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Bad Ass (2012)

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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.


Craig Moss





Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They messed with the wrong senior citizen.


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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Release Date:

13 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agir Abi See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Frank Vega's (Danny Trejo'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 »


A stuntman for Panther is clearly visible several times during fight scenes with Frank. See more »


Mayor Williams: And enough with the long text messages. What's up with those fucking happy faces. I hate that shit.
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References Delta Farce (2007) See more »


I'm A Bad All
Written by Kid Frost, Raul "Big Tank" Salinas)
Performed by Kid Frost and Big Tank
Published by Arturo Molina (BMI)
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User Reviews

Okay (barely) and somewhat uneven
22 April 2014 | by p-jonssonSee all my reviews

This is an okay (barely) popcorn flick. The basic concept is a good one for this kind of movie. At least I like that type of plot. The initial part must have been done in hundreds of movies. Our hero goes away to war, Vietnam in this case, and when he comes home his girlfriend have a husband and kids.

The rest of the movie revolves around Frank being a bad ass that clobbers most of the undesirable elements that crosses his path. Naturally a new lady turns up in the neighbourhood to add some romance to the movie. Of course this new lady have an abusive punk for husband so…clobbertime.

The main plot element is the fact that Frank's best friend is murdered and the police are slow to do something about it. So Frank goes about doing a bit of investigating himself. Of course most of the investigation ends up one way or another in some…clobbertime.

Not very surprising Frank does indeed find the bad guy at the end and in true American (Hollywood) manner a crocked mayor turn up under one of the rocks that gets overturned. Finding the bad guy do, surprise, surprise end up in some more…clobbertime.

That is pretty much the movie. A rather long knucklefeast loosely tied together with a passable (barely) script. Frank's "investigation" is more poking around and either instigating or simply ending up in various brawls. If your popcorn munching should be loud enough to disturb the dialogue, well it is not a big deal really. You're not missing much.

At the end of the movie it becomes exceptionally silly and unintelligent. Bleeding, visibly pi--ed off black guy walks up to bus and demands to be let in and the bus driver just opens the door. Yeah right. Then a Mexican guy follows and the next bus driver just gives him the keys. Come on! Nevertheless, as a popcorn flick it was an okay movie with some laughs and some good macho fist-fights.

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