Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Vasquez (as Penelope Cruz)
Rob Daly ...
Una Kay ...


Christmas Eve in New York, and the lonely divorced publisher, Rose Collins, needs a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimers. She feels sorry for another patient and meets his visitor. Meanwhile, Nina Vasquez breaks her engagement with her beloved fiancé Mike due to his suffocating jealousy, but misses him. Mike is stalked by a stranger, bartender Artie Venzuela. The poor Jules arranges to spend Christmas Eve in the hospital, where he spent the best Christmas of his life when he was a teenager. The lives of some of these characters cross with others along the night. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Miracles are closer than you think



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sensuality, thematic material and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 November 2004 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Ängel i New York  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$59,130 (South Africa) (25 November 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Two of the stars of the film died within a 9 month period. Paul Walker died instantly in a car crash in November 2013, while uncredited costar Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide in August of 2014. See more »


When Rose enters her office, she hangs up her red beret on a coat hanger. She hangs her jacket up on the same hanger, and as she walks to her desk the beret falls off. However, after she has sat down at her desk, the beret appears back on the coat hanger. See more »


Artie: I thought I was never gonna see you again.
Mike: Hi. Long time no see. Should I get the nurse?
Artie: No. What are you still doing here?
Mike: I was waiting for you to wake up.
Artie: Thanks so much for helping me out. I'm - I'm very, very grateful.
Mike: Your welcome. Artie, listen to me. I want you to know something. I forgive you.
Artie: Huh?
Mike: You understand? It's over. I forgive you for everything.
[Artie starts to cry and Mike kisses his forehead, sniffling as well, then he sees Artie's son, Paul]
Mike: Looks like there's someone here ...
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »


Winter Light
Performed by Adam Pascal
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
© Menken Music (BMI) and Grey Dog Music (ASCAP)
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You understand? It's over. I forgive you for everything.
9 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The old Calypso song goes "If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife." But, what are you supposed to do if your fiancé is Penelope Cruz? That is Paul Walker's (The Fast and the Furious) problem, and he has a jealous streak. Who wouldn't with Cruz, but it is going to kill his upcoming marriage. No problem, Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) comes to the rescue in a strange way and saves the day.

But, Walker isn't the only one with a problem. Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) has a mother with Alzheimer's and her life is a mess. Who to save her but a burned-out priest (Robin Williams). Well, they really save each other.

This is a sentimental Christmas tale with some laughs, but it is mostly about Christmas miracles. Watch it for the great cast.

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