You wouldn’t like Santa when he’s mad.
The Saint Nick in question is a bank robber wearing a costume, but, as played by the always-imposing Christopher Plummer, he’s a savage.
And he’s royally pissed.
Bank teller Elliott Gould, realizing a robbery is going down, stashes a chunk of money prior to the holdup, then strolls away with the loot himself.
That sets up a cat and mouse game between thieves — hardened professional and opportunistic first-timer — with a script by future L.A. Confidential director Curtis Hanson.
Someone’s getting coal for Christmas, but not the people who made this late ’70s gem.