Our next film is Die Hard (1988), directed by John McTiernan.

Happy Holidays film club friends! As our final movie for the semester, we’ve decided to do a live Twitter watch party for the 1988 “holiday classic” (argue amongst yourselves) Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman.

For the uninitiated, Die Hard is a classic action film, originally based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. The story follows NYC police detective John McClane (Willis) as he becomes caught up in a terrorist takeover of a skyscraper in Los Angeles.

Die Hard has become the quintessential American action movie while also subverting traditional tropes, tempering action and suspense with fun, humor, and compelling characters. In 2017 Die Hard was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.

We will watch Die Hard collectively on December 8th at 8:00pm EDT and chat on Twitter during the viewing. So how does this work exactly? At 8:00 everyone hits play on the movie and Tweets along using hashtag #SPSWatchParty. Die Hard is available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Peacock, or it can be rented on Apple TV and Google Play. And don’t forget to check out the resources page for extra essays and videos!

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