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The British public have voted on whether ‘Die Hard’ is a Christmas film

We finally have the answer

The British public have voted on whether ‘Die Hard’ is a Christmas film
11 December 2017

Since the dawn of time (well, since 1988 at least), one question has plagued mankind more than any other.

It’s more divisive than Brexit, it’s more controversial than the last US election. Put simply, it’s the big one, the one where everyone will come down on one side or the other, and stick to their guns forever.

That’s right, it’s the question of whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

The late, great Alan Rickman

The case for it being counted is fairly self-explanatory.

It is set on Christmas Eve.

It’s regularly shown on TV around Christmas time.

It includes the line “Now I have a machine gun, ho-ho-ho”.

However, it’s clear that the British public disagree, and – like with Brexit – there’s a generational split.

According to a new poll from YouGov, some 52% of Brits don’t consider it a Christmas film, while 30% believe it is, and the remaining 18% don’t know.

However, as far as 25-34-year-olds are concerned, it does count. Some 44% of people polled in that age group argued Die Hard absolutely is a Christmas film, compared to 37% voting the opposite way.

Perhaps it’s down to many of those in that demographic being children when Die Hard first came out, and having a different perspective on the Bruce Willis action movie.

It’s good to reach a consensus. Surely that will be the end of all the debate about Die Hard’s status as a Christmas film.


Glad we could all come to an agreement.

(Images: 20th Century Fox/Rex Features)