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
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
Shopper No. 1
Anne Ackerman ...
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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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Rated R for strong language, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

26 December 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Christmas  »

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Annabella Sciorra was originally cast as The Wife but she later pulled out of the film. See more »


Referenced in A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara (2004) See more »

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Poor execution of a good premise...
21 December 2002 | by (san diego, ca) – See all my reviews

The whole movie seemed to suffer from poor editing - every scene seemed to take forever to unfold and when they did, I felt like I had waited a long time for very little to happen. I guess I missed the whole point of the movie - either that or there wasn't one.

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