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Bad Santa (2003)

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

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Storyline

Willie T. Stokes is a convicted con man who's led a miserable life. He drinks heavily and constantly embarrasses himself publicly. He only works once a year dressed as Santa. But then come Christmas Eve, he and his pint-sized helper dwarf Marcus stage elaborate robberies and take their department stores for everything they got. This time around, Willie gets distracted by large women, a bartender who is attracted to Santas, and a kid who's convinced he's the real deal. However, Marcus must once again put up with Willie's heavy drinking and a series of incidents that constantly shoot themselves in the foot. Will Willie and Marcus make it to next Christmas? Or will this be the year the dynamic duo finally face justice? Written by halo1k

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Badder Santa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,292,952, 30 November 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,060,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,147,031
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Trivia

John Ritter' also appeared in Sling Blade (1996) with Billy Bob Thornton. They also starred together in the TV series "Hearts Afire". See more »

Goofs

Just before Willie wrecks the nativity donkeys in front of all the kids, he is shown collapsed lying down on the escalator with what looks like a broken bottle in his hand. In the next shot when he stands up and walks towards the donkeys the bottle is clearly whole. Then in the next shot it is broken again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Willie: Hey, can I get another drink down here?
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In loving memory of John Ritter See more »

Connections

Featured in Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Holly Jolly Christmas
(1962)
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Burl Ives
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Zwigoff
28 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Billy Bob Thornton has found his Josef Von Sternberg in Terry Zwigoff. As a revolting, immoral, insignificant Santa, Billy Bob is a wonder. His face is a moving, disturbing, hysterical reflection of his awareness. His life sucks. The cut from Miami to Billy Bob and his partner walking down the street in their Christmas costumes is, on its own, worth the price of admission. Terry Zwigoff has transformed the crumbs of society into a sophisticated, adult, art form. Billy Bob and his sensational young co star Brett Kelly create characters never seen before on the screen and as a consequence we cling on to their every nuance, incapable to predict what could happen next. That in itself makes Bad Santa a very welcome surprise and a great time at the movies.


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