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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
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


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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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 »


When Frank first crashes his bus, the front headlights on left side are demolished. In the next scene they are ok, and functioning again. See more »


Frank Vega: I told you I didn't wanna fight.
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References The Specialist (1994) See more »


Y Porque Perder
Written and Performed by Pancho and Sancho
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User Reviews

Good music theme
13 April 2012 | by ee01239See all my reviews

Oh I got so disappointed with this movie... It did really started well it was a clever speech that was opening for a great story. But then it was like they changed director, everything suddenly gets predictable and boring and you are already seeing the ending in middle way.

Well nevertheless the acting is not bad at all (except for some lame parts) and there are some cool fight scenes and some other a bit disordered action shoots. I liked the soundtrack, very nice hip hop themes, and I liked how the main character followed the clues.

It's a movie that could had evolved on something much more thrilling but if you just want to relax with nothing too complex to mess around with your head it's a nice movie. I mean you can even watch it with kids, not a big problem, but for me it's definitely not what I look forward in a movie.

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Release Date:

13 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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