Bad Santa

November 26th, 2003


Bad Santa

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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, and the security boss discovers the plot.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 7.2/10 (59,963 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Terry Zwigoff

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham

"Bad Santa" is the story of two conmen who go on a road trip to malls dressed as Santa and his elf. Rather than spreading good cheer, the duo's motive is to rob each establishment, a strategy that becomes complicated when they encounter an 8-year-old who teaches them the true meaning of Christmas.

Writers: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Billy Bob Thornton - Willie
Tony Cox - Marcus
Brett Kelly - The Kid
Lauren Graham - Sue
Lauren Tom - Lois
Bernie Mac - Gin
John Ritter - Bob Chipeska
Ajay Naidu - Hindustani Troublemaker
Lorna Scott - Milwaukee Mother
Harrison Bieker - Milwaukee Boy
Alex Borstein - Milwaukee Mom with Photo
Alexandra Korhan - Girl on Santa's Lap
Dylan Charles - Milwaukee Bratty Boy
Billy Gardell - Milwaukee Security Guard
Lisa Ross - Milwaukee Bartender

Taglines: He doesn't care if you're naughty or nice.


Official Website: Official Sony UK Site | Official site [Germany] |

Release Date: 26 November 2003

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,292,952 (USA) (30 November 2003) (2005 Screens)

Gross: $60,057,639 (USA) (21 March 2004)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (Director's cut)  | (unrated version)

Did You Know?

Ajay Naidu's character calls Billy Bob Thornton's character an "ass clown." Naidu was in Office Space, the movie that made the term "ass clown" popular when Michael Bolton (the singer) was referred to as a "no talent ass clown".

Continuity: Lois' left arm changes positions several times at the food court when Willie is on his lunch break.

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

User Review

I cant believe some of the comments...

Rating: 10/10

I think this movie was great. It has hilarious humour and its almost an unique growth story of a man that has grown tired of his miserable life and finds something worth fighting for.

The thing that bothers me is that some people criticize the film cause it has too bad language. In my opinion the used language is important part of the film. I wouldn't find the characters very "authentic" if they wouldn't use the kind of language they do.

Maybe its part of modern trend. People are shocked if somebody swears or shows a breast in TV and after that they go see some idiotic TV series or action movie where they kill 1000 people and not even blink.

Is the message "violence is OK, but sex/nudity and swearing is not" somehow logical? I think in the real life its quite the opposite.


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