TT Cinema: Die Hard Screening
December 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm£15
We’re topping off our 2019 screening schedule in explosive fashion, as we stick on the most famous (and controversial) of alternative-Christmas hits – John McTiernan’s 1988 box-office smash, Die Hard.
The film follows NYPD cop John McClane (Bruce Willis), who on Christmas Eve travels Los Angeles for an uneasy reunion with his semi-estranged wife, having failed to support her career move out there.
While at her office building, owned by a Japanese corporation, the whole place is taken over by fanatically armed German extremists. The intruders are led by Hans Gruber (played in memorable fashion by Alan Rickman), a renegade German terrorist with links to Northern Ireland’s “New Provo Front”. At that point, it’s clear what McClane has to do – take out Gruber’s entire hideous crew. One by one.
The film was a resounding box office and critical success, praised for its high-octane thrills, clever scripting, and immense lead performances. Until Die Hard came along, Bruce Willis was merely that wisecracking guy on Moonlighting. After the film’s profits started rolling in, Willis found himself one of the highest-paid and most sought-after leading men in Hollywood.
It also spawned numerous (less successful) sequels, catchphrases by the dozen, and one of the longest-running debates of all time – is Die Hard a Christmas movie or not? Well, we’d like to humbly throw our hat in the ring for a minute. Considering the fact that it’s set at Christmas Eve, its soundtrack is packed with festive hits, there’s cheesy lines aplenty, a salvaged romance, a perfect Christmas villain, and at one point McClane even goes down a chimney (well, an air vent.. but still), we’re very much of the opinion that yes. Yes it is.
But regardless of whether you see Die Hard as a Christmas film or not, it’s an undisputed white-knuckle ride. Why not come in from the cold and warm those cockles as we get stuck into the most controversial Yuletide yarn around. There’ll be complimentary cocktails, and free snacks throughout as TT Cinema tradition dictates.
Tickets are £15 for one, or £20 for a pair when you use the code ‘yippeekiyay’ at checkout.