'R Xmas (2001)

'R Xmas



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Movie Info

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 … 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


as The Husband

as Kidnapper

as Louie

as The Niece

as The Daughter

as Young Dad

as Louie's Wife

as Accomplice No. 1

as Accomplice No. 2

as Accomplice No. 3

as Shopper No. 1

as Shopper No.2

as Elf No.2

as Santa Claus

as Security Guard

as Toy Store Manager

as High Rise Doorman

as Parking Attendant

as Tio's Wife

as Gypsy Cab Driver

as Gypsy Cab driver's W...

as Bronx Dealer No.1

as Felipe's Brother

as Felipe's Bodyguard

as Latino Dealer No.1

as Needy P.R. Husband

as Needy P.R. Wife

as Stash Pad Old Lady

as Guitarist

as Swag Shop Owner

as Husband's Friend

as Night Club Band

as Night Club Band

as Night Club Band

as Night Club Band

as Night Club Band

as Night Club Band

as Night Club Band

as Night Club Band

as Night Club Band

as Night Club Band

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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