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Is Die Hard a Christmas film? New research attempts to put age-old debate to bed

Is it a Christmas classic? (Picture: 20th century Fox)

Is your Christmas dinner table plagued by the same debates every year? Are you looking to settle the family infighting once and for all? Then you are in the right place as new research has attempted to settle the debate on whether or not Die Hard counts as a Christmas movie.

Over the last few decades, people across the world have been debating on this one.

The camp that supports the Bruce Willis movie as a holiday classic argues that the story kicks off from an office Christmas party. There is also lots of Christmas music, discussion of presents and it even snows at the end, which has not happened in Los Angeles since 1962.

Those against this classification believe that Dia Hard cannot count as a Christmas movie because as an action movie, it does not carry the feel-good fuzzy feelings of classics like Love Actually, Home Alone or The Holiday.

But, to celebrate Die Hard launching on Disney+ on December 3, YouGov has conducted a nationwide survey answering this one question that has been burning for over 30 years now.

They interviewed over 2,000 adults from across the UK asking whether the 1988 Oscar-nominated movie is a Christmas movie and to little surprise, people were split.

Die Hard certainly does not look like a Christmas movie (Picture: Twentieth Century Fox)

The debate lives on as only a fraction more people voted that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie (47%) compared to those voting that it is (44%).

However, there was a significant gender split between respondents: 50% of men who have seen Die Hard voting that it is a Christmas movie, compared with just 37% of women who have watched the film.

Citing the Christmas party argument were 72% of those in favour while 37% of responders cited it being an action movie as a reason against.

According to the survey, the Die Hard debate is more prevalent in UK households than whether or not to serve sprouts or whether to watch the Queen’s speech or not. Trumping the movie’s controversy were topics such as what time to open presents, who’s doing the washing up and who is hosting Christmas dinner.

‘Die Hard is a Christmas movie now but it didn’t start out as one,’ explained film critic James King. ‘Back in 1988 when it was released in the summer, I don’t think anyone thought it was a festive film. Sure it had a seasonal setting but it was hardly warm and cuddly.

‘But over time the fans have embraced its Christmas background and reinterpreted it as a yuletide classic. That’s what’s great about brilliant films: they don’t just have to be one thing.’

As part of the survey, fans were also asked what their favourite Die Hard quote is. Half of those who have a favourite quote said ‘Yippee-ki-yay’ came out on top.

The film, starring Bruce Willis and the late Alan Rickman, follows John McClane, an NYPD officer attempting to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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