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Noel (2004)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  26 November 2004 (Italy)
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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)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Throughout shooting the film on location in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Susan Sarandon would catch a 45-minute flight from New York City (where she lives) to Montreal. One return flight from Montreal turned into a reported 14+ hour ordeal due to a blizzard that shutdown most of the East Coast. 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 »


Charlie: Your mother wants you to live your life Rose.
Rose: You don't know my mother.
Charlie: She knows you love her and you're there for her.
Rose: Why are you doing this?
Charlie: Because she told me to tell you.
Rose: That's not funny, you're scaring me.
Charlie: No Rose, listen to me, I don't have much time.
Rose: No I...
Charlie: Rose, please listen to me.
Rose: I don't want to listen.
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »


Written by Cary Brothers
Performed by Cary Brothers
Guitar by Jason Kanakis
Courtesy of Procrastination Music
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User Reviews

Modern Day Holiday Classic
23 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I started watching this expecting a typical TV movie of the week. Excellent writing, directing, and acting by a great cast make it so much more. "Noel" is a beautiful story that is set in New York City on Christmas Eve and follows several characters whose lives intersect including Susan Sarandon as a lonely single woman caring for a sick mother, Paul Walker as an engaged man who can't seem to feel secure in his relationship with his fiancée(Penelope Cruz), and Alan Arkin as a man with a past that he can't seem to move on from. Themes of loneliness, jealousy, regret, are covered as well as love, acceptance, and reconciliation. If you are looking for a feel good tearjerker to watch over the holiday, I highly recommend this under seen gem.

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