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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The Wife
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The Husband (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
Lisa Valens ...
Lisa, the Daughter
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The Kidnapper
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Louie
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Louie's Wife
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Aunt
Naomi Morales ...
The Niece
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Niece's Husband
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Thomas Murray ...
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Edwin Martinez ...
Accomplice No. 3
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Shopper No. 1
Anne Ackerman ...
Shopper No. 2
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Bike Pick Up Man (as Frank Antonio 'Anthony' Cuervo)
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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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Rated R for strong language, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »
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John Leguizamo was originally cast as The Husband and did some work on the script but eventually pulled out of the film. See more »

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The perfect xmas movie for modern America
15 December 2002 | by (Lubbock, TX) – See all my reviews

Ferrara does not know how to make an uninteresting movie. Whatever you think of the content of his films, everything he does is a stylish, riveting exercise in visual story telling. This movie is no exception. There's surprisingly little dialogue, but what there is sings with a sense of modern city life. The aural and visual atmosphere of New York City, both upscale and downscale, is rich and multi-layered, and the characters seem like people you've seen on the street, or in stores, or in clubs, many many times. I don't know how "real" the action of this movie might be, but it seems as real and believable to me as anything I've seen on screen in a good long while. This is the perfect holiday movie for 21st century America, and a near-ideal expression of the meaning of modern Christmas.


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