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Bad Ass -- A Vietnam veteran who becomes a local hero after saving a man from attackers on a city bus decides to take action when his best friend is murdered and the police show little interest in solving the crime.
Bad Ass -- A Vietnam veteran who becomes a local hero after saving a man from attackers on a city bus decides to take action when his best friend is murdered and the police show little interest in solving the crime.


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They messed with the wrong senior citizen.
A Vietnam veteran who becomes a local hero after saving a man from attackers on a city bus decides to take action when his best friend is murdered and the police show little interest in solving the crime. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Danny Trejo ... Frank Vega

Charles S. Dutton ... Panther

Patrick Fabian ... Officer Malark

Joyful Drake ... Amber Lamps

John Duffy ... Martin

Harrison Page ... Klondike Washington

Richard Riehle ... Father Miller

Winter Ave Zoli ... Tatiana

Tonita Castro ... Juanita Vega

Andy Davoli ... Renaldo

Patricia De Leon ... Marissa (as Patricia Deleon)

Frank Maharajh ... Detective Shah

Jillian Murray ... Lindsay Kendall

Shalim Ortiz ... Frank Vega (17-25 yrs)

Craig Sheffer ... Attorney

Chris Spencer ... Martin Sr.

Ron Perlman ... Mayor Williams

Jessica Lee ... Woman in Purple

John Dixon ... Skinhead #1
Kevin Patrick Burke ... Skinhead #2 (as Kevin Burke)
Olivia Moss ... Emily Kendall

Makenzie Moss ... Nikki Kendall

Jennifer Blanc-Biehn ... Frances (as Jennifer Blanc)
Davenia McFadden ... Rita
Larry Richardson ... Calvin
Mackenzie King ... Girl on Bus
Austin Michael Scott ... Austin Linkler (as Austin Scott)
Brian Schlesinger ... Aldo the Office Boy

Christine Clayburg ... News Anchor
Sam Rubin ... Male Interviewer
Baxter ... Himself

Craig Johnson ... Sebastian

Erik Betts ... Terence

Ezra Buzzington ... Store Clerk

Anthony Martins ... Gang Banger #1

Marco Morales ... Gang Banger #2

Chad Guerrero ... Gang Banger #3

Donzaleigh Abernathy ... Mother

Heidi Kramer ... Rebecca Parker

Duane Whitaker ... Rex / Pawn Shop Owner
Joe Holiday ... Baller

David A. Arnold ... James Worthy
Jack Freshkin ... Jewish Priest
Norma Michaels ... Elderly Women (as Norma Michals)
Sebastian Valdes ... Guy in Jeep

Eddie J. Fernandez ... Tattoo Guy (as Eddie Fernandez)

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Bartender (as Tommy Rosales)

Tyler Tuione ... Churchill

Danny Woodburn ... Master Sluggy Kornnuts
C.C. Taylor ... Militant Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lawrence Moran ... Capt. Jenkins (as Larry Moran)

Robert Sean Burke ... Bus Driver #2 (uncredited)

Isabella Cascarano ... Agata (uncredited)

Esteban Cueto ... Buffed-Out Guy (uncredited)

Brett T. Friedmann ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Dorian Kingi ... Two Dudes #1 (uncredited)

Craig Moss ... Generous Bus Driver (uncredited)

Joe Ordaz ... Two Dudes #2 (uncredited)

Mark Rhino Smith ... Other Baller #3 (uncredited)

Dan Snow ... TV hockey announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Buddy Sosthand ... Other Baller #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
Craig Moss 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Craig Moss 
Elliot Tishman  written by

Produced by
Jim Busfield .... co-producer
Ben Feingold .... executive producer
Ash R. Shah .... producer
Original Music by
Todd Haberman 
Cinematography by
John Barr 
Film Editing by
Jim Flynn 
Casting by
Shannon Makhanian 
Mary Jo Slater 
Production Design by
Russell M. Jaeger 
Art Direction by
E. Carl Hoagland IV  (as Carl Hoagland)
Set Decoration by
Travis Zariwny 
Costume Design by
Ariyela Wald-Cohain 
Makeup Department
Myriam Arougheti .... makeup department head
Cat Elrod .... makeup artist
Caitlin Martini .... makeup artist
Myke Michaels .... key makeup artist
Traci E. Smithe .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Shawn Griffith .... production supervisor
Todd King .... post-production supervisor
Camille LaBry West .... production manager (as Camille LaBry)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mikal Kartvedt .... second unit director
Brian McQuery .... first assistant director
Yan Ruiz .... assistant director: additional photography
Jeff Weiss .... second assistant director
Art Department
Maggie Allen .... on set dresser
Jonathan Buchanan .... property master
Maxx Buchanan .... graffiti artist
Jon De Pabon .... painter
Sara Krueger .... art department coordinator
Jeffrey Lombardi .... set dresser : As Jeffrey Givens
Julianne Maiello .... painter
Chris Maxson .... set dresser
Erin McKenna .... scenic painter
Patrick Rourk .... assistant property master
Sarah Taub .... property intern (as Sarah K. Taub)
Daniel Troutman .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Tom Boykin .... dialogue editor
Amber Conroy .... boom operator
Ryan Gegenheimer .... sound effects editor
Dennis Grzesik .... sound mixer
Matt Hovland .... adr mixer
Eric Lalicata .... re-recording mixer
Eric Lalicata .... supervising sound editor
Matthew Nicolay .... sound mixer
Sergio R. Rocha .... sound effects editor
John Sanacore .... foley mixer
Dan Snow .... sound supervisor
Stacey A. Washer .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Ron Trost .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Christian Cardona .... visual effects supervisor
Buddy Gheen .... digital compositor
Damien Bray .... stunt double: Andy Davoli
Damien Bray .... utility stunts
John Dixon .... stunt performer
Chad Guerrero .... stunt performer
Mark Hicks .... stunts
Natascha Hopkins .... stunts
Craig Johnson .... stunt performer
Karin Justman .... stunts
Mikal Kartvedt .... stunt coordinator
Anthony Martins .... stunts
Norman Mora .... stunt double: Danny Trejo
Norman Mora .... stunts
Joe Ordaz .... stunts
Mark Rhino Smith .... stunts (as Rhino)
Rich Vieira .... stunt rigger (Uncredited)
Hawk Walts .... stunt rigger (Uncredited)
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunts
Ryan Sturz .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Benoit .... grip
Tony Bryan .... gaffer
Nick Cady .... grip
Amanda Marie Campbell .... electrician
Eric Carballo .... camera pa
Kelsey Castellitto .... second assistant camera (as Kelsey Risdon)
Ronald K. De torres .... electrician
Brian Eastveld .... grip
Casey Ellison .... best boy electric
Tom Funk .... first assistant camera
Yoshikazu Isomura .... grip
Joe Kocsis .... digital imaging technician
Jamie Lagerhausen .... "b" camera operator
John Loveall .... key grip
Dave Muskeni .... gaffer
Neil G. Phillips .... best boy grip
Ari Robbins .... "a" camera operator/steadicam
Mitchell Ryan Rodriguez .... grip
Erica Thurlow .... grip
Conner Vandeer .... camera operator
June Zandona .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Jeff Olan .... extras casting
Zinnia Su .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sahar Halabi .... set costumer
Alison Levine .... assistant costume designer (as Ali Levine)
Editorial Department
Robin August .... assistant post supervisor
Matt Blackshear .... digital intermediate editor (as Matthew Blackshear)
Michael Cioni .... digital intermediate supervisor
Kevin London .... digital intermediate engineer
Lissette Rodriguez .... assistant editor
Austin Michael Scott .... trailer editor
Location Management
Joe Abel .... assistant location manager
Melissa Downing .... location manager
Music Department
Peter G. Adams .... composer: additional music
Lucas Cantor .... composer: additional music
Cory Milano .... music editor
Transportation Department
Mitchell Bergman .... transportation coordinator
Charles Gatson .... driver
Jon Gearhart .... transportation captain
Mitch Gulbin .... driver
Michael Kellerman .... driver
Daniel Malkovich .... driver
Adam Neuwirth .... driver
Gabriel Shub .... driver
Brian Stackhouse .... driver
Al Valentine .... driver
Other crew
Erik Almada .... production assistant
Renetta G. Amador .... script supervisor
Aaron Becker .... title designer: main titles
Ana Busfield .... assistant to producer
Eric Carballo .... production assistant
Cecilia Cardwell .... studio teacher
Marigold Franklin .... craft service
Christopher Frobose .... production assistant (as Chris Frobose)
Ashley Gressen .... production assistant
Aaron Hammersley .... production secretary
Blaine G. Houserman .... production accountant
Andrew Kaufman .... production assistant
Rahim Kazi .... accountant
Fumie Suzuki Lancaster .... international sales (as Fumie Suzuki)
Brian Macchiarelli .... key set production assistant
Mara Mark .... studio teacher
Jose Martinaz .... production assistant
Bryan Meyers .... production accountant
Chad Nagel .... production assistant
Michyl-Shannon Quilty .... production coordinator
Felipe Rodriguez .... caterer
Genaro Rodriguez .... catering assistant
Nicole St. Cyr .... craft service
Claudio Tepper .... set medic
Austin Williams .... production assistant
Cassidy Craig .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence, some torture, pervasive language, and some sexual content/nudity
USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Frank Vega's "I Am A Motherfucker" shirt is the same exact design as that worn by the old man in the original AC Transit Bus Fight video.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After visiting a bar in search of Terrance, Vega walks down the street with a big bag of probably groceries. He gets into the car with his cop friend and they chat for a while, then Vega leaves a car without a bag.See more »
Frank Vega:Sometimes a simple things the best!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Death Wish (1974)See more »
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50 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Time for a real honest review for Bad Ass!, 13 April 2012

Alright I think all of us know that this for Danny Trejo's sake was not going to be anywhere near the caliber of Machete, that was funded in the millions & written very well. What we have here is a decent low budget VOD or netflix watch. The story is very simple, Trejo a man who served 7 years in the Vietnam war & upon arriving back to society he faced what every soldier faced upon returning home, a place to fit in. He struggled through the next 40 years running his hot dog stand & minding his own business. Then one day on a public bus he kicked the crap out of two punks harassing an old man & it was filmed by another bus rider & leaked onto the internet. It goes viral & he is proclaimed by the public as "Bad Ass". A title he wasn't looking for but he was happy to finally be fitting in with society.

After his one & only friend was murdered senselessly he became the man the public wanted him to be & started on journey of ass kicking his way to find answers. This film won't win any awards but it was certainly entertaining for 90 minutes, and all you punks giving it a 1 rating should go sky diving without a parachute because obviously your brainless body is just in the way. It's 5/10 solidly, actually it's worth more than that for the great message it leaves the viewer. So to belittle this fine piece of film is in itself a crime!

I couldn't help thinking of Gran Torino & Harry Brown a bit at times due to the fact of all three characters being in a war, all being senior citizens & all they wanted was a little peace & a bit of happiness and they were "called" back into duty for something they truly believed in.

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