Bad Santa

November 26, 2003 0 By Fans
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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

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


Tony Cox


Brett Kelly

The Kid

Lauren Graham


Lauren Tom


Bernie Mac


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

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


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

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

Technical Specs



(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".


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


[first lines]

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.