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'R Xmas -- 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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14 December 2001 (Italy) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Drea de Matteo ... The Wife

Lillo Brancato ... The Husband (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
Lisa Valens ... Lisa, the Daughter

Ice-T ... The Kidnapper

Victor Argo ... Louie

Denia Brache ... Louie's Wife

Gloria Irizarry ... Aunt
Naomi Morales ... The Niece

Nelson Vasquez ... Niece's Husband

Andrew Fiscella ... 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)

Antone Pagán ... The Party Doll Guy (as Antone Pagan)
John Robert Tramutola ... Child Scrooge (as John R. Tramatola III)

Meredith Ostrom ... Elfie
Dan Sweeney ... Santa Claus
Andrew Lasky ... Security Guard
Bersalde Vega ... Toy Store Manager
James R. Bilz ... High Rise Doorman
Raymond 'Voodoo Ray' Ultarte ... Parking Attendant
Luis Santos ... Tio

Begonya Plaza ... Tio's wife (as Begonia Plaza)
Orran Farmer ... Sucio
Jamal Simmons ... Trey (as Jamal 'Redrum' Simmons)
Oscar Tevez ... Gypsy Cab Driver (as Oscar S. Tevez)
Rosa Nino ... Gypsy Cab Driver's Wife
Clarence Dorsey ... Bronx Dealer No. 1

Roman Rivera ... Felipe
Javier Nunez ... Felipe's Brother (as Javier 'Java' Núñez)
Jay 'J-Dog' Dog ... Felipe's Bodyguard

Anthony Ortiz ... Latino Dealer No. 1 (as Anthony 'Dust' Ortiz)

Benny Nieves ... Priest

Victor Pagan ... Needy P.R. Husband
Yolanda Nieto ... Needy P.R. Wife
Louise Colon ... Neighbor
Petra Quinones ... Stash Pad Old Lady
Jose 'Pepe' Castillo ... Guitarist

Carlos Leon ... Husband's Friend
Raul Acosta ... Night Club Band Member
Anthony Rodriguez ... Night Club Band Member
Jarol Ceralios ... Night Club Band Member
Juan De La Cruz ... Night Club Band Member
Jesús Martínez Jr. ... Night Club Band Member
Felix Taveras ... Night Club Band Member
Amilcar Torres ... Night Club Band Member
Idelfonso Gutierrez ... Night Club Band Member
Fabio Lovera ... Night Club Band Member
Ramel De La Cruz ... Night Club Band Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Bernaber ... Lilo's Nephew
Rosibel Bernaber ... Lilo's Niece

John Bryant ... Student (as John Bryant Davila)
Joanne Clare ... Dance Instructor

Luis Gonell ... Club patron

Jamie Gonzalez ... Drug Dealer / Bodyguard

Lola Pagnani
David Rodriguez ... Lilo's Nephew

Daria Rumi ... Party Doll Guy's Wife (uncredited)

Directed by
Abel Ferrara 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cassandra De Jesus  story
Abel Ferrara 
Scott Pardo 

Produced by
John P. Adams .... line producer
Barry Amato .... executive producer
Stefano Celesti .... executive producer
Cassandra De Jesus .... associate producer
Frank DeCurtis .... co-producer
Denis Heraud .... co-producer
Pierre Kalfon .... producer
Richard Klug .... co-producer
Tony Trimarco .... associate producer
Original Music by
Schooly-D  (as Schoolly D.)
Cinematography by
Ken Kelsch 
Film Editing by
Patricia Bowers 
Bill Pankow 
Suzanne Pillsbury 
Casting by
Louis DiGiaimo  (as Louis Digiaimo)
Production Design by
Frank DeCurtis 
Set Decoration by
Guido DeCurtis 
Costume Design by
Debra Tennenbaum 
Makeup Department
Maryann Marchetti .... additional makeup artist
Evelyne Noraz .... key makeup artist
Thom Timan .... hair stylist
Production Management
Stefano Celesti .... production manager
Frank DeCurtis .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vebe Borge .... first assistant director
Louis Guerra .... second assistant director
Art Department
Dimitri Apletchef .... set dresser
Dan Aronson .... set dresser
Julia Barraclough .... scenic artist
Shirley Belwood .... assistant property master (as Shirley Bellwood)
James R. Bilz .... property master
Ewok .... graffiti artist
Chris Jordan .... on-set dresser
Michael Leather .... set dresser
Karen Mandelbaum .... stained glass icons
Marcus Mazza .... graffiti artist
Jonathan Rose .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Ken Hahn .... re-recording mixer
John Hassler .... audio post-production: Sync Sound, Inc.
David Jaunai .... adr mixer
Raymond Karpicki .... dialogue editor
Thomas Kodros .... stereo sound technician: Dolby (as Tom Kodros)
Lawrence Loewinger .... boom operator (as Larry Loewinger)
Bill Marino .... audio post-production: Sync Sound, Inc.
Dow McKeever .... sound effects editor
Marsha McKeever .... sound editor
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Michael Ruschak .... adr mixer
Robert Taz Larrea .... boom operator (as Robert Larrea)
Karl Wasserman .... boom operator
Rick Wessler .... foley artist
Alfredo Viteri .... sound utility (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Beaman .... best boy grip (as Dan Beaman)
John Clifford .... still photographer
Angelo Di Giacomo .... first assistant camera (as Angelo Digiacomo)
Pat Donovan .... company grip (as Patrick Donovan)
Steve Drellich .... camera operator (as Steven L. Drellich)
Richard Eliano .... camera operator
John Flanagan .... company electrician
Pyare Fortunato .... first assistant camera
Damian Gonzales .... company electrician
Tim Guinness .... gaffer (as Timothy Guinness)
Alec Hirschfeld .... camera operator
Robert Kummert .... key grip
Dennis A. Livesey .... first assistant camera (as Dennis Livesey)
James Mah .... company electrician
Tim McAuliffe .... best boy electric
Thomas McGrath Woods .... company grip (as Tom Woods)
John Paul McIntyre .... dolly grip (as Jack McIntyre)
George Pattison .... camera operator
Mike Price .... company electrician
Collin Quinlan .... company electrician
Larry Riley .... still photographer
Kory Salomone .... first assistant camera (as Kory Salamone)
Mike Sime .... video playback technician
Justin Vanson .... company grip
Casting Department
Stephanie Corsalini .... additional casting
Lou DiGiaimo Jr. .... additional casting (as Lou Digiaimo Jr.)
Jessy Terrero .... extras casting: T & T Casting
Ulysses Terrero .... extras casting: T & T Casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nina Johnston .... wardrobe supervisor
Pamela Kezal .... additional wardrobe (as Pam Kezal)
Yvette Stapleton .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Julia Van Vliet .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Evelyn Arroyo .... editorial consultant
Mike Fay .... assistant film editor (as Michael Fay)
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
Location Management
Michael Anthony .... location manager
Michael Fucci .... assistant location manager
Clare Lord .... location assistant
Philip Schulz .... location scout (as Philip L. Shulz)
Music Department
Ray Palagy .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Theodore Brown Jr. .... teamster driver (as Ted Brown Jr.)
George Campbell .... teamster driver
Kevin Flynn .... transportation coordinator
Irv Gooch .... picture cars
Tom Heilig Jr. .... teamster driver (as Tom Helig Jr.)
Timothy Paustian .... teamster driver (as Tim Paustian)
Other crew
Leon Adair Jr. .... parking coordinator (as Leon Adair)
Alphonso Armstrong .... package printing: Party Girl
Gina Baez .... doll consultant
Donna L. Bascom .... legal services (as Donna Bascom)
Liza Bigger .... set production assistant
Cyndi Brenner .... production coordinator
Frank DeCurtis Jr. .... assistant to director
Ric Dispenseri .... news footage: ABC Newsource
Gina Giordano .... caterer: Premiere Caterers
Jennifer Haber .... assistant production coordinator
Corey Hennig .... assistant to producer
Michael Hernandez .... caterer: Premiere Caterers (as Mike Hernandez)
Rick Josephson .... computers: Crocodile Computers
Jay Julien .... attorney
Simone Lageoles .... continuity
Marc Mendez .... set production assistant
Scott Mickulas .... set production assistant
George Nannas .... chef
Jesse Nye .... set production assistant
Heidi Pena .... assistant production accountant
Paul Polow .... set production assistant
George Sheanshang .... legal services
Rita Spallone .... bank services: The Chase Manhattan Bank
Tony Trimarco .... production accountant
Alfonso Trinidad .... key set production assistant
Michael L. Walker .... set production assistant (as Michael Walker)
Rick Washburn .... armorer
Howard Weiner .... video playback services: Video 35
Hughroy Williams .... set production assistant
Anna Bravo .... special thanks
Sherie Harding .... special thanks
Louis Katz .... special thanks (as Dr. Louis Katz)
Casper Martinez .... special thanks (as Caspar Martinez)
Marsha McKeever .... special thanks
Ray Palagy .... special thanks
Jimmy Rodriguez .... special thanks: Jimmy's Bronx Café
Kimberly Siler .... special thanks
Michael Zansky .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong language, drug content and some violence
85 min
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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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Kidnapping disrupts drug dealer's life, 30 May 2016
Author: msroz from United States

I've observed that Abel Ferrara's films generate polarized reviews: hate them and love them, lousy and genius. I've seen many of his films now. I rated "New Rose Hotel" as 5/10, "Ms .45" as 8/10, "The Funeral" as 6/10, Body Snatchers" as 6/10. Others I've seen but not rated, so I'll have to watch them again some day. Overall, I like his films. I find them personal, that is, he does things his own way. He has his own sense of pacing, which is far from conventional. His concept of what makes a scene work is unconventional -- he likes to have the actors improvise or at least it seems that way. He has themes that he's especially interested in. He makes good use of his New York habitat. He's not that interested necessarily in generating tension or momentum. He's an auteur who has generated quite an extensive body of work. Really, ratings are not that central here. The question is whether or not you like being invited to Abel Ferrara's "house" of movies, so to speak, to spend some time with him now and then. I'm used to it and find it's all right. I like films in general, however. I give most movies a break to begin with.

This film has a helluva performance from leading lady, Drea de Matteo. Her husband in the film is very good too, Lillo Brancato. They lead a good life, a good family life, the source of their plentiful money being drug sales. He's an upper-level dealer. This good life is rudely interrupted by a kidnapping of him, with Ice T being the man in the gang who interacts with de Matteo. The movie is quite static with a long buildup to the kidnapping. Quite a lot of slack here. From where I sit, this is a fault or weak point in the story, even though I give him the benefit of doubt. One can only be so patient.

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