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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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Cast

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Jamal
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Santa
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Sweetback
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Tikva
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Schlomo
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Skinhead Bartender
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Young Mordechai
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,539, 21 December 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,539, 21 December 2003
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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original script called for a cameo from US Senator Joe Lieberman (Democrat, later Independent, of Connecticut), 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

When the Hammer is in his car, it has a normal Florida license plate. When there is close up, it shows that it is a New York license vanity plate that says "L'CHAIM". This is seen later in the movie when he talks to Shlomo and gives him a tape from the trunk. See more »

Quotes

Voice on Intercom: Attention, all K-Mart shoppers, there are Jews in Aisle 12.
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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 The Chosen (1981) See more »

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Hebraic hilarity--I could watch it repeatedly
26 December 2003 | by 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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