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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Craig Moss
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Trejo ... Frank
Charles S. Dutton ... Panther
Patrick Fabian ... Officer Malark
Joyful Drake ... Amber Lamps
John Duffy ... Martin
Harrison Page ... Klondike
Richard Riehle ... Father Miller
Winter Ave Zoli ... Tatiana
Tonita Castro ... Frank's Mother
Andy Davoli ... Renaldo
Patricia De Leon ... Marissa (as Patricia Deleon)
Frank Maharajh ... Detective Shah
Jillian Murray ... Lindsay Kendall
Shalim Ortiz ... Young Frank
Craig Sheffer ... Attorney
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Storyline

Decorated Vietnam hero Frank Vega returns home only to get shunned by society leaving him without a job or his high school sweetheart. It's not until forty years later when an incident on a commuter bus (where he protects an elderly black man from a pair of skin heads) makes him a local hero where he's suddenly celebrated once again. But his good fortune suddenly turns for the worse when his best friend Klondike is murdered and the police aren't doing anything about it. Written by Anonymous

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They messed with the wrong senior citizen.

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The food truck featured in the beginning of the film is Slammin' Sliders. See more »

Goofs

When the convenience store is getting robbed, one of the reaction shots of the clerk is flipped as noted by all the text on the bottles in the background being mirrored. See more »

Quotes

Frank Vega: I told you I didn't wanna fight.
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Connections

Followed by Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses (2014) See more »

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Y Porque Perder
Written and Performed by Pancho and Sancho
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An aging bad ass, but a bad ass nonetheless...
5 June 2012 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

For a movie of this caliber, then "Bad Ass" wasn't actually too bad.

"Bad Ass" is about Vietnam veteran Frank Vega (played by Danny Trejo) who moves into his mother's house after she passes away. He is enjoying an overnight Internet stardom as his acts of beating up two skinheads on a bus was caught on phone camera. Frank's friend gets killed, and seeing the police doing nothing about it, Frank decides to take things into his own hands.

This movie sort of have elements from "Gran Torino" and also some of the old Charles Bronson movies. Sure, it is all stuff that has been seen before, but it actually did come together nicely enough in the movie and worked out great. And Danny Trejo proves that, despite up there in years, that he still can perform and do physical movies.

The story-wise was sort of funny, sure it was unrealistic, but still it proved to be entertaining enough. However, the part with the young neighbor falling in love with him, was a bit too much, and not really a necessary part for the movie in whole. The showdown between Danny Trejo and Charles S. Dutton (playing Panther) was actually fun to watch.

Just don't expect to be challenged by a complex storyline, because it just ain't there. And try not to pay too much attention to the shoddy dialogue, just watch the movie for what it is; an aging Danny Trejo out for revenge.

"Bad Ass" is a no-brainer type of movie, just put it on, sit down and disconnect your brain. This movie is fun to watch and is actually entertaining. However, I doubt that I will watch it a second time at any point, the movie just didn't have enough weight to support that, at least not for me.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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