Classic Christmas Movie: Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard

Die Hard (1988)


John McTiernan


Bruce Willis

Alan Rickman

Bonnie Bedelia


John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save wife Holly Gennaro and several others, taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.


“You don’t like flying do you?”

“What gave you that idea?”

“Do you want to know the secret to surviving air travel?”

Seriously can you beat that intro? They talk about toes! There’s a giant bear and John McClane smokes in the airport!

The good old days when a NY cop could travel to LA and still keep his gun with him, then light up in the terminal. Memories…

Anyway… It’s one of our Christmas traditions to watch this movie, though we watch it throughout the year as well. Die Hard hits all the notes of a Christmas movie but it doesn’t beat you over the head with the holiday so there’s no issue watching it the rest of the year.

I really love this film. It’s pretty much everything I want in an action movie and it’s a little spice in the sometimes overly sweetness of the Christmas season.


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