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Bad Santa (2003) is an American Christmas black comedy film written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, directed by Terry Zwigoff, and starring Billy Bob Thornton , Bernie Mac , and Lauren Graham, with Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Tom, and John Ritter in supporting roles.

Plot

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.[1]

Cast

  • Billy Bob Thornton as Willie T. Stokes
  • Tony Cox as Marcus
  • Brett Kelly as Thurman Merman
  • Lauren Graham as Sue
  • Lauren Tom as Lois
  • Bernie Mac as Gin Slagel
  • John Ritter as Bob Chipeska
  • Octavia Spencer as Opal
  • Cloris Leachman as Granny (uncredited)
  • Alex Borstein as Milwaukee mom
  • Billy Gardell as Milwaukee Security Guard
  • Bryan Callen as Miami bartender
  • Tom McGowan as Harrison
  • Ajay Naidu as Indian immigrant
  • Ethan Phillips as Roger Merman
  • Matt Walsh as Herb (uncredited)
  • Max Van Ville as bully
  • Ryan Pinkston as shoplifter
  • Curtis Taylor as Phoenix Security Guard
  • Sheriff John Bunnell as Phoenix Police Chief

Trivia

  • The film was screened out of competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
  • An unrated version was released on DVD on March 5, 2004 and on Blu-ray Disc on November 20, 2007 as "Bad(der) Santa."
  • This was Ritter's last film appearance before his death in 2003.
  • The Coen brothers are credited as executive producers.

References

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