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Old 12-02-2013, 09:48 AM
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Is "Die Hard" a Christmas Movie?

Yes or No? Discuss.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:52 AM
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The working premise is the attack on the building is during a Christmas party and that John is heading out to meet his wife at that time of year. Otherwise, it has nothing to do with Christmas, so my answer is 'no'.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:02 AM
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It's my Dad's favourite Christmas movie. He watches it every year.

It has nothing to do with Christmas, but I watch The Hunt for Red October every year while I wrap presents.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:15 AM
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Does it speak of Santa? no
Does it speak of Jesus? no
Does it speak of family gathered together? not really
Does it speak of any significance of the day itself? not really

So, no.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:25 AM
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It's not only a Christmas movie, it's one of the GREATEST Christmas movies ever.

"Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho!"

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Old 12-02-2013, 10:29 AM
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Does it speak of Santa? no
Does it speak of Jesus? no
Does it speak of family gathered together? not really
Does it speak of any significance of the day itself? not really

So, no.
I believe "Jesus" and possibly "Christ" are heard in the dialogue.

Anyway, it's a Christmas movie in the same way that The Great Escape is.

What's the classic Christmas movie that really has nothing to do with Christmas, yet is still considered one? Oh great, my brain will hurt for hours due to this!
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:30 AM
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Abso-frickin-lutely
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:31 AM
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It is most certainly a Christmas movie, although they could have done a little better job tying that in. No, it isn't about Christmas like most in the category, but that makes it even better as an antidote to the seasonal smaltz.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:32 AM
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What's the classic Christmas movie that really has nothing to do with Christmas, yet is still considered one?
The Sound of Music?

It's a movie that (a) takes place at Christmas and (b) is often played at Christmas. That makes it a Christmas movie, even if it's not a Christmas-y movie.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:34 AM
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christmas party

happy ending

is a christmas movie.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:36 AM
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It's not only a Christmas movie, it's one of the GREATEST Christmas movies ever.

"Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho!"
Yippee-ki-yay, mother fucker it is. It's got Christmas music, a big old Christmas party, presents, and explosions, what more could a guy ask for?
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:38 AM
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Very much so. One of the wife's favorites. (Mine too.) (The second one is a Christmas movie too.)
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:42 AM
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Of course it's a Christmas movie. It's just a lot of it is metaphorical.

Hans Gruber is the greedy kid who has been naughty rather than nice, John McClain is Santa Claus, dropping presents of high explosives down the chimney, and the cop and limo driver are his elves. Obvious, really.

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Old 12-02-2013, 10:55 AM
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Like a good action sequence don't belong in Christmas?/Crow

Of course it's a Christmas movie.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:56 AM
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Of course it's a Christmas movie. It's just a lot of it is metaphorical.

Hans Gruber is the greedy kid who has been naughty rather than nice, John McClain is Santa Claus, dropping presents of high explosives down the chimney, and the cop and limo driver are his elves. Obvious, really.
Wait, wait, wait, so who are the FBI agents?!?

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It has nothing to do with Christmas, but I watch The Hunt for Red October every year while I wrap presents.
How did that tradition start? It actually sounds kind of relaxing.

As for the thread I was originally going to say 'no' but now I'm going to say 'yes', in the same way that Gremlins is a Christmas movie.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:01 AM
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Wait, wait, wait, so who are the FBI agents?!?
The secular left, who's always trying to destroy Christmas.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:02 AM
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The Sound of Music?

It's a movie that (a) takes place at Christmas and (b) is often played at Christmas. That makes it a Christmas movie, even if it's not a Christmas-y movie.
That sounds correct!
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:10 AM
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The secular left, who's always trying to destroy Christmas.
I see, its all so clear now!
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:11 AM
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It's not just a Christmas movie, it's my wife's favorite Christmas movie.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:17 AM
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Silly you. Of course it is a Christmas movie as well as Die Hard 2, Lethal Weapon 1, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:21 AM
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Yippie-ki-yay, baby Jesus.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:26 AM
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Clearly it's not a Christmas movie in the way The Santa Clause or Miracle on 34th Street are Christmas movies, but it's a Christmas movie in that people have fond memories of watching it around Christmas and have Christmas traditions that include watching it.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:26 PM
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is Jingle All The Way a Christmas movie?

-there's no talk about Jesus
- there's no big family gathering
- there's no talk of the significance of the day itself (in fact the movie never even progresses to Dec. 25)

I say, no
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:49 PM
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Of course it's a Christmas movie. It takes place during Christmastime. It has many references to Christmas, including holiday music.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:53 PM
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Going out on a limb but is "It's a Wonderful Life" a Christmas movie? Christmas just happens to be the day that he jumps off the bridge.
The rest of the movie had nothing to do with Xmas and in fact if anything it's only vaguely spiritual.

Favorite Christmas movie is "the Ref".
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:54 PM
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If Diehard is a Christmas movie, then so is Eyes Wide Shut.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:18 PM
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One determined man stands alone against crass materialism to aid the people he cares about?

Yeah, it's a Christmas movie.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:26 PM
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"What'd he say? Something about a double cross?"
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:43 PM
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There are only two Christmas movies I can tolerate: Die Hard and The Ref.

Obviously, I don't watch either while there are kids around.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:58 PM
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If Diehard is a Christmas movie, then so is Eyes Wide Shut.
I saw Mommy boffing Santa Claus! And the entire city of New York!
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:02 PM
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There are only two Christmas movies I can tolerate: Die Hard and The Ref.

Obviously, I don't watch either while there are kids around.
It's a shame that you deprive them of a classical education
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:24 PM
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Don't forget that our hero saves the day because he's got a weapon taped to his back with (presumably) Scotch tape from the present wrapping. So it's like he's a gift. He's not John McClane, he's John Misfit Toy!
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:07 PM
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It even has a Christmas Miracle! The fat cop is able to shoot people again!
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:15 PM
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Of course it is! It's text book Christmas movie material:

Coming home for Christmas
Family conflict
Tragedy that allows conflicter to become hero
Reunited family
Christmas miracle (See Zebra's post)
Everything is OK

Sprinkled with humor.

It's one of my all time favorite movies.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:21 PM
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I really thought it was only our family that included Die Hard in our rotation of Christmas movies. We also include Long Kiss Goodnight and Gremlins.

The few times we may sing Christmas caroles, when we get to "Let it snow" the only lyrics we use are:

Oh the weather outside is frightful
dum, da dum, delightful
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:22 PM
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Going out on a limb but is "It's a Wonderful Life" a Christmas movie? Christmas just happens to be the day that he jumps off the bridge.
The rest of the movie had nothing to do with Xmas and in fact if anything it's only vaguely spiritual.
+1, except for the "only vaguely spiritual" part.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:28 PM
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I've watched Die Hard on Christmas Eve annually for 20 years.

It's one of a handful of "favourite" movies for me.

I obviously vote Yes on this poll, and have made this very contention, to friendly ridicule, for many years.

"Come on, Theo, it's Christmas. It's the time for miracles."

Damn, I love this movie.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:34 PM
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I didn't even remember that it took place at Christmas time. So, no.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:35 PM
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Yes, it is a Christmas movie. And should be watched every Christmas eve as part of a double feature with Lethal Weapon.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:36 PM
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Silly you. Of course it is a Christmas movie as well as Die Hard 2, Lethal Weapon 1, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang.
Not too long ago, I watched Lethal Weapon again for the first time since its original release. It has a few actors in common with Die Hard, and I think a couple of the more-important production people, also.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:54 PM
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Clearly it's not a Christmas movie in the way The Santa Clause or Miracle on 34th Street are Christmas movies, but it's a Christmas movie in that people have fond memories of watching it around Christmas and have Christmas traditions that include watching it.
Exactly. We need to define Christmas Movie I guess. For example the movie Holiday Inn (with Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby) is technically not a Christmas Movie other than singing "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" one time. But it is a Christmas movie, just like "Die Hard" is because it takes place during Christmas Season; When I think about it, I also think of Christmas; so I think it IS a Christmas Movie and I voted that it wasn't; until I thought about it for a while.

So my definition of a Christmas movie is simply: "Does that movie evoke thought of Christmas to me?" Yes. Yes it does.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:57 PM
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It's not only a Christmas movie, it's one of the GREATEST Christmas movies ever.

"Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho!"
Concur with jingle bells on.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:58 PM
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It's a movie that (a) takes place at Christmas and (b) is often played at Christmas. That makes it a Christmas movie, even if it's not a Christmas-y movie.
Quite so.
And as other posters have said "The Great Escape" is also a 'Xmas movie'.
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:06 PM
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Concur with jingle bells on.

that's another good question

is "Jingle Bells" a Christmas song?
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:20 PM
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"Come on, Theo, it's Christmas. It's the time for miracles."

Damn, I love this movie.
I'm sorry to nitpick, but as this is my favorite movie, and one of my favorite lines, I must correct you.

"It's Christmas, Theo. It's the time of miracles. So be of good cheer...and call me when you hit the last lock."
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:21 PM
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that's another good question

is "Jingle Bells" a Christmas song?
IMO, Jingle Bells is a winter song. Not a Christmas song.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:58 PM
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I'm sorry to nitpick, but as this is my favorite movie, and one of my favorite lines, I must correct you.

"It's Christmas, Theo. It's the time of miracles. So be of good cheer...and call me when you hit the last lock."
In my defense, I'm usually fairly nogged-up on Christmas Eve.

Plus it's been almost a year since I watched it.

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Old 12-02-2013, 07:10 PM
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No, it's not a Christmas movie.

It's the Christmas movie.

(You want proof? Tell me I can only watch one Christmas movie this year.)
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:39 PM
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It's part of my Christmas playlist

It's a Wonderful Life
A Christmas Carol
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation *
Die Hard
Die Hard 2


The only time I ever heard my grandma belly laugh was during this movie. Before that, I didn't think she was capable
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:49 PM
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Does it speak of Santa? no
"Now I have a machine gun... Ho ho ho"


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Does it speak of Jesus? no
"Jesus Christ, Powell, he could be a fucking bartender for all we know!"

"Jesus Christ, Ellis these people are gonna kill you! Tell them, you don't know me!"


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Does it speak of family gathered together? not really
"Come out to the coast...we'll get together...have a few laughs..."



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Does it speak of any significance of the day itself? not really

So, no.
"It's Christmas, Theo. It's the time of miracles. So be of good cheer... and call me when you hit the last lock."






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Silly you. Of course it is a Christmas movie as well as Die Hard 2, Lethal Weapon 1, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang.
Don't forget Trading Places

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