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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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He's Not Bad, He's Cha-baad. See more »



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


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Mrs. Highsmith: I hope you've all learned a very important lesson today. Just because Mordechai's people are different from us, and just because they may appear strange to us with their furry hats, beady eyes, and long sideburns, not to mention their bizarre customs and unnecessarily guttural funny-sounding names; just because they control ALL of the world's money, yet they are too cheap to buy their children anything better than spinning tops for presents, does not mean that we can't learn to love and respect...
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"No animals or gentiles were harmed in the making of this movie" appears in the closing credits. See more »


References The Mummy (1999) See more »

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Lame and obvious, but with a few funny Shaft references
14 December 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

The Hebrew Hammer is a clever idea wasted, as the execution is weak. As if often the case with iconoclastic humor, it relies overly on outrage to generate laughs, which simply isn't enough. Poor-taste humor has two elements -- poor taste and humor -- and both are needed here, but the humor is pretty scarce. As a result, it is often painful to watch, all the more so because of good attempts on the part of the performers, particularly Adam Goldberg as the HH himself. The Shaft references are funny, though, but only to those who know those movies, and they certainly don't carry The Hebrew Hammer.

Another problem is that many of the jokes rely on knowledge of American Jewish culture, and many in the audience will simply not understand the jokes.

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