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The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus' evil son.

Director:

Jonathan Kesselman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Harrison Chad ... Schlomo
Jim Petersmith Jim Petersmith ... Skinhead Bartender
Annie McEnroe ... Mrs. Highsmith
Grant Rosenmeyer ... Young Mordechai
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Storyline

Mordechai Jefferson Carver, aka the Hebrew Hammer, is an orthodox Jewish stud who goes on a mission to save Hanukkah. When Santa Claus's evil son Damian is pushed over the edge by his father's liberal policies, he does away with the Christian patriarch. Subsequently stepping into his father's role, Damian launches a campaign to eradicate the Jewish Holiday. The Hammer joins forces with Esther Bloomenbergensteinenthal, the gorgeous and dangerous daughter of the leader of the Jewish Justice League; and his brother-in-arms Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim, the head of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front, to topple Santa's evil progeny and to save Hanukkah for future generations of Jews. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

This Hanukkah, All He Wants For Christmas Are Santa's Two Front Teeth See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual references and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Adam Goldberg claims that he knew he had to do this movie as soon as he read the line "Shabbat shalom, motherfuckers!" See more »

Goofs

At the North Pole, right after Santa barricades the door, we see Hammer pointing a gun at Santa. When he racks the slide to chamber a bullet the slide stays back indicating it is unloaded, but when the camera changes angles he's able to shoot the tomato. See more »

Quotes

Mordechai Jefferson Carver: Shabbat shalom, motherfuckers!
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Crazy Credits

Uncle Bernie, Aunt Shelly and all the Long Island Kesselmans - Thanks for letting us eat by you on Shabbat See more »

Alternate Versions

When the Hebrew Hammer enters the Duke's Nazi bar, he walks over to the Jukebox and plays a song. That song is played through the entire scene. However the Comedy Central and DVD versions of the movie each play a different song for the same scene. See more »

Connections

Spoofs A Few Good Men (1992) See more »

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1/2 great beacause of the great gimmick, 2nd half lame because of the gimmick
18 December 2003 | by perfectisolationSee all my reviews

Jew or not (for purposes of getting the in-jokes), the first half is all hilarious gimmick and a great one at that. We've all wanted to see a bad-ass orthodox jew who talks jive. Why not? The concept is hilarious, and the skits they set up for a while are too because they all juztapose blaxpoitation for jewxpoitation. But there are only so many jokes to be had about stereotypes. the second half runs totally flat. They should have used less obvious jokes in the first half, saved some for the second, and written a more interesting plot through out the entire length of the film. I gave it a 7 (deserves a 5) because of the strong strong start.

BTW, what the hell is wring with so many reviewers out there? Some of the reviews of this movie are ridiculous: best holiday movie, insanely hilarious, best i have ever seen. I mean, this is the '00's... we (especially imdbers) are supposed to be much more sophisticated than people in the '60 and '70's when it comes to films. it is not any of the aforementioned claims, who are writing these things?


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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | Yiddish

Release Date:

25 March 2004 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hebrew Hammer See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,539, 21 December 2003

Gross USA:

$82,157

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,615
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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