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God has had just about enough of the human's attitude so he will destroy the planet very soon. It is up to a struggling inventor and a bank teller, both with very amateur criminal minds, to save the world... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Top-billed as an earthling in this angelic heavenly comedy was John Travolta. In the film, there are four angels: Charlie, Earl, Gonzales, and Ruth. They have all been running Heaven for the last twenty-five years. Travolta would get to portray an angel himself later on in the later movie Michael (1996). See more »


As Zack is leaving the bank, you can see his mustache is almost all the way off, then when he is running down the street his mustache is completely back on his face with no time to have fixed it. See more »


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Written by Clif Magness and Glen Ballard
Performed by Patti Austin
Produced by Quincy Jones
Engineered & Mixed by Thomas Vicari
Courtesy of Qwest Records
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Affable Comedy-Romance
23 June 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This was, effectively, John Travolta's last film before his near-decade long hiatus in the 1980's, and while it marks the end of the cheesy, romance genre with which he'd become synonymous at the time, it's not a bad vehicle in which to reunite the former "Grease" stars.

Travolta is a down-on-his-luck inventor who bungles a bank robbery to pay off gambling debts. Newton-John is the bored bank teller who takes pity on his predicament, teaming up as they dodge enemies and the law. Amid all the chaos, God has decided that the world is no longer worth the effort and plans to bring about its end. Only the intervention of a trio of well meaning angels (and Travolta and Newton-John as the saviours) can change God's mind. Encapsulating the unusual plot in a few sentences almost makes it sound complicated (not to mention absurd), but in reality, it's very light and entertaining.

Diverse cast in the supporting ranks (Reed, Durning, Crothers, Straight and Hudson most notable) provide madcap characterisations, and Travolta and Newton-John have an on-screen chemistry that is warming, if hopelessly corny at times. The soundtrack featuring some minor hits from Chicago, Journey and Boz Scaggs as well as Newton-John, is easy listening and fits the lighthearted mood well. There's some reasonable action sequences, stunts and set-work, and enough entertaining moments to fill out the 85-odd minutes.

An honest invention, not the typical self-indulgent romantic comedy that became stock standard of the nineties. Good cast, more comedy than romance, what's not to like?

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