Monday, December 27, 2010
Christmas Memories of Hans Gruber
Oddly enough, Die Hard does not come up on as many Christmas movie lists as say, "It's a Wonderful Life", but it screams Christmas.
Sometimes in German.
As the CHRISTMAS EVE partygoers at the Nakatomi building were celebrating, John McLane was desperately trying to reunite with his estranged wife HOLLY. He even brought a giant stuffed bear as a gift for one of his children. The orchestra even plays one of my favorites "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring". Not to be out-done, one of the dead terrorists has HO-HO-HO written on his shirt - in blood, with a Santa hat. The movie is chock full of Christmas.
Hans Gruber, the villain, gives a touching speech about needing a Christmas Miracle, and if you listen very closely during that dialogue, Hans sounds exactly like Dieter Uchtdorf. It is uncanny. I even rewound the scene, made my EC (Eternal Companion) cover her eyes and listen again. She agreed, and now we will have a harder time knowing just when to trust Severus Snape.
Along with my wishes for a happy new year, I leave you with one last Christmas thought: Didn't Hans Gruber write "Silent Night?"