15 certificateBad Santa is a Film programme that first aired in 2003 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Bad Santa is a 4 star programme

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Bad Santa (2003)

Directed by
Terry Zwigoff

Billy Bob Thornton and the late Bernie Mac star in this darkly comic film that deviates from the usual norms for frivolously festive cinema.

This unconventional Christmas movie tells the tale of a booze-addled, perverted, foul mouthed department store Santa Claus, Willie T Stokes (Thornton), who, along with his trusty elf Marcus (Tony Cox), plans to rob the department store in which they work. But their scheme is thwarted when Willie befriends a lonely kid (Brett Kelley) who pricks the previously impervious conscience of Stokes. Another spanner in the works is provided by mall manager Bob Chipeska (the late John Ritter), who asks chief security guard Gin (Mac) to investigate Willie and Marcus' nefarious plans.

Thornton is excellent as the degenerate Santa and special mention also needs to be given to his partner in crime Marcus played by Tony Cox, a bad tempered African American dwarf complete with the traditional white Elf ears (an obvious dig at the lack of characters of varying ethnicity in other Christmas movies). Billed as the essential anti-Christmas movie, Bad Santa has gone on to achieve cult status and is the perfect antidote to the sickly sweet offerings which Hollywood traditionally churns out for the festive period.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2003

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA/Germany

Filmed in Colour


Image for Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton...Willie
Image for Tony CoxTony Cox...Marcus
Image for Brett KelleyBrett Kelley...The Kid
Lauren Graham...Sue
Image for Lauren TomLauren Tom...Lois
Bernie Mac...Gin
Image for John RitterJohn Ritter...Bob Chipeska
Ajay Naidu...Hindustani Troublemaker
Lorna Scott...Milwaukee Mother
Harrison Bieker...Milwaukee Boy
Alex Borstein...Milwaukee Mom with Photo
Dylan Charles...Milwaukee Bratty Boy
Billy Gardell...Milwaukee Security Guard
Lisa Ross...Milwaukee Bartender
Bryan Callen...Miami Bartender