Bad SantaDirector: Terry Zwigoff, Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly
The Christmas season just got a lot less joyous in this very dark comedy. Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton) is a con man and a thief who teams up with his friend Marcus (Tony Cox), a midget, for a very special scam each year during the holiday season. Willie gets a job as Santa Claus at a shopping mall, his pal tags along as an elf, and they use their employee status to crack mall security and rob stores blind just before Christmas. However, there's one flaw to this plan -- Willie is a bitter, foul-mouthed and perpetually grouchy alcoholic who doesn't care for kids, and it's all he can do to keep himself from getting fired while on the job. The mall's manager (John Ritter, in his last film appearance) is certain something's wrong with the Santa he's hired, so he asks the mall's chief of security (Bernie Mac) to do some research on Willie. Meanwhile, one of the kids Willie is forced to talk to becomes a regular customer; overweight, awkward, and the frequent target of bullies, the boy manages to arouse something like sympathy from Willie, who tries to give him some advice and develops something vaguely resembling Christmas sprit along the way. Bad Santa was directed by Terry Zwigoff, who enjoyed previous success with Crumb and Ghost World.
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- Miramax Lionsgate
Cast & Crew
|Billy Bob Thornton||Willie T. Stokes|
|Brett Kelly||Thurman Merman|
|Bernie Mac||Gin Slagel|
|John Ritter||Bob Chipeska|
|Ajay Naidu||Hindustani Troublemaker|
|Alex Borstein||Milwaukee Mom W/Photo|
|Joe Bucaro||Sgt. Mick|
|Ethan Phillips||Roger Merman|
|Lorna Scott||Milwaukee Mother|
|Harrison Bieker||Milwaukee Boy|
|Dylan Charles||Milwaukee Bratty Kid|
|Billy Gardell||Milwaukee Security Guard|
|Lisa Ross||Milwaukee Bartender|
|Bryan Callen||Miami Bartender|
|Grace Calderon||Woman In Tight Pants|
|Christine Pichardo||Photo Elf|
|Max Van Ville||Skateboard Bully|
|Bucky Dominick||Deer Hunter 3 Boy|
|Georgia Eskew||Barbie Girl|
|Hayden Bromberg||Fraggle-Stick Boy|
|Briana Norton||Pinball Girl|
|Octavia L. Spencer||Opal|
|Hallie Singleton||Woman In Food Court|
|Dave Adams||Prison Guard|
|Joey Saravia||Pokemon Child|
|Cody Strauch||Watching Boy|
|Curtis Taylor||Phoenix Security Guard|
|Sheriff John Bunnell||Police Chief|
|Chloe Colville||Crying Girl|
|Alexandra Korhan||Girl On Santa's Lap|
|Tonya Renee Banks||Stand In For Marcus|
|Peter Quartaroli||Stand In For Willie|
|Michael Dansk||Stand In For Willie|
|Tonya Renee Banks||Stunts|
|Peter Borck||Art Director|
|Greg Ten Bosch||Sound Editor|
|Bradley J. Bovee||Stunts|
|Lynn Christopher||Set Decoration/Design|
|Wendy Chuck||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Billy Clevenger||Camera Operator|
|Ethan Coen||Executive Producer,Original Story|
|Joel Coen||Executive Producer,Original Story|
|Jennifer Elizabeth Davis||Stunts|
|Jim Hensz||Asst. Director|
|Jim Henz||Asst. Director|
|Gary Jay||Camera Operator|
|Jason W. Jennings||Sound Editor|
|David Kitay||Score Composer|
|Erin Lenk||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Rachel Levy||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Annie Miller||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Hugh A. O'Brien||Stunts|
|Luma Pictures||Special Effects|
|Natalie Richards||Set Decoration/Design|
|Natalie Richardson||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jimmy N. Roberts||Stunts|
|Ben R. Scott||Stunts|
|Sharon Seymour||Production Designer|
|Susan Strubel||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Linda Thayer||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Cindi Reece Thorne||Makeup|
|Peter D. Weirter||Stunts|
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this movie was hilarious, the only reason i gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because some of the vulgarity was a bit too much. overall the movie was great and i recommend it.
Laugh out loud comedy. Not for for children.
Comedy is difficult to do on the big screen. Most comedy movies are just not funny. This however is a gut buster. Could not stop laughing. The dialouge is clever and comic, and marvelously delivered in beliveable and comedic preformances. Great writing, great acting and great direction the three elements that make a great picture are all present here.
This movie was vulgar, dirty, and ugly. Oh, and it was hilarious too. I laughed almost continuously throughout. I thought every character pulled his weight, even the kid who played Thurman Merman. This is easily Thornton's best performance since Sling Blade. John Ritter also provides a great turn as the uptight manager, a great note to end a career early. It's unfortunate that he passed away because he really got to showcase his potential as a comedic actor, this was far funnier than he ever got to be on television.
In a different type of Christmas spirit. Billy Bob Thorton is great as a self-loathing Santa and then screwing every woman he meets while drinking his liver to oblivion. John Ritter, RIP, deserves his props for playing a wonderfully subdued character of a tight-ass businessman. This movie does not pull any punches, it stabs everybody. Enjoy, and Happy Christmas to All!
I wasn't overjoyed to see this movie at first, but a friend talked me into to going and I am glad I did, I couldn't stop laughing. I totally agree that this film is not for everyone. It is intended for those who can look at things, even serious things, humorously. The movie has some vulgar moments but truth be told most things do. Just please take some advice and keep in mind it is a movie, meant to make a person laugh and not think about reality. I personally enjoyed it and will be purchasing it when it comes out tomorrow 06/22/04.
This movie is absolutely hilarious. I could watch it over and over and over!!
You know how Christmas is normally filled with joy and cheer? NOT ANYMORE. This dark comedy will make you howl with laughter and make you laugh so hard and often, your stomach will hurt after the credits roll. This is definitely one of those movies that should not be viewed by kids. There is scene after scene after scene of vulgar and comedic outrageousness that you can't help but love it. This movie is so outrageous that I literally rolled on the floor in the movie theater. I didn't care who was looking. After viewing this movie, you then will agree that not much matches the humor of a drunk con-artist in a Santa Claus outfit.
I literally peed in my pants! This movie is hilarious!
This movie is the Director's Cut and it is horrible! There were so many scenes that were eliminated! There is no Advent Calendar with Chocolates. There is no longer the scene where John Ritter tries to fire them and they tell him he can't because of the Elf being black and a midget. Also eliminated is the scene where he eats the chocolates and then "fixes" the box later. Now I have to go back and order the unedited version.
OMG, this is a classic. This is the movie where I really discovered BBT. His portrail of Santa is extreme and ever so clever. I loved it. John Ritter was fantastic. The kid was a hoot. Tony and Bernie were the best. This has become part of our family Christmas movie roster, slid in between Charlie Brown, The Grinch, and The Christmas Story. The language and content is not for kids or the faint of heart, but that is the beauty of it all. It is perfectly placed and the timing was perfect. I laugh out loud every time. My copy is well worn!
This movie is hilarious! Must see it! You might be able to find it cheaper though on sellbits.com or ebay
What can I say about the language in this film? As entertainment the F word is used so often it flys in the face of all sensibility. The character is so improbable and unlikeable that my hat goes of to Mr Thornton. Dont buy this movie..unless your totally bored..
THIS MOVIE IS HORRIBLE! EVERY OTHER WORD IS FU*K. AND QUITE SERIOUSLY, I DID NOT SEE THE HUMOR. BILLY BOB...I THINK IT'S TIME YOU GAVE UP ACTING AND GOT A SECURITY GIG WITH GARY COLEMAN.