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'R Xmas (2001)

'R Xmas



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Cult favorite Abel Ferrara directed and co-wrote this story set in New York City in 1993, before Mayor Rudy Giuliani's much-publicized crusade against street crime put a dent in semi-public drug dealing in the city. It's a few days before Christmas, and a Latin American couple living on the city's Upper East Side (Lillo Brancato Jr. and Drea de Matteo) are watching their daughter (Lisa Valens) perform in her school's holiday pageant. Afterward, the couple drop the child off with a babysitter and set out to run some errands. They have two items on their agenda: get their daughter the doll she's been asking for (a nearly impossible task, since the toy has become the must-have item of the season), then head to their work space uptown, where they prepare and package heroin for street distribution. While the wife has her qualms about the ethics of drug dealing, both she and her husband know there's plenty of money to be made in heroin -- more than most Hispanic immigrants could make working legitimate jobs in New York -- and the business has been highly lucrative for them. The couple discovers one of their lower-level dealers may be talking to the police, but they soon have a bigger problem to deal with when the husband is lured to the Bronx by a fence who can get him the toy he's been looking for. The husband finds he's been lured into a trap, and a kidnapper (Ice-T) gives the wife less than a half hour to collect and pay a huge ransom, or her husband will be killed. As in Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant, the audience never learns the names of most of the major characters in 'R Xmas; also like Bad Lieutenant (as well as King of New York and The New Rose Hotel), Ferrara invited pioneering gangster rapper Schooly-D to contribute to the film's score.more
Rating: R (for strong language, drug content and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Abel Ferrara
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 19, 2002
Pathfinder Pictures


Lillo Brancato Jr.
as The Husband
as Kidnapper
Naomi Morales
as The Niece
Lisa Valens
as The Daughter
Nelson Vasquez
as Young Dad
Denia Brache
as Louie's Wife
Andrew Fiscella
as Accomplice No. 1
Thomas Murray
as Accomplice No. 2
Edwin Martinez
as Accomplice No. 3
Janis Corsair
as Shopper No. 1
Anne Ackerman
as Shopper No.2
Dan Sweeney
as Santa Claus
Andrew Lasky
as Security Guard
Bersalde Vega
as Toy Store Manager
James R. Bliz
as High Rise Doorman
Raymond Ultarte
as Parking Attendant
Begonia Plaza
as Tio's Wife
Oscar S. Tevez
as Gypsy Cab Driver
Rosa Nino
as Gypsy Cab driver's W...
Clarence Dorsey
as Bronx Dealer No.1
Javier Núñez
as Felipe's Brother
Jay "Mad Dog" Michae...
as Felipe's Bodyguard
Anthony Ortiz
as Latino Dealer No.1
Victor Pagan
as Needy P.R. Husband
Yolanda Nieto
as Needy P.R. Wife
Petra Quinones
as Stash Pad Old Lady
Pepe Castillo
as Guitarist
Antoine Pagan
as Swag Shop Owner
Carlos León
as Husband's Friend
Oro Solido
as Night Club Band
Raul Acosta
as Night Club Band
Anthony Rodriquez
as Night Club Band
Jarol Ceralios
as Night Club Band
Juan de la Cruz
as Night Club Band
Jesus Martinez Jr.
as Night Club Band
Felix Taveras
as Night Club Band
Amilcar Torres
as Night Club Band
Idelfonso Gutierrez
as Night Club Band
Fabio Lovera
as Night Club Band
Ramel De La Cruz
as Night Club Band
Jose 'Pepe' Castillo
as Night Club Band
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Critic Reviews for 'R Xmas

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7)

Ferrara's best film in years.

November 22, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Once Ice-T sticks his mug in the window of the couple's BMW and begins haranguing the wife in bad stage dialogue, all credibility flies out the window.

Full Review… | November 21, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

Ferrara's strongest and most touching movie of recent years.

Full Review… | November 19, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

R Xmas offers a poetic and profane ambiguity that's vintage Ferrara.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Admirers of director Abel Ferrara may be relieved that his latest feature, R Xmas, marks a modest if encouraging return to form.

Full Review… | November 7, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What could have been right at home as a nifty plot line in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic fails to arrive at any satisfying destination.

February 28, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 'R Xmas


Good Ferrara film, and the first film to kick off my Xmas. The touching story of husband and wife drug dealers and the trials they encounter and lessons they learn over the holiday season. A story of family, love and charity...and sleazebags. Good performances, gritty atmosphere and typical (meaning great) Ferrara direction make this a worthy addition to the Ferrara "dirtbag cinema" catalogue.

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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