DVD 91 mins IMDB 7.2 (16,795 votes)
Bad Santa - Unrated
Dimension Films (2003)
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USA  /  English

Billy Bob Thornton Willie T. Stokes
Tony Cox Marcus
Brett Kelly Thurman Merman
Lauren Graham Sue
Lauren Tom Lois
Bernie Mac Gin Slagel
John Ritter Bob Chipeska
Ajay Naidu Hindustani Troublemaker
Alex Borstein Milwaukee Mom W/Photo
Cloris Leachman Grandma
Lorna Scott Milwaukee Mother
Harrison Bieker Milwaukee Boy
Dylan Charles Milwaukee Bratty Boy
Billy Gardell Milwaukee Security Guard
Lisa Ross Milwaukee Bartender
Bryan Callen Miami Bartender (as Brian Callen)

Director Terry Zwigoff
Producer Sarah Aubrey; John Cameron; John Cameron Mitchell; Bob Weinstein
Writer Glenn Ficarra; John Requa
Cinematography Jamie Anderson
Musician David Kitay
User Credit 1 Robert Hoffman
User Credit 2 Wendy Chuck

The Christmas season just got a lot less joyous in this very dark comedy. Willie T. Soke (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. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 786936245042
Region Region 1
Chapters 19
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Pervasive language, strong sexual content and some violence. (also director's cut)
User Text 2 He doesn't care if you're naughty or nice.
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Trivia: Possibly a record for a Christmas film, the word "fuck" and its variations are used 147 times while "shit" appears 34 times amid a total of 243 "profanities". (more)

Goofs: Continuity: In the beginning of the movie, when Willy is drilling the first safe, he has a cut on his right cheek - the same cut he gets towards the end of the movie. After he gets the money out in the beginning, the cut disappears. (more)

[first lines]
Willie: Hey, can I get another drink down here?

Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 7 nominations (more)