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Bad Santa (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  26 November 2003 (USA)
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A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.


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An adventure with Santa impersonator Willie Stokes.

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Willie T. Stokes is a convicted con man who's led a miserable life. He drinks heavily and constantly embarrasses himself publicly. He only works once a year dressed as Santa. But then come Christmas Eve, he and his pint-sized helper dwarf Marcus stage elaborate robberies and take their department stores for everything they got. This year, they hit a mall in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. This time around, Willie gets distracted by having sex with large women, a bartender who is attracted to Santas, and a kid who's convinced he's the real deal. However, this time around Marcus must once again put up with Willie's heavy drinking and a series of incidents that constantly shoot themselves in the foot. Not to mention a nosy department store security guard who's onto them and wants his cut of the loot. Will Willie and Marcus make it to next Christmas? Or will this be the year the dynamic duo finally face justice? Written by halo1k

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Badder Santa  »

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,292,952 (USA) (28 November 2003)


$2,983 (Hong Kong) (31 December 2004)

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| (Director's cut) | (unrated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only other movie that Bernie Mac and Tony Cox have starred in together. The first one being Friday (1995) See more »


When Willie and Marcus are celebrating their first score, Marcus' final drink is still half full after he sips it. However, when he puts down the glass, it's empty. See more »


[first lines]
Willie: Hey, can I get another drink down here?
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Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 9 No.2
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Frederick Chopin)
Performed by Idil Biret, piano
Courtesy of Naxos by arrangement with Source/Q
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The perfect Christmas antidote
23 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hilarious from start to finish, this movie covers the story of an alcoholic safe cracker who works as a shopping mall Santa to steal money from the mall on Christmas eve. The concept of the movie is simple and the script is razor sharp with well drawn characters enhanced by faultless performances throughout. As with all good comedies, the material is inspired but it's the delivery that makes it unforgettable. Thornton proves that when it comes to Dead-pan comedy, there's no one better! His performance alone would be enough to make this film good but the fact that his high standards are maintained by the rest of the cast elevates it to a classic.

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