!”

Exhibit 12. Argyle’s last line.

If there was any doubt as to when this all went down, Argyle seals the deal with the final line of the film… complete with the sound of Let It Snow as the McClanes are driven away from the mayhem of the evening.

And… the internet gives us our final exhibit and proof positive that Die Hard is a Christmas movie:

Exhibit 13. A Christmas meme.

No words needed. But you can google “Hans Gruber meme” and it’ll pop right up.

Why do people say Die Hard ISN’T a Christmas movie?

Right? After such a wealth of proof that Die Hard is centered around Christmas Eve, and with all of the Christmas themes it contains, how are people honestly arguing that it is not a Christmas movie?

July 20, 1988

The parents of UnpauseIt are old enough to remember seeing Die Hard in the theaters when it was first released… in July 1988. While we get that summer isn’t the time of snowflakes and sleigh bells, the release date is not a strong enough factor to refute the rest of our evidence that Die Hard belongs in your Christmas plans.

Lights, Camera, and OMG Action!

Perhaps another aspect of Die Hard – its foothold as one of the best action movies ever – removes it from the standard Hallmark / Lifetime / Love Actually style of films that most people take to for the holidays. Which, OK then, but perhaps not everyone celebrates Christmas with butter filters, Hallmark movies, and 24/7 holiday music on Spotify. Perhaps some of us just really need a smart ass New York cop to tell an impeccably-dressed exceptional thief, “Yippee-kye-yay, m$%^”& f@#&%!”

And, of course, this:

MEME It isn't Christmas until Hans Gruber falls from Nakatomi Plaza

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