It’s become an annual debate among film lovers every holiday season: Is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie?
Now Steven E. de Souza, co-screenwriter with Jeb Stuart of the 1988 Bruce Willis hit, has weighed in and offered solid evidence that it is.
Responding to a question tweeted out by CNN’s Jake Tapper, de Souza declared that “Die Hard” is, in fact, a Christmas movie due to its holiday-party setting — and then joked that the studio had turned down an earlier draft celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim.
Yes, because the studio rejected the Purim draft #DieHardIsAChristmasMovie
— Steven E. de Souza (@StevenEdeSouza) December 24, 2017
On Monday, de Souza drove the point home and even made a handy chart comparing the R-rated action movie to another holiday classic, the 1954 Bing Crosby-Danny Kaye musical “White Christmas.”
He tweeted, “For anyone unconvinced #DieHardIsAChristmasMovie, here is a handy chart.”
— Steven E. de Souza (@StevenEdeSouza) December 27, 2017
With the argument finally settled, the question now is where does “Die Hard” rank all-time among Christmas movies?