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Drama in which five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle. Susan Sarandon plays Rose, a widowed editor who spends way too much time at the hospital bed of her Alzheimers-stricken mother. Charlie (Robin Williams) is the mysterious fellow who later prevents her from possibly jumping in the East River. Meanwhile Nina (Penelope Cruz) gets tired of the violently jealous outbreaks of her cop boyfriend, Mike (Paul Walker), and breaks their engagement. An obsessive old waiter (Alan Arkin) is convinced Mike is the reincarnation of his dead wife, while in another story a troubled young man (Marcus Thomas) attempts to smash up his hand so he can attend an emergency room Christmas party.

Starring:
Donna Hanover, Marcus Thomas
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Noel

Product Details

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Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Donna Hanover, Marcus Thomas, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Alan Arkin, Paul Walker, Penelope Cruz
Director Chazz Palminteri
Genres Drama
Studio LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 5 December 2005
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Varied Read on 30 Dec 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Just saw this on the TV over Christmas, and I have to say it was a wonderful and uplifting film - yet a tearjerker too. A magical delight. The acting was excellent (such big stars yet a film I've never heard of?) and everyone was perfectly cast. A seemingly high end production. It would make a lovely Christmas present for someone - definitely one to buy.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By James Michael Smith on 6 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
Just watched this film last night, and I loved it so much I felt the need to tell people! I've only ever written one other review for amazon, but the fact that no one seems to have heard of this film, coupled with the fact that its so good, made me write this!

Noel is a drama film, with moments of comedy. It tells the story of 6 interconnected individuals (a plot device which seems to be increasingly common, as seen in Crash) who are brought into and out of each others lives one Christmas eve in a series of completely random but fairly convincing scenarios. It's a very touching film with plenty of emotional moments- yes, you will cry! There are some truly beautiful and haunting moments that really have stayed with me all day today. But there are also some humourous moments! Some of them I'm not even really sure exactly what they meant, but that adds to the magic of this film. Add to the excellent plot the fact that Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz and Paul Walker all put in excellent performanes and are all highly watchable, the fact that the film simply LOOKS wonderful and features a fantastic soundtrack, and you see why I liked this film so mnuch!

All in all a wonderful seasonal film.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BingBong on 30 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
Anything with Susan Sarandon is always worth watching and being seasonal was very tempting. I wasn't disappointed,clearly a festive ghost story with a modern edge. Starring alongside Robin Williams and Penelope Cruz,not to mention other fine supporting actors,this is a tale about the true meaning of Christmas,giving of yourself without expecting anything in return!
Watch out for those tears,keep your tissues ready,but you will come away smiling. Definately one to bring out every December,or any time you need to be reminded of the goodness in people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mar D. Clarke on 20 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
Susan is an excellent actor in this and the movie isn't afraid to show real human reactions and emotions properly.
Susan show's the character's vulnerabilities very well and the movie faces it head on.
As a movie nerd I chase after movies that can draw emotion from my cold dead heart(joke) and this movie actually got me to draw a few involuntary tears before I wiped them away claiming I had something in my eye.

On the other side of this Paul walker and Penelope Cruz come off as very unbelievable, paul walker might as well be a cardboard cut out of himself he is so stiff and Penelope seems to just be filler with a poets' book in her mouth. Sure this is a christmas movie but it can still have good acting in it aside from Susan S. and Robin Williams. (Oh and I haven't mentioned anything about Robin Williams because he's a story plot and don't want to spoil anything.)

3 stars. Good to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon, if it happens to be on and you're not doing anything else, but don't go out of your way to buy it or anything.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
With its unabashed melodrama, it's hokey premise and contrived plot; it's hard to imagine that Noel has anything going for it. It's such a thick and gooey slice of holiday bunkum and it's hard to understand why an estimable actor like Chazz Palminteri chose David Hubbard's awkward script for his directing debut. On the up side, however, Palminteri is able to draw some very fine performances from his cast – which actually makes Noel worth watching.
Set in New York on Christmas Eve, Noel follows a disparate group of lonely souls, whose lives will eventually intersect. Susan Sarandon is a middle-aged workaholic book editor, a man-shy divorcée who desperately tries to communicate with her mother who is in the final stages of Alzheimer's. Gorgeous office worker Nina (Penélope Cruz) and her strapping, hunky taxi driver fiancé, Mike (Paul Walker), are madly in love, but Mike's jealousy – he breaks out into fits of rage when another man even looks at her - threatens to derail their relationship.
Alan Arkin is a diner employee who in turn is convinced that his late wife's spirit has entered Mike's body - his first encounter with Mike where he offers him some butter cookies is one of the best scenes in the film. In the most thankless role, Marcus Thomas is a young man whose childhood was so brutal that the only happy Christmas he ever had was when family violence sent him to a hospital.
The various stories swirl together, some drifting into the realm of the supernatural and others into the more prosaically therapeutic. But Mr. Palminteri's direction is often choppy, giving no spin or shape to the complex structure.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael May on 4 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
Pull Susan and Robin (they spend so much time in my living room, I feel I know them personally) out of this film and there's really not a lot left. Susan gets one great line when competing for a why-I-hate-Christmas trophy in a bar but the best piece of acting somes from her dear old mum, who doesn't have a single line and is on screen for about two minutes in all. It should have been better, but given that at Christmas we'll watch any schmaltzy old garbage and enjoy it enormously, this was a pretty good buy for us.
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