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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?


The name of the character "Amber Lamps" is based on a quote from the original AC Transit Bus Fight video. Upon getting hit in the face, one of the men in the video requests an ambulance but mispronounces it as "amber-lamps". See more »


After visiting a bar in search of Terrance, Vega walks down the street with a big bag of probably groceries. He gets into the car with his cop friend and they chat for a while, then Vega leaves a car without a bag. See more »


Frank Vega: I told you I didn't wanna fight.
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References Delta Farce (2007) See more »


Six Million Ways To Die
Written by Kid Frost & Clika One
Performed by Kid Frost & Clika One
Published by Arturo Molina (BMI)
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User Reviews

Not Bad But Not That Good
27 March 2013 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

This is a low-budget entry in a sub-genre. The Geriatric, OG, Geezer, violent Vigilante Movie. With the aging Baby Boomers we are likely to see quite a few more. It has always been cathartic to see Superheroes and maybe regular Folks standing up to oppression and intimidation. From Robin Hood to Batman to Paul Kersey to Harry Brown, we get satisfaction from their noble efforts.

In this one Danny Trejo gets to show some good acting chops as an against type, soft spoken, good hearted Bad Ass. He is quite good here with more range than usual and demonstrates why he has so many devoted fans.

The Film itself is not very well constructed and has some barely needed and sometimes embarrassing subplots, like the fetching Female neighbor with the cute and wise-cracking Son. But the action is acceptable and quite violent at times.

Not a bad Movie but does not quite rise to the level of a Cult Movie with staying power or a gritty real-life Noir. It really does not know what it wants to be and for that matter and that lack of direction the Film fails to be better than a standard B-Movie.

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