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The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

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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This Hanukkah, All He Wants For Christmas Are Santa's Two Front Teeth See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

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

The Hebrew Hammer was also the nickname of baseball legend Hank Greenberg of the Detroit Tigers. See more »

Goofs

Mordechai is portrayed as a faithful Orthodox Jew, but during a scene with his shirt off, the morning after Mordechai and Esther make love, it's clear that Mordechai has several tattoos, which are forbidden in traditional Judaism. Adam Goldberg has stated in interviews that the only reason for this is that he was too lazy to get up early in the morning to have the makeup artists cover up the tattoos. The tattoos go without comment in the dialogue because, according to director Jonathan Kesselman, the Hebrew Hammer has already gone against tradition by engaging in premarital sex, and so a couple tattoos are nothing compared to that. See more »

Quotes

Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim: Who brings in the dope?
Members of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front: The white man!
Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim: Who brings in the guns?
Members of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front: The white man!
Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim: Who brought in that disco?
Members of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front: The white man!
Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim: Who brings in that naaaasty-aaaass Jheri curl?
Members of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front: The white man!
Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim: And who tries to put they motherfuckin' foot up Kwanzaa's ass?
Members of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front: The white man!
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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

References Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »

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Hebraic hilarity--I could watch it repeatedly
26 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't get over this movie. I watched it once (on Comedy Central), and despite the fact that the sides were cut off (it was not made for TV), and the many expletives were deleted, and I had to skip through commercials, I thought it was brilliant and hilarious. I've made tapes of it to share with my non-cabled friends. Now it's playing in theatres, and I'm tempted to see it again.

Now, maybe you've got to be Jewish to love this film, and maybe you've also got to have been brought up in a Catholic town (as I was), and maybe you've got to have felt the sting of everyone else celebrating Christmas while you've got this lousy holiday based on a rather tepid myth (the Chanukah story), but, even if the movie was made just for me, it was a great movie. I give it a 10.


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