|Directed by||Chazz Palminteri|
|Written by||David Hubbard|
|Produced by||Al Corley|
|Music by||Alan Menken|
|Distributed by||Convex Group|
Noel is a 2004 American Christmas-themed drama film written by David Hubbard and directed by Chazz Palminteri. It stars Penélope Cruz, Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, Daniel Sunjata and an uncredited Robin Williams. It was filmed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
On Christmas Eve in New York, divorced publisher Rose Collins (Susan Sarandon) struggles to cope with caring for her mother, an Alzheimer's patient. As she contemplates suicide on a riverbank, former priest Charlie Boyd (Robin Williams) saves her life, and they spend the night together in her apartment. While Charlie explains that he has lost faith in God, the next morning he tells Rose that his faith has been restored by a telepathic conversation with Rose's mother, claiming that she wants Rose to move on with her life. Rose angrily ejects Charlie from her apartment.
Young couple Nina Vasquez (Penélope Cruz) and Mike Riley (Paul Walker) are on the verge of breaking up due to Mike's increasingly jealous behavior. When Mike attacks a homosexual platonic friend of Nina, she leaves him. When Nina goes to her family to celebrate Christmas there, she meets Rose, who has secretly sneaked into her parents' house, and confides her story to her. Feeling out of place, Rose and Nina go to a nearby bar.
Elderly waiter Artie Venizelos (Alan Arkin) searches for his deceased wife every Christmas. He molests Mike, believing him to be his wife's reincarnation. When Artie collapses and is hospitalized, Mike learns from a colleague that Artie committed manslaughter in a fit of jealousy. As a result, his wife killed herself in a car accident. Mike sees this as a fateful sign that he must overcome his own pathological jealousy.
Jules Calvert (Marcus Thomas) is a depressed young man whose sole happy memory is a Christmas celebration in a hospital when he was a teenager. Seeking to repeat the experience, he allows the criminal Arizona to break his hand, only to learn that he cannot revive the past. Rose, feeling guilty over her treatment of Charlie, returns to the hospital and discovers that Charlie is in a coma in the room next to her mother's. Back on the riverbank, Rose decides to enjoy life again, and sets up a date with one of the doctors.
- Susan Sarandon – Rose Collins
- Penélope Cruz – Nina Vasquez
- Paul Walker – Michael "Mike" Riley
- Alan Arkin – Artie Venizelos
- Marcus Thomas – Jules Calvert
- Chazz Palminteri – Arizona
- Robin Williams – Charles "Charlie" Boyd
- Sonny Marinelli – Dennis
- Daniel Sunjata – Marco
- Rob Daly – Paul
- John Doman – Dr. Baron
- Billy Porter – Randy
- Carmen Ejogo – Dr. Batiste
- Donna Hanover – Debbie Carmichael
- Merwin Mondesir – Glenn
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