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The Hebrew Hammer

4.1 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews

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THE HEBREW HAMMER stars Adam Goldberg in the title role of this holiday farce as a handsome Orthodox stud and man of action who is called upon to save Hanukkah. When Santa Claus’ evil son Damian (Dick) is pushed over the edge by his father’s liberal policies, he murders the Christian patriarch and, stepping into the vacated role, launches a nefarious worldwide campaign to eradicate the Jewish Holiday. The Hammer joins forces with Esther (Greer), the gorgeous daughter of the chief of the Jewish Justice League to topple Damian and save Hanukkah for future generations.

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A cross between a Kosher Shaft and Airplane!'s shameless gag machine, The Hebrew Hammer is an unabashed burlesque about a streetwise Jewish private detective (a "circumcised dick" in his own parlance) named Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg). Once ostracized by Gentile children, Mordechai has become a much-feared defender of Jews, so extreme that even the militant Jewish Justice League tosses him out. Until, that is, JJL leader Chief Bloomenbergansteinhal (Peter Coyote) and his lovely daughter Esther (Judy Greer) recruit him to take on the wicked Damien (Andy Dick), a snippy anti-Semite who murders Santa Claus in order to turn Christmas into a Jew-hating holiday. Written and directed by Jonathan Kesselman, this sporadically funny feature is based on a funkier short (included on this DVD) of the same name. The cast is better than the generally obvious material, and Nora Dunn (as Mordechai's mother) and Mario Van Peebles are very good in supporting roles. --Tom Keogh

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Product Details

  • Actors: Adam Goldberg, Andy Dick, Judy Greer, Mario Van Peebles, Peter Coyote
  • Directors: Jonathan Kesselman
  • Writers: Jonathan Kesselman
  • Producers: Aimee Schoof, Edward R. Pressman, Isen Robbins, John Schmidt, Josh Kesselman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002WZTQQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,507 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hebrew Hammer" on IMDb

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By A. Gyurisin on December 15, 2004
Format: DVD
Let me be absolutely clear, this movie is HYS-TER-IC-AL! In a world where the same three holiday movies are played over, and over, and over again in a complex form of brainwashing by our local networks, it was a pure delight to see something fresh, funny, and outstandingly original in the holiday film circuit. Director Jonathan Kesselman has done his homework with this project. By homework I mean watching "cult" classics like Hot Shots! and Airplane! while using a similar structure to develop his own unique blend of humor and satire. While watching this you will be surprised at how little you see coming. That is due to the fresh feel of this film. We have not seen many films like it lately, it on all levels it worked. It left me wanting more, oh so much more.

You can only credit the director for so much, it takes the talent from in front of the camera to really pull a film together. The feeling that actors have when doing a project definitely comes through the screen and onto the audience. Take Stepford Wives for example. You could tell that Kidman had no excitement on doing this project, and it consequently was horrible. I was never interested in Kidman's character because if she didn't care, why should I bother. This was not the case with The Hebrew Hammer. Goldberg was having a blast playing this zany yet kind character that cares more about his faith than anyone in the entire world. His eyes told the story, and allowed us to really follow this "leader" blindly into uncharted territory. I am an enormous fan of Andy Dick, not only does he carry my name, but he also bring to the screen his one style of comedy. He is notorious for being who he is, and while others may find him annoying, I only see him as comic genius a la Robin Williams.
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Ok, this is even more extreme than Uncle Mel ever intended to be.

If you do not like satirical humour, directed at *everyone*, DO NOT buy or view this movie.

If you loved Monty Python's "Life of Brian", "Meaning of Life", or Mel Brooks triumphs such as the "The Inquisition" and "Springtime for Hitler" musical numbers, and other such wonderful potshots at people who take themselves WAY too seriously, then this is a movie for you.

I am very very happy that this is finally being released, just in time for some celebratory viewing during Hanukkah.
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Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Well-done, Kesselman. Anyone who's familiar with the Jewish (and African-American) cultures can appreciate the humor in this film. I loved Adam Goldberg in this movie, he does so much for it, great casting. I am sorry I didn't know about this movie when it first came out!

If you want some good humor, and feel like taking a break from a hectic day, watch this!
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Yes, I am Jewish and yes, I love this movie and have I been waiting too long for this to come out on DVD? Does lox go with bagels? Mashugana! This is funny! First, I should say that anything that makes fun of stereotypes is for me. You know the plot so this is for those who aren't sure of they should buy this. Buy it! The poor people who made it are already filled with guilt. Don't make it worse for them. Give a little. Send it to a Jewish friend for Chanukah (the correct spelling). Don't have a Jewish friend? Shame on you! Go find one and then send this movie to them. They'll love it.
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I originally saw this film during it's pre-release airing on Comedy Central, at the suggestion of a college professor. It is one of the funniest movies out there. Jewish or no, it's a film all can enjoy, except maybe those who can't take a joke.

This film pulls no punches and is equal-opportunity when it comes to poking fun. So if you're ready for some political incorrectness and a lot of laughter, this is the movie to see!
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there were no holiday movies for jews. at least not funny ones. until now. we have the one adam sandler, and that's it. 2 movies in a world full of christmas movies. and this one embraces the three christmas time holidays....in an odd way.

i'm a jew who was raised mormon (pray for me) so somethings were lost to me specificly. but i have that friend, the orthodox jew, who has the overbearing, stereotypical, jewish mom. and he is now the woody allen type neurodic. then this movie made total sense. and it was funnier then ever. all of my jewish friends had that mom. and so did the hebrew hammer.

this movies is full of the stereo types, and every stereotype has a bit of truth to it (or they wouldn't exist in the first place), and this movie used them all. but not to alienate any one specific group. it starts and ends with a multicultural colaboration.

i loved this movie. it was funny, it's not pc, it pokes fun at everyone. it was not meant to be taken seriously. and at the end, everyone learns a lesson. just the way a holiday movies should be.
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I don't feel it necessary to repeat what has already been adequately covered in prior reviews here, but did want to throw out the idea of coming up with a sequel to the producers and entire cast. As a simple Buddhist "Goy-Boy", I thought this movie was a wonderful twist on the usual movie satires! It should bring all religous persuations to an even playing field and allow all people to just relax for a moment in joining your minds for just some simple laughter!
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