Die Hard Christmas debate is over as super-festive official trailer reminds us it’s “The greatest Christmas story ever told”

Is the Bruce Willis film a festive one? Yippee Ki Yes!

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Turkey or goose? Angel or star on the tree? Yorkshire puddings or no Yorkshire puddings? All Christmas debates, but all insignificant ones compared to the ultimate Christmas question: is Die Hard a Christmas film or just a film set at Christmas?


Although the internet has been split over the argument in recent years, 20th Century Fox may have settled the debate with a re-cut and very festive trailer for the Bruce Willis action film, claiming it is “The greatest Christmas story ever told”.

Packed with all the tropes of a classic yuletide trailer, it starts by introducing Willis’ character in voiceover:  “This is John. 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!”

Cue terrorist takedowns, a “Ho. Ho. Ho.” from Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber and text on-screen declaring: “Christmas Movie? Yippee Ki Yes!”

Overall, it’s a pretty compelling argument that Die Hard is a Christmas movie – even if Bruce Willis himself disagrees.

In July 2018, the actor addressed the debate in his Comedy Central roast, claiming: “Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. It’s a god damn Bruce Willis movie!”.


If you’re in the mood to watch Die Hard now, it’s available to stream on NOW TV, or to rent on the Sky Store.

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