An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus' evil son.

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Mordechai Jefferson Carver, aka the Hebrew Hammer, is an orthodox Jewish stud who goes on a mission to save Hanukkah. When Santa Claus's evil son Damian is pushed over the edge by his father's liberal policies, he does away with the Christian patriarch. Subsequently stepping into his father's role, Damian launches a campaign to eradicate the Jewish Holiday. The Hammer joins forces with Esther Bloomenbergensteinenthal, the gorgeous and dangerous daughter of the leader of the Jewish Justice League; and his brother-in-arms Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim, the head of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front, to topple Santa's evil progeny and to save Hanukkah for future generations of Jews. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Part man. Part street. 100% kosher. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual references and drug use | See all certifications »

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25 March 2004 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Hammer o exolothreftis  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,539 (USA) (19 December 2003)

Gross:

$19,539 (USA) (19 December 2003)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Steven Spielburg is suggested as a candidate to take on the new Santa, Chief Bloomenbergensteinenthal responds "He made E.T.! How tough is that?'. Peter Coyote, who plays Chief Bloomenbergensteinenthal, was in E.T. See more »

Goofs

When Mordechai enters the skinhead bar, he walks over to the jukebox and after depositing his money, he pushes three buttons and his song begins to play. The jukebox in the bar is a CD unit, which uses four numbers for song selection, two for the disc number, and two for the track. Only vinyl jukeboxes use three numbers. See more »

Quotes

Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim: The Hebrew Hammer, Jew boy, my main-man Kike.
Mordechai Jefferson Carver: Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim, my main nigga.
Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim: Wassup, dog?
[Mordechai and Mohammed high-five]
Mordechai Jefferson Carver: Wassup?
White Accountant: [incredulously] Y-you just called him a Kike. And you, you just called him a Nigger!
Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim: Well, it's okay when *we* calls each other that.
Mordechai Jefferson Carver: Yeah, that's how it goes.
Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim: Yeah.
White Accountant: [utterly dumbfounded] Oh.
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Crazy Credits

"No animals or gentiles were harmed in the making of this movie" appears in the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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Not Terrible, But Not Great
8 December 2003 | by (Right Behind You) – See all my reviews

The concept is good, the performances are good, but this film is too uneven to be great. Writer/director Jonathan Kesselman should've watched the much better blaxploitation parody "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!" a few times and thought harder about *why* it's a good parody. Even then, that film, too, could have been improved.

When you do satire, you get the best results when you stick pretty closely to your target. The funniest moments in "The Hebrew Hammer" are those in which it really mirrors blaxploitation films. When it degenerates into really broad parody, lame social commentary, and random jokes about Jewish stereotypes, it goes downhill quickly.

That's too bad, because the principle cast really does do an excellent job. The villains are weaker than the heroes -- conceptually and by performance -- but I can't really blame the actors (much as I might be tempted to blame Andy Dick) because the villains are *too* over-the-top just as they're written.

Satire works as comedy because it keeps moving back and forth over the line of plausibility -- or, at least, the line of genre convention. "The Hebrew Hammer" has many good moments but, in the end, it strays too far, too often. There's about thirty minutes of really good material in there.


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