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Release Date:
25 March 2004 (Australia) See more »
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Part man. Part street. 100% kosher. See more »
Plot:
An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus' evil son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Adam Goldberg ... Mordechai Jefferson Carver

Judy Greer ... Esther Bloomenbergensteinenthal

Andy Dick ... Damian Claus

Mario Van Peebles ... Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim

Peter Coyote ... JJL Chief Bloomenbergensteinenthal

Nora Dunn ... Mrs. Carver

Sean Whalen ... Tiny Tim

Tony Cox ... Jamal

Richard Riehle ... Santa

Melvin Van Peebles ... Sweetback

Rachel Dratch ... Tikva
Harrison Chad ... Schlomo
Jim Petersmith ... Skinhead Bartender

Annie McEnroe ... Mrs. Highsmith

Grant Rosenmeyer ... Young Mordechai

Elaine Hendrix ... Blonde Bombshell
Ayelet Ben-Hur ... Israeli Rental Agent

Alex Corrado ... Tony
Brad Duck ... Jimmy

Jason Fuchs ... Adolescent Hasidic Boy

Ed Koch ... Himself
Gary Pratt ... Head Elf
Woodrow W. Asai ... Mun Chi (as Woodrow Asai)

Daryl Wein ... Teenage Gentile
Michael Mylett ... Gentile Boy No. 1 (as Michael J. Mylett)

T.J. Sullivan ... Gentile Boy No. 2

Audrey Twitchell ... Gentile Girl No. 1
Alexa Eisenstein ... Gentile Girl No. 2
Evelyn Page ... Old Woman
George Hosmer ... Chairman of the Jewish Worldwide Media Conspiracy
Ronald Schultz ... ADL Chairman

Leslie Shenkel ... JDL Member No. 1
Alan Nebelthau ... JDL Member No. 2
Jerome F. Richards ... Council Elder (as Jerome Richards)
C.P. Lacey ... Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. / MC Hammer
Ephraim Benton ... Black Teen
David Lee ... White Accountant

Adam Rose ... Addict Jewish Child
Devin Rene Burns ... Blonde Gentile Girl
Jimmy Walsh ... Freckle-Faced Gentile

Chris McGinn ... Samples Woman

Kathryn Gordon ... Bambi
Anna Berger ... Harriet Tubbleman
Ivan Sandro ... Carnival Worker

Jeff Marlow ... Joshua (as Jeff Marlowe)

Ronald Shore ... Bandleader
Tom Chalmers ... Chaim Feygele
David Steinberg ... Elf Flunky (as David Joseph Steinberg)
Mylika Davis ... Sassy Black Prostitute
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liana Reda Leahy ... Jewish American Princess
John Jay Buol ... Skinhead (uncredited)
Scott Corr ... Skinhead (uncredited)

Mickey O'Hagan ... Miriam (uncredited)

Isen Robbins ... Dance Partner 1 (uncredited)

David C. Roehm Sr. ... Skinhead Barfly (uncredited)
Lorin Shapiro ... Jewish American Princess (uncredited)

Dariusz M. Uczkowski ... Hasidic boy / Kmart Shopper (uncredited)

Jan Uczkowski ... Kmart Shopper (uncredited)
Sarah Wagner-Roehm ... Kid Visiting Santa (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Kesselman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jonathan Kesselman  writer

Produced by
Lisa Fragner .... producer
Josh Kesselman .... producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
Isen Robbins .... associate producer
John Schmidt .... executive producer
Aimee Schoof .... associate producer
Sofia Sondervan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Cohen 
 
Cinematography by
Kurt Brabbee 
 
Film Editing by
Dean Holland 
 
Casting by
Valerie McCaffrey 
 
Production Design by
Cabot McMullen 
 
Art Direction by
David Ellis 
 
Set Decoration by
Shane Klein 
 
Costume Design by
Alysia Raycraft 
 
Makeup Department
Loretta Alston .... key hair stylist
Persefone Karakosta .... key makeup artist
Theodora Katsoulogiannakis .... additional hair stylist
T'rah Veal .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
Douglas Salkin .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Elefante .... second second assistant director
Bruce Wayne Gillies .... second unit director
Urs Hirschbiegel .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Leni Calas .... property master
William Depaolo .... propmaker
Jacob Gitzis .... product placement
Gavin A. Holmes .... construction coordinator
Cosmo Inserra .... art production assistant
Zairi Malcolm .... assistant property master
Ramsey Mellette .... storyboard artist
Stacey Mellus .... graphic designer
Jim Mickle .... storyboard artist
Adam Mock .... art production assistant
James Pesce .... leadman
Nyna Sargent .... set dresser
Erik Steiner .... art department coordinator
Joanna M. Wright .... property master
 
Sound Department
Doug Andham .... sound re-recording mixer (as Doug Andorka)
Brian Arbuckle .... sound mixer
Patrick Giraudi .... sound re-recording mixer
Seth Granger .... boom operator
Lisa Hannan .... sound effects editor
Lou Kleinman .... supervising sound editor
Theresa Radka .... production sound mixer
Reuben Simon .... sound effects editor
Jussi Tegelman .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects supervisor
Neil Ruddy .... special effects
Nick Schiavo .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Jim Aupperle .... digital lighting
Everett Burrell .... digital artist
Chris R. Green .... visual effects artist
Kevin Struckman .... compositing supervisor
Mark Tamny .... compositor
William L. Arance .... digital artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joseph Barry .... stunt elf
Sammy Brullo .... stunts
Cort Hessler .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Keane .... key grip
April Lanci-Leseur .... assistant camera (as April Lanci)
Marcus Lehmann .... electrician
Paul McCluskey .... third grip
Alan McIntyre Smith .... gaffer (as Alan Smith)
Jessica Miglio .... still photographer
Andrew Parke .... director of photography: second unit
Michael P. Prisco Jr. .... gaffer: rigging crew
Ian Woolston-Smith .... Steadicam operator
Hiroo Takaoka .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kristen Paladino .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kairo Courts .... wardrobe intern (as Kairo Carter)
Eden Miller .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Randy L. Anderson .... color timer
Dave Boyd .... first assistant editor
Justin Downing .... second assistant editor
David Kuther .... promo editor
 
Music Department
Andy Hill .... music supervisor
Wayne Scott Joness .... music editor
Bashir Salahuddin .... title song vocalist
 
Other crew
Calvin Alden .... production assistant
Maxwell Barrett .... location scout
Massoumeh Emami .... script supervisor
Rebecca Ewing .... office/set production assistant
Ben Feldman .... production legal services
Peter Goldberg .... key set production assistant
John Kalning .... researcher
Brendan MacDevette .... production assistant
Susan T. Parsons .... script supervisor
Michelle Phillips .... collaborating designer
Michele Proyect .... production coordinator
Patrick Russell .... assistant: Sofia Sondervan
 
Thanks
Steven C. Beer .... special thanks
Brian Bell .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language, some sexual references and drug use
Runtime:
85 min | Argentina:87 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Trivia:
The movie was shown at the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente on April 16th, 2005 (among other dates). The director was present at the show and answered questions after the presentation. He mentioned that he had sort of an actor's top-five in mind when he was about to make the movie, and besides Adam Goldberg, his other options were Adam Sandler, David Schwimmer, and Ben Stiller.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
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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Movie Connections:
References "The Powerpuff Girls" (1998)See more »

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29 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
You're a hora!, 15 December 2004
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

Let me be absolutely clear, this movie is HYS-TER-IC-AL! In a world where the same three holiday movies are played over, and over, and over again in a complex form of brainwashing by our local networks, it was a pure delight to see something fresh, funny, and outstandingly original in the holiday film circuit. Director Jonathan Kesselman has done his homework with this project. By homework I mean watching "cult" classics like Hot Shots! and Airplane! while using a similar structure to develop his own unique blend of humor and satire. While watching this you will be surprised at how little you see coming. That is due to the fresh feel of this film. We have not seen many films like it lately, it on all levels it worked. It left me wanting more, oh so much more.

You can only credit the director for so much, it takes the talent from in front of the camera to really pull a film together. The feeling that actors have when doing a project definitely comes through the screen and onto the audience. Take Stepford Wives for example. You could tell that Kidman had no excitement on doing this project, and it consequently was horrible. I was never interested in Kidman's character because if she didn't care, why should I bother. This was not the case with The Hebrew Hammer. Goldberg was having a blast playing this zany yet kind character that cares more about his faith than anyone in the entire world. His eyes told the story, and allowed us to really follow this "leader" blindly into uncharted territory. I am an enormous fan of Andy Dick, not only does he carry my name, but he also bring to the screen his one style of comedy. He is notorious for being who he is, and while others may find him annoying, I only see him as comic genius a la Robin Williams. He is destined to be one of the greats and if he keeps with these films he will surely do well. The rest of the cast is superb, they really transport you into this world unlike our own. They really do define themselves and take this film to a new level. Adam Goldberg and Andy Dick are the staples of this film, while the rest assist in holding the film together.

I would also like to take this time to say that I watched this film with my Jewish friends, and they thought it was hysterical as well. I have trouble seeing where offense could be taken from this film. This was a humorous story about the uneducated nature of our culture towards the Hanukkah holiday. It comes at a time when consumerism is up and family values are at an all time low. This was no Oscar film, but it did bring to the spotlight a holiday and culture that is normally left on the doorstep. I applaud Kesselman's hard work and excitement behind this picture. This could have easily been something that fell through the cracks, but instead it will be something I show to friends time and time again.

Overall, I was extremely impressed with this film. The quality of the story, the witty and knowledgeable humor made me laugh as well as use my mind (which is a plus), and the honesty behind the characters was something other films should use more often. There was just a sense of fun with this picture, and it blasted through my television with the greatest of ease. This is our new Holiday film in our house. I am skipping the "classics" and creating new ones of my own. How impressive this film was!

Grade: ***** out of *****

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