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Die Hard Is Returning to Theaters Just in Time for Christmas

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Originally released in 1988, Die Hard is a bloody action movie that happens to be set on Christmas. Every year, fans debate over whether they consider the film to be a genuine Christmas movie, or just a film that happens to be set on Christmas, with some arguing that there's a big difference between the two. In any case, per AMC, it's been announced that Die Hard is coming back to theaters for this year's Christmas season, set to hit the big screen for a limited time starting on Dec. 8, 2023.

The debate has waged on for many years. Last year, the city of San Diego declared Die Hard to be the "greatest Christmas movie of all time" in a social media post. Die Hard's very own Bruce Willis mentioned the debate in his Comedy Central roast in 2018, joking, "Die Hardisn't a Christmas movie, it's a g*ddamn Bruce Willis movie!" As this was said as a joke, it's hard to gauge Willis' true opinion, but the actor's mother, Marlene, has said she's adamant that the film is not a Christmas movie.

Die Hard's Director Says It's Up to Fans to Decide

"If the audience decides they want to make it a Christmas movie, it’s a Christmas movie," Die Hard director John McTiernan also said of the debate last year on the Empire Film podcast. "It turns out that way. It wasn’t intended as a Christmas movie, although the fact that it was deliberately built around Christmas – but not intended to be a Christmas movie. But the fact that it was a Christmas movie had a lot to do with... it’s politically pretty strident. And the only reason that survived was that the people in the studio who would have stopped that were deceived, because they thought it was just an action movie about a Christmas party that goes wrong."

Die Hard starred Bruce Willis as John McClane, a New York detective who gets caught up in a terrorist takeover of a Los Angeles skyscraper on Christmas Eve. The film also starred Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia, and Reginald VelJohnson. Based on Roderick Thorp's novel Nothing Lasts Forever, the film was written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza. John McTiernan directed.

Advance tickets for Die Hard's return to theaters can be picked up at AMC's website. To check out the classic film at home, it's currently streaming for free on Tubi, and it's also available to watch on Hulu.

Source: AMC

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