‘Die Hard’ Screenwriter Settles Christmas Debate Once And For All

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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The question about whether or not “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie has become almost a tradition on social media during the holidays.

And now Steven E. de Souza, the screenwriter of the action packed thriller featuring Bruce Willis, has weighed in on the debate and made it clear it absolutely is a Christmas movie, according to a report Tuesday by the Hollywood Reporter. (RELATED: Bruce Willis’ New Film ‘Death Wish’ Is Going To Have A Massive Body Count)


“DH [Die Hard] is about love, devotion, sacrifice, generosity, and resisting evil– how could it not be a Christmas movie?” one fan on Twitter tweeted de Souza on Christmas Eve.

The screenwriter tweeted back, “Plus a woman about to give birth features prominently.”

The day before, CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeted de Souza to get his thoughts on the ongoing Christmas movie debate, and the screenwriter responded back with a joke about Fox rejecting “the Purim draft” while using the hashtag “Die Hard Is A Christmas Movie.” The Purim comment was a reference to a Jewish holiday.

“Die Hard” was released in theaters in July 1988, but the plot takes place on Christmas Eve, when Willis, a New York police officer, comes home for the holidays and finds himself in a one-on-one battle with a group of terrorists who had hijacked his wife’s company Christmas party in a sky-rise building in Los Angeles.