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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?


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 »


Rose: I like to think my life matters.
Charlie: Oh, your life matters, you've touched other people's lives in ways you don't even realize.
Rose: How do you know that?
Charlie: Cause you've touched my life.
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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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No critics, just film lovers please!
7 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why try to be a film critic? I cannot understand why people can't just sit back and enjoy a very sweet film without picking out every imperfection. Noel is a movie with a lot of heart. Alan Arkin gives an excellent performance as well as Susan Sarandon. While others may not enjoy this movie because it depicts what the holidays are actually like for millions of people, I found it to represent the loss of connection we have all come to know to well. I think that the message is clear, that people need each other to live a life of substance. As individuals we are lost, but with friends, family and love we have hope. I hope the person that fell asleep watching this film did so next to a wife,husband or life partner and that they just didn't appreciate the film because they can't comprehend what it is like to be alone. I will watch this film every year with my family. It will remind us to be grateful for having each other. Thank you Chazz for taking the time to make this film.

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