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Little Nicky

Little Nicky promotional poster
Directed by Steven Brill
Produced by Jack Giarraputo
Robert Simonds
Written by Adam Sandler
Steven Brill
Tim Herlihy
Starring Adam Sandler
Patricia Arquette
Harvey Keitel
Rhys Ifans
Reese Witherspoon
Tom 'Tiny' Lister, Jr.
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography Theo Van de Sande
Editing by Jeff Gourson
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) United States:
November 10, 2000
Running time 90 minutes
Language English
Budget $85,000,000
Gross revenue $58,292,295 (worldwide)

Little Nicky is a 2000 comedy film directed by Steven Brill. It stars Adam Sandler as Nicky, one of Satan's three sons. It is the first film from Sandler's Happy Madison production company to receive a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.



The story revolves around a struggle to determine which of Satan's three sons will succeed their father (Keitel) as ruler of Hell. Adrian (Ifans) is the most devious, Cassius (Lister) is the cruelest, and Nicky (Sandler) is their father's favorite. Adrian and Cassius claim that Nicky's mother is a goat and torment him by controlling his body with their minds. Nicky has had a speech impediment and a disfigured jaw since Cassius hit him in the face with a shovel.

Having been the Prince of Darkness for ten thousand years, the Devil assembles his sons to decide which of them will succeed him, but instead he keeps the throne for himself. Angered by this decision, Adrian and Cassius go to Earth to create a new Hell by possessing religious and political leaders in New York City. As they leave, they freeze the entrance to Hell, preventing more souls from entering and causing Satan's body to begin decomposing. To stop Adrian and Cassius, Satan sends Nicky to Earth with a silver flask that traps whoever drinks from it inside.

At first, Nicky has trouble staying alive on Earth. He is killed several times, landing in Hell and returning to New York each time. While learning how to eat and sleep, he meets a talking bulldog named Mr. Beefy, rents an apartment with an actor named Todd (Covert), and falls in love with a design student named Valerie (Arquette).

Nicky's first encounter with his brothers occurs when Adrian sees him with Valerie, takes mental control of his body, and makes him scare her away. Then Nicky sees Cassius on television, possessing the referee of a Globetrotters game. When he goes to the court and tricks Cassius into the flask, Satanist metalheads John (Loughran) and Peter (Dante) are so thrilled with his performance that they become his devoted fans. That evening, Nicky tries to apologize to Valerie. The meeting goes badly at first, but she accepts him after he explains who he is and why he is on Earth.

The next day, Adrian possesses the Chief of the NYPD (McKean) and accuses Nicky of mass murder. Not knowing what to do, Nicky has Todd kill him so he can go back to Hell and ask his father for advice, but his father has trouble hearing because his ears have fallen off, and his assistants are in a panic because the midnight deadline to capture Adrian and Cassius is only hours away. Back on Earth again, Nicky and his friends devise a plan to capture Adrian in a subway station, but Adrian discovers their trick. In the ensuing fight, Adrian grabs Valerie and dives onto the track as a train approaches, but Nicky throws her out of the way, leaving himself and Adrian to be killed by the train.

Arriving in Hell just minutes before midnight, Adrian begins the process of taking over Hell by pushing what remains of his father aside and sitting on the throne, rising to Central Park, and starting a riotous party. Meanwhile, Nicky wakes up in Heaven as a reward for sacrificing himself and meets his mother (Witherspoon), an angel who tells him he can defeat Adrian with the Inner Light he inherited from her. After she gives him a mysterious orb, he goes to Central Park. Adrian appears to win a pitched battle by locking Nicky in the flask and turning himself into a bat, but Nicky escapes from the flask. When he shatters the orb, Ozzy Osbourne appears, bites Adrian's head off, and spits it into the flask.

With his brothers captured, Nicky is ready to save his father. After he sins to make sure he goes to Hell, he and Valerie express their love for each other and she kills him. In Hell, Satan regains his body and recommends that Nicky go back to Earth. The film ends a year later, when Nicky and Valerie live in New York with their infant son.




The concept for the Nicky character has roots in Gil Graham, whom Sandler portrayed on Weekend Update during his time on Saturday Night Live.[citation needed] Similarities include his speech pattern, hairstyle, and affinity for heavy metal music.

Angus Young of AC/DC was originally cast as Satan, but backed out prior to shooting, and was replaced by Harvey Keitel. Marilyn Manson also left the cast, due to schedule issues.[1]

The film is dedicated to Chris Farley, who died on December 18, 1997.

Culture References

In his role as Lucifer, Dangerfield delivers a version of his trademark "no respect" joke ("Even in Hell I get no respect").

The two Satanists show Nicky some backmask messages, with an ironic twist: Nicky explains that rock music such as that of Ozzy Osbourne did not use the strategy, but the decidedly more mainstream band Chicago did hide Satanic messages.

Ozzy's infamous bat bite is recreated when Nicky activates the orb.

Though John and Peter were also the names of the actors portraying them, coincidentally, John and Peter are the names of two key apostles of Jesus.


The film opened at #2 at the North American box office making $16 million USD in its opening weekend, behind Charlie's Angels, which was on its second consecutive week at the top spot. Critical reaction to the film was fairly poor. Based on 109 reviews collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 22% of critics gave Little Nicky a positive review.[2] Comedian and former Mystery Science Theater 3000 host Michael J. Nelson named the film the worst comedy ever made.[3] It was also nominated for five awards at the 21st Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture and Worst Actor (Adam Sandler).


  1. P.O.D. – " School of Hard Knocks"
  2. Incubus – "Pardon Me"
  3. Deftones – "Change (In the House of Flies)"
  4. Cypress Hill – "(Rock) Superstar"
  5. Insolence – "Natural High"
  6. Linkin Park – "Points of Authority"
  7. Disturbed – "Stupify (Fu's Forbidden Little Nicky Remix)"
  8. Unloco – "Nothing"
  9. Powerman 5000 – "When Worlds Collide"
  10. Muse – "Cave"
  11. Filter – "Take a Picture"
  12. Deftones – "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) (Acoustic)"

other song appearances

  1. Scorpions – "Rock You Like a Hurricane"
  2. AC/DC – "Highway to Hell"
  3. Foo Fighters – "Everlong"
  4. Van Halen – "Runnin' With the Devil"
  5. Zebrahead – "Now or Never"
  6. Lit – "Perfect One"
  7. Ozzy Osbourne – "Mama, I'm Coming Home"
  8. Ozzy Osbourne – "No More Tears"
  9. Ozzy Osbourne – "Flying High Again"
  10. Chicago – "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"
  11. The Dandy Warhols – "Bohemian Like You"
  12. The Stampeders – "Sweet City Woman"

Video game

A Game Boy Color game was released based on this film shortly after its release.


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