Santa Claus Is a Stinker

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Santa Claus Is a Stinker
Le père Noël est une ordure.jpg
Directed byJean-Marie Poiré
Produced byYves Rousset-Rouard
Josiane Balasko
Marie-Anne Chazel
Christian Clavier
Gérard Jugnot
Thierry Lhermitte
Bruno Moynot
Release date
  • 25 August 1982 (1982-08-25)
Running time
87 minutes
Box office$10.3 million[1]

Santa Claus Is a Stinker or Le père Noël est une ordure is a French comedy play created in 1979 by the troupe Le Splendid and turned into a film directed by Jean-Marie Poiré in 1982.[2]


Pierre a stuffy, self-righteous volunteer at a telephone helpline for depressed people and his well-meaning but naïve co-worker Thérèse, 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 tries to hit on Pierre, M. Preskovic who lives in the same building and always turns up unexpectedly to offer them various unappetizing pastries and Josette, a heavily pregnant woman on the run from her violent 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.

The origin of the doubitchous[edit]

Le Splendid in 1979 is at the origin of the movie of 1982.
Jean-Marie Poiré directed the production of the movie in 1982.

The pastries used in the film are a creation of Josiane Balasko who had traveled to Osijek, Croatia, the birthplace of her father. During her stay the actress discovered funny local specialties which gave her the inspiration of the doubitchous of the movie.[3][4]

The painting used in the movie[edit]

The painting depicting Therese with a pig used in the film is different from the one used for theater version Santa Claus Is a Stinker (theater) [fr]. Two different artists have painted the two pieces: Bernard de Desnoyers and Christoff Debusschere [fr].[5][6]

Today the painting that was used to shoot the film is in the hands of its author, Bernard de Desnoyers, who has kept the work.[7][8]

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.[9]



  1. ^ "Le père noel est une ordure". 1982.
  2. ^ "Le Père Noël est une ordure". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "16 choses que vous ignorez encore sur Le père Noël est une ordure". 22 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Le père-noël est une ordure, images des coulisses et secrets de tournage par Nath-Didile".
  5. ^ Interview du peintre E. Bardolle, élève de l'école d'Etampes.
  6. ^ Hervé. "Le Père noël est une ordure". Le fabuleux destin de Jack Pot.
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  8. ^ "Le Père Noël est une ordure : 5 choses que vous ne saviez peut-être pas sur le film".
  9. ^ "Mixed Nuts". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved May 22, 2016.

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