Le Père Noël est une ordure

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Le Père Noël est une ordure
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Directed by Jean-Marie Poiré
Starring Thierry Lhermitte
Gérard Jugnot
Christian Clavier
Josiane Balasko
Release date(s)
  • 25 August 1982 (1982-08-25)
Running time 87 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $10,287,758[1]

Le Père Noël est une ordure ("Santa Claus is a bastard") was a cult French theatre play created in 1979 by the troupe Le Splendid and turned into a film directed by Jean-Marie Poiré in 1982.


Pierre and Thérèse, two stuffy well-to-do volunteers at a telephone helpline for lonely and depressed people, are stuck with the Christmas Eve shift in the Paris office, much to their displeasure. The building's lift is malfunctioning, and they receive visits from unwanted callers: Katia, a depressed transvestite who wants to hit on Pierre, and Josette, a heavily pregnant woman on the run from her fiancé Félix. Félix is working as a Santa Claus during the season and turns up on her trail in costume and brandishing a gun. Félix and Josette, a caricature trailer trash couple, end up struggling over the gun and accidentally shooting dead the lift repairman, whom they then butcher and feed to zoo animals.

English (US) remake of the film[edit]

In 1994 the basic plot was used by writer/director Nora Ephron to develop the US film Mixed Nuts.



  1. ^ "Le père noel est une ordure (1982)". JP Box Office. Retrieved 1982-08-25. 

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