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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's very naughty . . . and not very nice. [DVD] See more »


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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joel Coen, Ethan Coen and Terry Zwigoff revised the screenplay. See more »


When Willie and The Kid run into the kitchen from when the he cut his hand, the faucet is turned on, then is turned off, then following shot shows the faucet is back on without anyone turning it on again. See more »


[first lines]
Willie: Hey, can I get another drink down here?
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... The Miller-Fritch Family See more »


References Jaws (1975) See more »


Papa Loves Mambo
Written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning and Bickley Reichner
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra (as Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra)
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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One of the funniest movies for a long time
20 October 2004 | by (Sunnyvale, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw the trailers and knew what I was in for when I went to see Bad Santa. It's not Nice Santa or Naughty Santa, but BAAADD SANTA, horribly drunk and disorderly Santa. Rude and Crude Santa.

I laughed until tears streamed down my face.

There is a lot of sexual situations and profanity, but you have to look past it. Those sensitive to foul language should not watch this movie nor FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL. This is not a kiddie movie, but a movie made for adults.

Compared to ELF, SANTA CLAUSE, and a whole raft of other so-so Christmas related comedies, this is one of the best. Most holiday humor movies are always on the lightside with an eye to the children market during the holidays. This one ranks in there with A Christmas STORY and PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES and THE GRINCH WHO STOLE Christmas (cartoon version).

BAD SANTA is Christmas at its darkest, full of profanity, bad people, and evil deeds. But at the heart of it is a small bit of caring by one Bad Santa.

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