Chazz Palminteri (2004)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Susan Sarandon must have been full of the wrong kind of yuletide spirit when she signed up for this indie drama. She's prominent among a semi-starry line-up that includes Paul Walker, Penélope Cruz and (an uncredited) Robin Williams as despairing New Yorkers whose lonely lives intertwine in the most unlikely of ways. It's a premise so well-trodden by low-budget film-makers that it's almost become a genre all of its own. Unfortunately, writer David Hubbard adds nothing particularly original to the concept, except to set the action on Christmas Eve and then throw in a couple of jarring twists from out of the blue. Director Chazz Palminteri (best known for playing Mafia hoods in films such as Bullets over Broadway and A Bronx Tale) tries to build a case for modern miracles, but half-baked revelations and saccharine sentiment are tough to swallow and tedious to watch. This is surely the true demeaning of Christmas.


The troubled lives of five New Yorkers overlap on Christmas Eve - a woman cares for her elderly mother, and a bride-to-be gets cold feet, while her fiance is followed everywhere by an obsessive waiter. Finally, a petty crook plans to injure himself so he can attend a hospital Christmas party. Drama, starring Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Alan Arkin, Paul Walker and Chazz Palminteri, who also directed, with a cameo appearance by Robin Williams.

Cast & Crew

Nina Penélope Cruz
Rose Susan Sarandon
Mike Paul Walker
Artie Alan Arkin
Jules Marcus Thomas
Arizona Chazz Palminteri
Charlie Boyd Robin Williams
Director Chazz Palminteri
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: RedbusGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: DVDReleased on: 25 Nov 2005