A Die Hard Christmas – TFB Holiday Buying Guide

    A Die Hard Christmas - TFB Holiday Buying Guide

    A Die Hard Christmas - TFB Holiday Buying Guide

    For the last three years, I have put together a 12 Days Of Christmas series here at TFB that serves as our unofficial ‘letter to Santa’ for gun gifts. The staff’s significant others can take a peek into our world and order up firearm-related gifts that we actually want. This year we have an important Christmas business to attend to so I’m wrapping our gift ideas up alongside a Die Hard Christmas movie argument that will settle the debate once and for all. Theoretically.

    A Die Hard Christmas – TFB Holiday Buying Guide

    If you by any chance live in a cave or under a brutal dictatorship regime, there’s a chance that the Die Hard Christmas movie debate has missed you entirely. Let me help you out. There are two types of people in this world: those that believe that Die Hard is an action movie that happens to take place at Christmas and those of us that believe that Die Hard is an official Christmas movie that belongs among the ranks of Christmas Vacation, Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life and other holiday classics. I offer you evidence and what I believe is proof beyond a reasonable doubt, that Die Hard is absolutely a Christmas Movie.

    I don’t care that it was originally a Summer Blockbuster Release nor do I care what Bruce Willis proclaims – Die Hard is a Christmas movie, especially for firearm aficionados.

    I. Die Hard Christmas – Nakatomi Corporation’s Christmas Party

    Die Hard Christmas

    Die Hard (1988) – Twentieth Century Fox

    That fateful night, the Nakatomi Corporation was indeed celebrating the closure of a large financial deal. However, the gathering was primarily a Christmas Eve party, leaving the rest of the building vacant. Grüber and his team planned every detail of their heist around this one event. Not the Fourth of July, not Valentine’s Day, not the Chinese New Year – Christmas.

    II. Die Hard Christmas – John McClane travels from New York to Los Angeles to see his family for Christmas

    Die Hard Christmas

    Die Hard (1988) – Twentieth Century Fox

    Without the Christmas holiday, John McClane would not be making a trip “out to the coast”. His kids were being put to bed by their nanny, while he was transported to Nakatomi to see his wife before deciding whether or not to spend Christmas Eve with his family at their house.

    III. Die Hard Christmas – Hans Gruber and crew specifically picked Christmas Eve for the Bearer Bond heist.

    Die Hard Christmas

    Die Hard (1988) – Twentieth Century Fox

    “Lose the grid or lose your job” was the order from Special Agent Johnson (no, the other one), FBI to the city electrical worker. The scenario called for cutting the power to Nakatomi Plaza and waiting the terrorists out. Grüber knew this would be the FBI’s plan and took advantage of the Christmas holiday schedule to further complicate the situation while they made their escape.

    IV. Die Hard Christmas – The Soundtrack

    Die Hard Christmas

    Die Hard (1988) – Twentieth Century Fox

    A movie is made or broken with its soundtrack. The music steers the audience deeper into scenes that may otherwise be insignificant. Die Hard’s soundtrack has a resoundingly Christmas theme and the movie would not have been the same without the below holiday songs.

    Die Hard Soundtrack – IMDB

    Singin’ in the Rain
    Written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown

    Winter Wonderland

    Written by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (as Dick Smith)

    Christmas in Hollis
    Written by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jam Master Jay
    Performed by Run-D.M.C.
    Courtesy of Profile Records, Inc.
    Contains a sample of “Back Door Santa”
    Written by Clarence Carter and Marcus Daniel

    Written and Performed by Stevie Wonder
    Courtesy of Motown Record Corp.

    Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
    Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
    Performed by Vaughn Monroe
    Courtesy of MCA Records

    Ode to Joy
    from “Symphony No.9 in D- ‘Choral’, Op.125”
    Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven

    Jingle Bells
    Written by James Pierpont
    Whistled by Bruce Willis

    Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 In G Major, (Allegro Moderato)
    Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach

    We’ve Got Each Other
    from Man on Fire (1987) 1987
    Music Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by John Scott

    Resolution & Hyperspace
    from Aliens (1986)
    Composed by James Horner

    Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
    Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
    Hummed by Reginald VelJohnson

    V. Die Hard Christmas – Now I have a machinegun. Ho. Ho. Ho. (insert German guttural accent).

    Die Hard Christmas

    Die Hard (1988) – Twentieth Century Fox

    One of the most pivotal parts of the movie is when McClane uses Karl’s dead brother’s body as a lure to distract Grüber’s team from their mission. Can you imagine if McClane had written “Now I Have A Machine Gun, Happy Labor Day! on that sweatshirt? Please.



    Die Hard Christmas – Conclusion:

    Die Hard has been, is and always will be a Christmas movie. Grab a drink, stoke the fire and enjoy this masterpiece that has defined us all.

    Have a wonderful holiday season everyone. Thanks for reading TFB.

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