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Bad Santa (2003)

Coming Out at 26 November 2003 in theaters

Comedy, Crime, Drama

Bad Santa is Christmas black comedy film directed by Terry Zwigoff and written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. It stars Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Lauren Graham, Brett Kelly, Lauren Tom, John Ritter, and Bernie Mac. It was Ritter’s last live-action film appearance before his death on September 11, 2003 (his remaining final films, Clifford’s Really Big Movie and Stanley’s Dinosaur Round-Up, were animated films); the film was dedicated to his memory. The Coen brothers are credited as executive producers. The film was released in the United States on November 26, 2003, and was screened out of competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. It received generally positive reviews and was a commercial success.

An unrated version was released on DVD on March 5, 2004 and on Blu-ray Disc on November 20, 2007 as Bad(der) Santa. A director’s cut DVD was released in November 2006; it features Zwigoff’s cut of the film (including an audio commentary with him and the film’s editor), which is three minutes shorter than the theatrical cut and ten minutes shorter than the unrated version. A sequel, Bad Santa 2, was released on November 23, 2016.

Willie T. Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) and his dwarf assistant Marcus Skidmore (Tony Cox) are professional thieves. Every year, Willie gets a job as a department store Santa Claus and Marcus as an elf to rob shopping malls at night, with Marcus’ wife Lois (Lauren Tom) as their getaway driver. Marcus takes his elf duties seriously, but Willie, a sex-addicted alcoholic, is gradually unable to perform with children, also affecting his safe-cracking abilities, much to Marcus’s displeasure. When they are hired at the Saguaro Square Mall in Phoenix, Willie’s vulgarity shocks the prudish mall manager Bob Chipeska (John Ritter), who brings them to the attention of security chief Gin Slagel (Bernie Mac).

Director: Terry Zwigoff

Writers: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, Lauren Tom, Tony Cox


Billy Bob ThorntonWillie
Tony CoxMarcus
Brett KellyThe Kid
Lauren GrahamSue
Lauren TomLois
Bernie MacGin
John RitterBob Chipeska
Ajay NaiduHindustani Troublemaker
Lorna ScottMilwaukee Mother
Harrison BiekerMilwaukee Boy
Alex BorsteinMilwaukee Mom with Photo
Alexandra KorhanGirl on Santa’s Lap
Dylan CharlesMilwaukee Bratty Boy
Billy GardellMilwaukee Security Guard
Lisa RossMilwaukee Bartender
Bryan CallenMiami Bartender
Tom McGowanHarrison
Grace CalderonBig Booty Woman
Christine PichardoPhoto Elf
Bucky DominickNintendo Deer Hunter 3 Boy
Georgia EskewBarbie Girl
Hayden BrombergFraggle-Stick Boy
Max Van VilleSkateboard Bully
Briana NortonPinball Girl
Octavia SpencerOpal
Hallie SingletonWoman in Food Court
Ryan PinkstonShoplifter
Natsuko OhamaPedicurist
Dave AdamsPrison Guard
Ethan PhillipsRoger Merman
Joey SaraviaPokemon Child
Cody StrauchWatching Boy
Marshall DvorinWatching Boy
Curtis TaylorPhoenix Security Guard
John BunnellPolice Chief
Joe Bucaro IIISergeant
Dylan CashKid on Bike
Cloris LeachmanGrandma
Matt WalshHerb

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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