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General Information

Poster for Noel
  • Directed by

    Chazz Palminteri

  • Screenplay by

    David Hubbard

  • Music Composed by

    Alan Menken

  • Theatrical Release Date

    November 12, 2004 (10 cities only)

  • DVD Release Date

    October 25, 2005 (Region 1 - North America)

  • Production Companies

    Neverland Films Inc., Red Rose Productions LLC

  • Distribution Company

    Red Rose Productions LLC

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Charlie Boyd

  • Susan Sarandon


  • Paul Walker


  • Penélope Cruz


  • Alan Arkin


  • David Julian Hirsh


  • Marcia Bennett

    Nurse Stein

  • Ruth Chiang

    Nurse Woo

  • Marcus Thomas


  • Erika Rosenbaum


  • Victoria Sanchez

    Young Mother

  • Gianpaolo Venuta

    Young Guy


As the snow-dusted streets of New York City teem with bustling shoppers, Noel introduces us to several isolated individuals who are stuck in orbits far outside of the usual holiday cheer. Emotionally fragile Rose is the sole caregiver for her ailing mother, whom she visits in hospital on Christmas Eve as part of her lonely daily routine. From there, however, her night unfolds as a series of unanticipated encounters that will change her view of her world. Meanwhile, police officer Mike has a decidedly disturbing run-in with an older man, Artie, who takes an unsettling interest in him. At the same time, Mike's unwarranted, paranoid jealously regarding his gorgeous, vivacious fiancée Nina drives a sudden rift between the couple just days before their wedding. Jules, a young hustler with a miserable life, will resort to extreme measures to return to the only place he ever spent a happy holiday.

As these lives intersect in fleeting, unplanned and emotionally resonant ways, David Hubbard's brilliantly conceived screenplay weaves a series of surprising encounters that lay bare the deepest recesses of the characters' souls. Each in their own way - Rose, Nina, Mike, Artie and Jules - are broken or abandoned. As they find each other in the anonymous city, however, they are not only touched by holiday happiness, but also graced by the inexplicable, the unaccountable - maybe even the miraculous. Noel deftly approaches its mature and insightful dramas from a tender, hopeful point, boldly suggesting that in the midst of seeming chaos, everything still happens for a reason.



  • Charlie

    I don't wanna be alone when I die. Is that too much?

  • Rose

    Charlie, I hope you don't mind me asking, but why did you leave the priesthood after twenty years?

  • Charlie

    I lost my faith and I began to question the existence of God. If you're a priest that's not good.

  • Charlie

    Do you pray?

  • Rose

    No, not anymore.

  • Charlie

    I know how that is.

  • 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.

  • Charlie

    I can't swim. Love to learn.

  • Rose

    You're the guy from the hospital.

  • Charlie

    Yeah, Charlie Boyd. You're the angel lady.

  • Rose

    What are you doing here? Did you follow me?

  • Charlie

    No, not at all.

  • Rose

    What, then why are you here?

  • Charlie

    I could ask you the same question.

  • Rose

    I just want you to leave me alone.

  • Charlie

    Can't do that. I see a woman standing alone on a pier looking over a ledge, I gotta help.

  • Rose

    I don't want any help.

  • Charlie

    If you jump in I'll have to jump in right after you.

  • Rose

    Who said anything about jumping in? But if I jump, you'd jump in after me, after you told me that you can't swim.

  • Charlie

    Yeah, 'cause it's the right thing to do.

  • Rose

    You always do the right thing?

  • Charlie

    Yeah I do, it's a bad habit. You wanna tell me your sad story? I'm a really good listener. I'm all ears. Good, tell ya mine. It's Christmas Eve and I'm alone.

  • Rose

    That's it?! You're alone... that's the best you can do?

  • Charlie

    There's more. I'm a priest.

  • Rose


  • Charlie

    Yeah, for twenty years and last year I left the priesthood, started my life over. Now here I am, no more Catholic family, no more personal family... none.

  • Rose


  • Charlie

    You want me to guess yours?

  • Rose

    Take your best shot.

  • Charlie

    An attractive lady who forgot her hat and her ears are very cold.

  • Rose


  • Charlie

    Ha, pick everything up the top shelf. Wanna get a cab and grab a cup of coffee... I'll guess more of your story. After you.

  • Charlie

    You saved me, Rose. I was wondering where God was and then the next thing you know, there you are at the bedside of a complete stranger telling him you love him with such meaning. And then I knew God was there in that room, with you.

  • Charlie

    Your mother wants you to live your life, Rose.

  • Rose

    You don't know my mother.

  • Charlie

    She knows you love her and you're there for her.

  • Rose

    Why are you doing this?

  • Charlie

    Because she told me to tell you.

  • Rose

    That's not funny. You're scaring me.

  • Charlie

    No, Rose, listen to me, I don't have much time.

  • Rose

    No, I...

  • Charlie

    Rose, please listen to me.

  • Rose

    I don't want to listen.

  • Charlie

    Listen to what I have to say.

  • Rose

    I'm not gonna listen. Get out of the house, I don't want you here any more.

  • Charlie

    I'm not gonna leave until you hear what I have to say.

  • Rose


  • Charlie

    She spoke to me last night.

  • Rose

    I'm calling the police.

  • Charlie

    I know it is hard to believe.

  • Rose

    I mean it, Charlie, get out.

  • Charlie

    That's what she wants.

  • Rose

    I'm dialing.

  • Charlie

    I know that would make her happy.

  • Rose

    Happy? Happy?! My mother doesn't even know she's my mother. She doesn't hear me, she doesn't see me! Do you understand what I'm saying? When you look into her eyes you see absolutely nothing, she isn't there, do you understand what I'm saying?! I'm watching my mother die bit by bit. So don't you tell me about my mother, get out of here! Just go!

  • Charlie

    I love you, Rose.

Festival Screenings

  • sep12


    Toronto, ON - Elgin Theatre - 2.45 pm

  • sep14


    Toronto, ON - Paramount 2 - 1.00 pm

  • NOV5


    Mann Criterion Screen 2 - 9.00 am

  • NOV8


    Mann Criterion Screen 1 - 1.00 pm



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Filming Info

  • Dates

    November 10,2003 - January 17, 2004

  • Locations

    Montreal, QC
    New York City, NY

International Release Dates

  • Denmark

    November 19, 2004

  • Italy

    November 26, 2004

  • Argentina
    Czech Republic

    December 2, 2004

  • Sweden

    December 10, 2004

  • South Korea

    December 17, 2004

  • Mexico

    December 25, 2004

  • Greece

    December 31, 2004

  • Iceland

    January 11, 2005

International Titles

  • Finland

    Ängel i New York (Swedish title)
    Aika rakkauden (Finnish title)

  • Brazil

    Anjo de Vidro

  • Spain

    Contes de Nadal (Catalan title)

  • Argentina

    El milagro de Noel

  • Germany

    Noel - Engel in Manhattan

  • Italy

    Un amore sotto l'albero

  • Turkey

    Yeni yil

DVD Extra Features

  • Director's Commentary
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Cast Interviews

Fun Fact

Robin is uncredited in this film.


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