To celebrate Die Hard launching on Disney+ in the UK on December 3rd, YouGov has conducted a nationwide survey answering the burning question that family and friends debate each festive season, “Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?” Over 2,000 adults (18+) from across the UK took part in the survey.
The 1988 Oscar nominated movie stars Bruce Willis as a New York City police detective John McClane who is caught up in a terrorist takeover of a Los Angeles skyscraper while visiting his estranged wife. For the past 30 years, the movie has caused much debate over whether or not it is a Christmas movie.
The results of this new survey, released this December, demonstrates that the debate continues, with only a fraction more people voting that it is not a Christmas movie (47%) compared to those voting that it is (44%). There is also some disagreement between the sexes with 50% of men who have seen Die Hard voting that it is a Christmas movie, compared with just 37% of women who have watched the film.
The survey found that people around the UK debate over the genre of Die Hard as much as they do about whether or not to serve sprouts or whether to watch the Queen’s speech or not.
Why can’t people agree?
The main reason people believe the movie should be a part of the Christmas catalogue is because the movie is set at a Christmas party (72%).
On the other side of the argument, almost half of those who said Die Hard wasn’t a Christmas movie, voted that just because it is set at Christmas doesn’t mean it counts as a Christmas film. 37% of those who voted said the reason they didn’t believe it was a Christmas movie is because it is an action genre.
James King, film critic said: “Die Hard is a Christmas movie now but it didn’t start out as one. Back in 1988 when it was released in the summer, I don’t think anyone thought it was a festive film. Sure it had a seasonal setting but it was hardly warm and cuddly.”
He added, “But over time the fans have embraced its Christmas background and reinterpreted it as a yuletide classic. That’s what’s great about brilliant films: they don’t just have to be one thing”.
As part of the survey, fans were also asked what their favourite Die Hard quote is. Half of those who have a favourite quote said “Yippee-ki-yay” came out on top for them (50%).
The biggest Christmas debates
Christmas raises some big questions every year. According to the survey, people debate over whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie as much as they do about having sprouts or not on Christmas day, or whether to watch the Queen’s speech.
Top Ten debates that people have at Christmas (ranked):
What time to open presents (30%)
What movies to watch (28%)
Who’s doing the washing up (23%)
Who is hosting Christmas dinner/ lunch (19%)
What time to eat the turkey (16%)
= Whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie or not (12%)
= Sprouts or no sprouts? (12%)
= Whether to watch the Queen’s speech or not (12%)
Getting glammed up vs wearing pyjamas all day (9%)
What time the in-laws are coming (7%)
Whether or not you think Die Hard is a Christmas movie, it’s undeniably one of the classics, and just in time for the festive season, all of the iconic franchise is now available to stream on Disney+.
Disney+ is the streaming home of festive entertainment this year. From family favourites like The Muppet Christmas Carol and Home Alone to unconventional classics like Die Hard, plus blockbusters like Ron’s Gone Wrong and The Last Duel, there is truly something for everyone on Disney+ this winter.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.