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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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Gets a bit lame near the end, but until then it's a scream See more (52 total) »

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 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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:
Mordechai Jefferson Carver:[talking on the phone] I need you to get in contact with the Worldwide Jewish Media Conspiracy and mass-produce every holiday movie that has a Jewish protagonist who is depicted in a positive light.
JJL Chief Bloomenbergensteinenthal:So you want me to mass produce "Yentl," "Fiddler on the Roof," and Chaim Potok's "The Chosen"?
Mordechai Jefferson Carver:Right.
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References Julius Caesar (1953)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Gets a bit lame near the end, but until then it's a scream, 25 August 2010
Author: Samiam3 from Canada

Odd as it may sound, it takes a bit of brains to enjoy the Hebrew Hammer. The movie requires its viewers to have a fairly extensive knowledge of Jewish stereotypes, which is what the film lives off of, quite effectively

Not since Mel Brook's last good movie (Men in Tights) have I sampled Jewish humour this laugh out loud. It's wild and wacky, and despite pushing into the red zone, it's not all that offencive (unless you are orthodox). My dad is an extremely tough critic, and is easily offended by red zone stuff, but I got him to watch part of this, and he laughed.

The plot is deliberately cheesy. It concerns a pimping agent of a Jewish Justice League, who goes by the name of 'Hammer', and he takes on the mission to stop Santa Claus Jr. from destroying Chanukah (which he is unable to pronounce).

The jokes keep coming, and they never get tiring, but in the climactic twenty minutes, something goes wrong. The humour starts to disintegrate a bit (except for a funny cameo by Ed Koch) and the silliness of the plot ceases to wink at itself, It goes from satirical cliché to regular cliché (the hero must rescue his damsel in distress)

Well, no film is perfect. I suppose there is one other problem with the movie, but it's not as big a deal. I'm not realty sure who best to recommend it to. If I had to guess I would say this kind of stuff would be right for the same audience who embraces Team America. It is crude, crazy, satirical, but really funny.

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