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Noel (2004)

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

USA | Canada

Language:

English

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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the hospital, the nurse behind the counter is seen with glasses. In one scene she removes the glasses. However when the shot changes, her glasses are back on and she removes them again. 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

We Three Kings
(as "Three Kings")
Written by John H. Hopkins (uncredited)
Arranged by David Snell
Courtesy of Promusic
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Noel is lovely holiday fare.
25 October 2004 | by lisa-398See all my reviews

Noel is lovely holiday fare. The tag line could be "Everything that happens, happens for a reason". This holiday story reveals characters that are easy to identify with and through the circumstances that unfold, their lives weave a tapestry of love, growth and the often overlooked kindness of humanity. The storyline and dialogue bring plenty of warm hearted sentimentality to the film which is nicely offset by incidents of comic relief. Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams deliver wonderful performances and you will find yourself deeply caring about their characters. Director Chazz Palminteri brings out another side of Paul Walker, proving that Mr. Walker can do more than just drive fast cars. Penelope Cruz is as lovely as ever lending inner beauty through her character as well. Alan Arkin plays a delightful character with a twist. The remaining cast, including a cameo by Mr. Palminteri, does a nice job of completing the ensemble and giving this story heart. Though the story revolves around the Christmas holiday, it may serve to remind us that each person is connected to one another within the human family no matter what the season.


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