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The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

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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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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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The original script called for a cameo from US Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Con), but Lieberman turned it down, so the role went to former New York City mayor Ed Koch, who was recruited at the last minute by one of the producers. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Mordechai is using his tefillin as a grappling hook, he can be seen wearing them on his right arm and hand. Because tefillin are wound around the non-dominant arm, this would only be correct if Mordechai is left-handed; in the next scene he is holding a gun in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Damian Claus: [trying to distract Mordechai] OH, LOOK! A bowl of matzoh-ball soup!
Mordechai Jefferson Carver: [looks away] Yum.
[Damian runs]
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Crazy Credits

Uncle Bernie, Aunt Shelly and all the Long Island Kesselmans - Thanks for letting us eat by you on Shabbat See more »

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Spoofs It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Hammer, Please
27 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero (Adam Goldberg) saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus's evil son (Andy Dick).

My biggest complaint with this film is the sex jokes. I thought they carried themselves well with the racial and ethnic humor, and made a mockery of racism and stereotypes. Throwing is sexual material just seemed to cheaper it, and for that I had to dock them a star.

What I found interesting was having Peter Coyote as the head of the Jewish Justice League. With a name like Coyote, I did not think he was Jewish. Turns out I was very, very wrong. His father was a Jewish investment banker and his maternal grandfather was a rabbi. He certainly knows about the stereotypical Jewish, New York City life.

I also found my appreciation of the film changed between my first and second viewings. The first time I loved it for the racial humor. The second time, there was still that, but I had since seen "Superfly" and a few other films and better appreciated the homages that were thrown in, particularly the use of the Curtis Mayfield.

The MC Hammer and Mike Hammer jokes were good, and hopefully not over anyone's head (by 2003, did people still know who MC Hammer was?).


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