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.