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Bad Santa (2003)

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A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Milwaukee Mother
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Girl on Santa's Lap
Dylan Charles ...
Milwaukee Bratty Boy
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Milwaukee Bartender
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Storyline

Willie T. Stokes is a convicted con man who's led a miserable life. He drinks heavily and constantly embarrasses himself publicly. He only works once a year dressed as Santa. But then come Christmas Eve, he and his pint-sized helper dwarf Marcus stage elaborate robberies and take their department stores for everything they got. This time around, Willie gets distracted by large women, a bartender who is attracted to Santas, and a kid who's convinced he's the real deal. However, Marcus must once again put up with Willie's heavy drinking and a series of incidents that constantly shoot themselves in the foot. Will Willie and Marcus make it to next Christmas? Or will this be the year the dynamic duo finally face justice? Written by halo1k

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A truly twisted comedy that will have you in stitches any time of the year! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Badder Santa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,292,952, 30 November 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,060,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,147,031
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout the film, there are several hints to Bernie Mac's character having chronic constipation; he eats oranges, mixes stool softener into his drinks, etc. See more »

Goofs

When Willie is lighting the lights from the popcorn bags outside the house he appears to be lighting from his left to right. However, different shots show that all of the bags continuing down the street are already lit even though he didn't make his way down that far. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Willie: Hey, can I get another drink down here?
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Crazy Credits

In loving memory of John Ritter See more »


Soundtracks

Anvil Chorus
(from "Il Travatore")
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The perfect Christmas antidote
23 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Hilarious from start to finish, this movie covers the story of an alcoholic safe cracker who works as a shopping mall Santa to steal money from the mall on Christmas eve. The concept of the movie is simple and the script is razor sharp with well drawn characters enhanced by faultless performances throughout. As with all good comedies, the material is inspired but it's the delivery that makes it unforgettable. Thornton proves that when it comes to Dead-pan comedy, there's no one better! His performance alone would be enough to make this film good but the fact that his high standards are maintained by the rest of the cast elevates it to a classic.


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