'R Xmas (2001)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  26 December 2001 (France)
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A New York drug dealer is kidnapped, and his wife must try to come up with the money and drugs to free him from his abductors before Christmas.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Wife
The Husband (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
Lisa Valens ...
Lisa, the Daughter
The Kidnapper
Denia Brache ...
Louie's Wife
Naomi Morales ...
The Niece
Niece's Husband
Accomplice No. 1 (as Andy Fiscella)
Thomas Murray ...
Accomplice No. 2
Edwin Martinez ...
Accomplice No. 3
Janis Corsair ...
Shopper No. 1
Anne Ackerman ...
Shopper No. 2
Frank Cuervo ...
Bike Pick Up Man (as Frank Antonio 'Anthony' Cuervo)


It's a few days before Christmas, and a Latin American couple living in New York City are preparing and packaging their heroin for street distribution. While the wife has her qualms about the ethics of drug dealing, both she and her husband know there's plenty of money to be made in the drug trade. The couple discovers one of their lower-level dealers may be talking to the police, but they soon have a bigger problem to deal with when the husband is kidnapped and held for a huge ransom. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong language, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »






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26 December 2001 (France)  »

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Character studies and drugs related storyline
13 May 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

(7/10) Abel Ferrara directs a powerful drama where law enforcement and drug dealers come together with emotional force. The central character is an "honest" drug dealer, kind to his family, helping the community out, oblivious to the fact that his decent lifestyle conflicts with the fact that drugs do a lot of damage (to put it mildly). A nice add-on to "Traffic", though even less satisfying as a narrative. Saw it at the Buenos Aires international film festival (2002) and queuing so long for a ticket perhaps made me more inclined to rate it highly as well.

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