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25 March 2004 (Australia) See more »
Part man. Part street. 100% kosher. See more »
An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus' evil son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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)
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
Steven C. Beer .... special thanks
Brian Bell .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for language, some sexual references and drug use
85 min | Argentina:87 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the Jewish children are heard singing "Silent Night", their mouths are not in sync at all with the musicSee more »
Mordechai Jefferson Carver:Wait, wait hold on a sec. I didn't want to have to do this, but you leave me no choice. I'm now going to resort to the most dangerous, deadly weapon in the Jewish arsenal.
[briefly meditates, then continues in a nasal voice]
Mordechai Jefferson Carver:What, I shlep all the way up here for this? I come all the way to the North Pole to fight you; you don't put out anything to nosh on?
Damian Claus:You're hungry?
Mordechai Jefferson Carver:I mean, seriously, what kind of arch-nemesis are you?
Damian Claus:Sorry, I wasn't thinking I guess. Oh! Oh, no, you don't! You're not going to pull Jewish-guilt crap on me, I'm a lot stronger than that, Mordechai.
Mordechai Jefferson Carver:Okay, forget it. Never mind.
Damian Claus:What?
Mordechai Jefferson Carver:No, nothing.
Mordechai Jefferson Carver:Tell me, what?
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Movie Connections:
References "Mike Hammer" (1958)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
What "Idiocracy" is to stupidity..."Hebrew Hammer" is to religion.., 21 May 2008
Author: merklekranz from United States

Great comedic concept, poking fun at religious stereotypes, and especially Jewish stereotypes, which are hilariously lampooned. This clever comedy is destined for cult status. Some of the ideas seem to have been "borrowed" from Woody Allen, and in fact the Santa Claus in "The Hebrew Hammer" is a dead ringer for Woody, which makes it even funnier. Although wildly uneven, there is enough terrific, irreverent, material to maintain interest throughout. The idea of making a Jewish superhero patterned after "blaxpoitation" movies is pure comedy genius. There is something here to offend almost everyone, so if you are at all religiously sensitive, you would be advised to steer clear. All others prepare to laugh till it hurts. - MERK

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