Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Die Hard” (30th Anniversary) (Giveaway runs through October 27)

Win tickets to see “Die Hard” on the big screen!
In Select Cinemas Nationwide Sun Nov 11 and Wed Nov 14!

“I promise I will never even *think* about going up in a tall building again.”

CMH continues into our 3rd year of our partnership with Fathom Events – with the 12th of our 13 movie ticket giveaways for 2018, courtesy of Fathom Events!

That said, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Die Hard – starring Bruce Willis — on the Big Screen!

In order to qualify to win a pair of movie tickets via this contest, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, October 27 at 6 PM EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, October 28, between 6PM EST and 7PM EST. If a winner(s) does not have a Twitter account, we will announce that winner(s) via this blog in the comment section below.

TCM BIG Screen Classics Present Die Hard

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day-only event on Sunday, November 11 and Wednesday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Event. Only United States entries are eligible. Please click here before you enter to ensure that the Event is scheduled at a theater near you and that you are able to attend. (please note that there might be slightly different theater listings for each date)

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, October 27 at 6PM EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

Although not officially a classic-era film, what in your opinion makes “Die Hard” a classic? And, if you haven’t seen it, why do you want to see it on the Big Screen?

2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:
I just entered to win tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics Presents: Die Hard” on the Big Screen courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @FathomEvents #EnterToWin #CMHContest link here:

*If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

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Bruce Willis in Die Hard

About the film: New York City Detective John McClane becomes the only hope for a small group of hostages, trapped in a Los Angeles high-rise office building when it is seized by terrorists on Christmas Eve. This 30th Anniversary event includes exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies.

Please note that only United States residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Fathom Events on Twitter at @fathomevents

Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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24 Responses to Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Die Hard” (30th Anniversary) (Giveaway runs through October 27)

  1. Gloria Elizabeth says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    DIE HARD offers a rich retelling of the classic theme of a broken romance reclaimed by the heroic efforts of a determined man. It’s usually seen as an action film of one good man against a group of bad guys but I find it most interesting for the emotional drive behind McClane’s heroics. He fights because it’s his job but his desperation is because it’s his wife. Also, it’s a Christmas movie without sappiness.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      I hate to say this, but I’ve never seen it! So, for me this one will be a surprise 🙂 Thanks for entering and Good Luck!

  2. Julie Moon says:

    “Die Hard” is a classic for quite a few reasons! The bad guy is awesome, Bruce Willis keeps on keepin’ on in spite of being sooo beat up, and Vaughn Monroe singing “Let it Snow” is the perfect way to end the movie.

  3. Ashley Hinz says:

    I think it became a classic over time. It has a cult following. Many argue weather it’s a Christmas movie or not. It was a departure from Bruce Willis’s usual roles, and obviously changed his image and the path of his career. I like it.

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  5. Liliana Radwanski says:

    While this movie is not a Classic in the old movie sense. This movie as part of the ERA of Heroes. Bruce Willis was coming off of the Successful Run of the, Moonlighting TV Series. He had made a Comedy that was ok , movie was called
    Blind Date with Kim Basinger. They took a chance and Cast Bruce in Die Hard,. Hollywood Figured we’ll have a write-off from this TV Actors movie. Ha Ha to them.Bruce’s character John was a hero. People including his family are taken hostage, including his estranged wife by terrorists. Little did the terrorists know, who they were messing with. Good action movie.

    I Love this Movie and have been a Bruce Willis Fan since Moonlighting. I would love to see the Anniversary Screening on the Big Screen as I did 30 Years ago.

  6. Noah Kilpatrick says:

    I would have to say that the easily quotable lines and Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber make Die Hard so memorable.

  7. Patrick Jean says:

    The comedy blends as well with the action as any movie I’ve ever seen, and even the most minor character has a memorable moment. And there’s an element that’s missing from the sequels: McClane is scared. He’s operating on his wits, but he’s terrified in a way that he never was again.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Patrick, I can’t seem to find your tweet. Could you please confirm that you tweeted, or just let me know if you don’t have a twitter account, or if it is private. Thanks so much 🙂

  8. Chris Krupp says:

    Because John McClane is one of, if not the best action character of this era of film… plus, is it is a Christmas movie, how else do you explain “Let it Snow” at the end?

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message

  9. AJ Long says:

    I want to see Die Hard on the big screen because John McClane is larger than life. Even though he appears to be a failure as a family man, he proves that he is a super bad guy killer. Bruce Willis set a standard for action movies. Every minute there seemed to be a different way to make us cringe, such as stepping on glass, being fooled by Alan Rickman, and being unable to communicate with his wife. Almost every scene is some kind of cliffhanger. I want to see Die Hard on the big screen because Bruce Willis settled the question once and for all at the end of his comedy roast in July stating that Die Hard is NOT a Christmas movie!

  10. Migdalia Pizarro says:

    According to the National Film Registry a film has to be at least 25 years old to qualify as a “classic movie”. Well Die Hard certainly meets that qualification as it is celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary. But to me a classic movie is a movie that makes people return to it over and over again because they just enjoy it.
    Bruce Willis has been a favorite of mine since Moonlighting with Cybill Sheppard. Then in Die Hard, he became everyone’s hero. There will be plenty of fans in the theatre rooting for him once again and mouthing his famous line…”Yipee Kay Yay…….”. LOL

  11. Eliezer Colon says:

    There’s a number of things why all of us consider Die Hard such a classic movie that stands as tall as Dirty Harry of an earlier era. Of course, there’s the performance of Bruce Willis feasting upon the relatable character of John McClane – a blue-collar hero audience could all root for. And then there’s the late Alan Rickman delivering (probably) his greatest role as the ultimate baddie, Hans Gruber. Hans is the type of villain that the dark side of you secretly root for. The movie also has very well-written supporting characters (and indeed the actors that brilliantly perform them) that contributed to its greatness.
    Ultimately, the main reason of Die Hard being classic movie is it being used as a reference point for other films. We always read it from the trades that studios are pitching to us “Die Hard on a plane,” “Die Hard on a boat,” etc. It’s the (story) formula of a man stuck in a confined space with no way out and simply has to battle a skyscraper full of terrorists to save the day. It’s been done repeatedly the last 30 years from films like Under Siege, Speed, The Rock, and this year’s Skyscraper. And those movies have Die Hard to thank for their varying degrees of success. Modern action movies would simply not be successful without Die Hard paving the way.

  12. Can you believe I’ve never seen it? I want to see it as original fans did, so I can decide for myself if it’s amazing action-adventure film or a campy masculine delight of excess testosterone. I suspect I’ll find both descriptions apt.

    I’m @elycehelford on Twitter.


  13. Greg Bryant says:

    It’s a classic because it started a new genre of film. It was almost immediately imitated. For years after the first Die Hard, producers and screenwriters would pitch their new film as “It’s Die Hard on a(n) ____”, …where the blanks were filled in with:

    1. Airplane (“Passenger 57”, and maybe “Executive Decision”)
    2. Airport (Die Hard 2″, obviously)
    3. Battleship (“Under Siege”)
    4. Train (“Under Siege 2: Dark Territory”)
    5. Air Force One (uhhhhh, now what was the name of this film? 😉
    6. The White House (Both “White House Down” and “Olympus Has Fallen”)
    7. Rocky Mountains (“Cliffhanger”)

    Even Star Trek did it’s own Die Hard one episode with Captain Picard alone on the Enterprise facing off a bunch of crooks.

    So, you can see it has had a great influence on other films. But it’s still unique because it placed everyman police officer Bruce Willis in a perilous situation – and without his shoes.

    As far as seeing it, I did see it when it first came out. Since then, I’ve had to be content with the DVD. But now, I can say YIPPIE-KI-YAY… to the TV and see it on the big screen – as it’s meant to be seen.

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  14. Daniel G. says:

    Bruce Willis is John McClane, “every-man” hero; Alan Rickman is one of the greatest villains as Hans Gruber; action, ‘splosions, and quotable lines. YIPPEE-KI-YAY!!!

    *I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  15. Matthew Thomas says:

    There are several reasons Die Hard is a classic. First, the camera movements McTiernan makes, like the triangle moves to highlight importance. Simple, but very effective, and I recommend listening to the director commentary track on this movie, where McTiernan goes into how improvisational it was.

    Second, a movie that’s good will shadow any mistakes made, like the infamous shirt change McClane had in the vents. Most people joke about it, but it does not distract the you from the movie.

    Third, Alan Rickman is THE best bad guy in a movie. Simple motivation (money) and just stole the screen with his efforts.

    Fourth, the set up and location. It took 18 minutes before the first shot was fired, and in that time, we got the backstory for our main character and explained why his situation was dire when they took over Nakatomi. Additionally, there was many settings in small enclosed spaces to reflect the situation McClane was in.

    Finally, it’s a Christmas movie. It’s a Christmas movie, it’s a Christmas movie, it’s a Christmas movie. I don’t care what Bruce Willis says. Of course I’m kidding around, but…it’s a Christmas movie.

  16. Chris says:

    Die Hard is a classic film not only because it is a highly-entertaining movie but it is also a worthy subgenre label based on the story itself. “Die Hard” on a plane, “Die Hard” on a boat, “Die Hard” in the city – the term “Die Hard” made it easy for a screenwriter and Hollywood exec to pitch/convey a story because the movie Die Hard was so pure. That purity lies in a great vulnerable, thinking man hero with brawn who is trapped in an overwhelming situation and must save the day. Unlike Indiana Jones or James Bond, you could relate to McClane. While most guys enjoyed imagining themselves as this tough, combat smart hero, we really wish he was in our circle of friends – or, at least, on the elevator, plane or subway with us. Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza’s screenplay (based on Roderick Thorp’s novel) painted a loser as a winner – a man losing his wife and family, doesn’t want to go to the stupid Holiday company party and winds up being the only one smart enough to realize HE needs to save the day. Even fellow cops are skeptical to help him – so he does what he has to do. The Christmas connection – and the fact that it is considered by many a “holiday film” – is funny to me, but I get it. In that sense, it redefining yet another genre – the holiday film – showing that holidays do not need to be Norman Rockwell-esque nor does the drama be limited to whether a kid believes in Santa Claus or a husband catches his train home. In other words, sometimes being alive is good enough. And that’s why Die Hard remains a classic.

  17. Diehard is a classic movie in that it has stood the test of time and often been imitated. While fee Maddock leave very little different then John Wayne shooting up Indians, the film still provides an exciting spectacle. My son has never seen it and I would love to take him.

  18. Dillon Gonzales says:

    Die Hard is a classic because the screenplay actually put some thought into developing the characters and the movie got an ensemble together where everyone was cast perfectly. Hans Gruber is one the best modern movie villains and the cat and mouse game between him and John elevates this movie to classic status. Evenly paced and so many quotable lines! This movie is great and it would be a treat to watch on the big screen.

  19. Sarah Packard says:

    It’s just the quintessential action movie; such a simple formula, but so perfectly executed, and Alan Rickman’s performance as the sneering, menacing Hans Gruber just elevates it to a whole other level. I never get tired of watching it!! 🙂

  20. Ryan Wilson says:

    Die Hard, it’s the original Christmas action movie and even set in L.A. I mean there are palm trees, the beach and heat, no snow. So, if you’re gonna have a Christmas movie set in L.A. why not added action and gun play as well as an office Christmas party that gets serious.?! John McClane (Bruce Willis) fights to take down terrorists in a modern Christmas classic. I love this movie so much, I even rank it at #1 ahead of Lethal Weapon and Raindeer Games as the ultimate Christmas action movie of all-time! I would love to see my favorite movie on the big screen because I was only 7 when it was released on July 12 (L.A.) and July 15 (natioonwide), 1988.

  21. Adam VanHandel says:

    Best action movie ever made. Fantastic use of Panavision.

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