The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  25 March 2004 (Australia)
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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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If you're in trouble...and you're a Jew...and it's not past Sundown on should call "The Hebrew Hammer!" 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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Technical Specs


| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When 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 »


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 »


Spoofs Hammer (1972) 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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