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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Willie
... Marcus
... The Kid
... Sue
... Lois
... Gin
... Bob Chipeska
... Hindustani Troublemaker
... Milwaukee Mother
... Milwaukee Boy
... Milwaukee Mom with Photo
Alexandra Korhan ... Girl on Santa's Lap
Dylan Charles ... Milwaukee Bratty Boy
... Milwaukee Security Guard
... 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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He doesn't care if you're naughty or nice. 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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26 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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The unrated version of the film furthers the record for the most profanities in a Christmas film, including 170 uses of "fuck", 74 uses of "shit", 31 uses of "ass", 10 uses of "bitch", and 1 use of "bastard", in variable forms. See more »

Goofs

They don't wear gloves during the robbery/safe cracking and in the first robbery Willie even leaves beer cans with both fingerprints and DNA, yet they never get caught. 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

Holly Jolly Christmas
(1962)
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Burl Ives
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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One of the best, and most surprising, films of the year
1 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw the trailer for this film I thought that it was basically just gonna be a funny little dark comedy that would be a nice distraction from the annoying family movies that are being dumped into theaters around this time. However, leaving the theater after watching this, I discovered how much more it was than what I was expecting. Instead a good movie, I got a great one, with good direction and a wonderful script and, best of all, the performance of Billy Bob Thornton, who makes the film what it is. His foulmouthed, cynical, suicidal character might look two-dimensional on paper and, had another actor taken a stab at this role, come off as forced and tiresome, but Thornton finds just the right blend of humor and reality. The film is touching, but not on the surface. Many viewers will not get it; they'll see this film as a vulgar assault on the Christmas spirit, and, in a way, it is, but deeper than that there is a story here about a man who has lost all faith in the human race and has now been restored. Without being sappy, unlike almost any other film I've ever seen, "Bad Santa" is able to make this an emotional journey for a contemptable character, get us to like him, and disguise it behind dark, sick humor. It's a masterpiece of dark comedy and the best holiday film of the last 5 years. **** out of ****


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