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Noel (2004)

PG | | Drama | 26 November 2004 (Italy)
Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.


Chazz Palminteri


David Hubbard

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Rose Collins
Paul Walker ... Mike Riley
Penélope Cruz ... Nina Vasquez (as Penelope Cruz)
Alan Arkin ... Artie
Marcus Thomas ... Jules Calvert
Sonny Marinelli ... Dennis
Daniel Sunjata ... Marco
Chazz Palminteri ... Arizona
Rob Daly ... Paul
John Doman ... Dr. Baron
Billy Porter ... Randy
Carmen Ejogo ... Dr. Batiste
Donna Hanover ... Debbie Carmichael
Merwin Mondesir ... Glenn
Una Kay Una Kay ... Helen


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Noel See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was released into a 48-hour trial DVD after its theatrical release. 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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Referenced in A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011) See more »


Arranged by Tena Clark
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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tear-jerker - have the tissues nearby
22 December 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In need of some Christmas spirit, I decided to watch "Noel" from 2004. All I saw was the name Susan Sarandon, so I didn't realize that the late Paul Walker and the late Robin Williams, who died within nine months of each other, were also in this film. Reason enough to cry right there.

Noel is the story of several people on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Walker is Mike, a police officer, engaged to Nina (Penelope Cruz). His jealousy is tearing apart their relationship. He has another problem. Artie (Alan Arkin) who runs a coffee shop is extra-attentive and shows up at Mike's house with a wild story.

Sarandon's character, Rose, is a successful book editor who is divorced. She is caring for her mother, who has Alzheimer's and doesn't talk. In the next room there is a man who seems to be in a coma. He's always alone, so Rose, as she's decorating her mother's room, goes into his room and puts an angel on his window. In the corner of the room, behind the door, sits Charlie (Robin Williams), who startles her.

Rose meets Nina after she leaves Mike and goes to her family's Christmas Eve dinner. And she runs into Williams again; he has a bizarre story as well.

Then there's Marcus who has someone to break his hand so he can be in the hospital on Christmas. As a child, it was his best Christmas ever. We can assume from that he didn't have a very happy upbringing. Mike, Dennis, and Artie all end up at the hospital at the same time.

This is a really lovely film about miracles and angels who walk the earth whom we don't recognize as such, and how we can touch each other's lives without knowing it. It was very sweet and uplifting and, as I said, a massive tearjerker given the presence of the two late stars. One chose death; one had death thrust upon him. Either way, it's tragic.

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