‘Die Hard’ screenwriter says it is a Christmas movie

The age-old debate is finally settled

The screenwriter of Die Hard has confirmed the movie is a Christmas movie.

Fans have long debated whether the classic Bruce Willis film counts as a festive movie, with some  arguing just because it takes place at Christmas doesn’t automatically qualify it as a Christmas movie.

Steven E. de Souza has weighed into the debate on Twitter, giving their take on the age-old question. Responding to a fan who had listed its festive components and asked “how could it not be a Christmas movie?”, de Souza added: “Plus a woman about to give birth features prominently.”


Another fan said they’d never seen his or fellow screenwriter Jeb Stuart’s takes on Die Hard‘s Christmas rankings, to which de Souza replied: “Yes, because the studio rejected the Purim draft”. He added the hashtag #DieHardIsAChristmasMovie to his post.

Meanwhile, earlier this month (December 4), a YouGov poll revealed the majority of people surveyed didn’t think a film that isn’t explicitly about Christmas can be a Christmas film.

Only 31% of those polled said that they considered a film that takes place at Christmas time – but is not actually about Christmas – a Christmas movie.

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