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Noel (2004)

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

Director:

Chazz Palminteri

Writer:

David Hubbard

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Miracles are closer than you think

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2004 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ängel i New York See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was released into a 48-hour trial DVD after its theatrical release. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Something
Written by Cary Brothers
Performed by Cary Brothers
Guitar by Jason Kanakis
Courtesy of Procrastination Music
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A Lovely Magic Realism Holiday Romantic Fable
3 December 2004 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"Noel" is a lovely holiday fable that has been unfairly savaged by critics. I found it a charming matching of everyday hard knocks (though only shot partly in New York City) and magic realism.

Key to its attraction are two of the central characters amidst the ensemble Christmas Eve stories.

Susan Sarandon is marvelous as a 40-something woman dragged down by her Alzheimer's mother who undergoes in effect a walkabout through the city to reexamine her life.

Paul Walker is wonderful as a very macho, very New York cop whose explosive jealousy around his fiancée pushes her away. As she is Penelope Cruz in the only English-language role I've ever liked her in, his reaction to how guys look at her is grounded in some reality. His own reaction to her sexy private dancing for him ratchets up the seasonal temperature in terrific chemistry of his blue-eyed blond and her sultry darkness, though I don't know if the televised version on TNT cut anything from the theatrical version.

The central characters are touched by oddballs, played by Robin Williams and Allan Arkin, who are as unlikely as Clarence from "It's A Wonderful Life" or the old man in "Prelude to a Kiss," and similarly help them reach important epiphanies at dawn.

The pay-off also finally comes in a side story about a man with nostalgia for Christmas in the E.R., but is more heavy-handed.

The repeated jokes about straight guys misidentified as gay are of the heavy handed "Will and Grace" mode but are useful to specific plot points.


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