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Angel on My Shoulder (1980)

Criminal dies and goes to hell, and is given one last chance to redeem himself by helping a respected judge.



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Criminal dies and goes to hell, and is given one last chance to redeem himself by helping a respected judge.

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Release Date:

11 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Engel auf meiner Schulter  »

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Sometimes a remake is just a bad idea
8 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sometimes a remake should wait for a qualified hand at the tiller before precious time is wasted. This film is like a lasagna with no garlic a BLT without the mayo or the B, if Paul Muni was ever accused of Hamming it up in the original our leading man is so wooden he is at best a box of tooth picks. Peter Strauss who has been in better films, probably would rather forget this turkey. 20 minutes in I lost all will to live and started skipping ahead to see if it got any better, and no it doesn't. Right after Eddie and Satan arrive up top it's all down hill. Aside from the "I'm not Jewish" line which is great and the required "boy have things changed in 30 years" stuff, it's painful. The DA is terminally dull, the gangster a caricature of a caricature of a mobster from the 40's and the supporting cast are one dimensional first year drama students. Muni may have put some mustard on but he did it with panache and in context while delivering a sympathetic character for which he can be forgiven for a bit of Cagney over the top. Peter Strauss however delivers a death blow to an already deeply flawed production that was never more than a bad idea to fill a few hours air time with. Watch only if you are a masochist. You have been warned.

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