Director confirms: ‘Die Hard’ is a Christmas movie (but with an asterisk)

Director confirms: ‘Die Hard’ is a Christmas movie (but with an asterisk)
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[Ed. – John McTiernan says it’s an anti-capitalist Christmas movie.  But since what the movie opposes its moral premises to isn’t capitalism — it’s cronyism, corruption, criminality — he’s basically a guy who knows how to direct a fun flick but couldn’t “capital” his way out of a paper bag.  Capital is what little guys invest to grow something beyond a subsistence job for themselves.  Anyway, Ed M. makes this a fun read.]

Having argued for years that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie, as most Christmas movies don’t usually have that much blood on the screen, I owe everyone a chance to see this rebuttal from director John McTiernan. He didn’t set out to make a Christmas movie, McTiernan explains in this lengthy monologue for the American Film Institute. He set out to make an anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian movie that just became infused with the Christmas spirit, or something.


I went to Joel. And I said, ‘Okay, if you want me to make this terrorist movie, I want to make it where the hero in the first scene when the limo driver apologizes that he’s never been in a limo before,” he said. “The hero says it’s alright. I’ve never ridden in a limo before. Okay, working class hero.”

“And Joel understood what I meant … And there was a joy in it. Because we were, we’ve had changed the content. And that is how ‘Die Hard’ became, we hadn’t intended it to be a Christmas movie, but the joy that came from it is what turned it into a Christmas movie. And that’s really the best I can tell you about it.”

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