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Two tabloid reporters checking out a report of the Archangel Michael living with an old woman find that it's true. But that's not the only surprise.

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Storyline

Frank Quinlan and Huey Driscoll, two reporters from a Chicago-based tabloid, along with Dorothy Winters, an 'angel expert', are asked to travel to rural Iowa to investigate a claim from an old woman that she shares her house with a real, live archangel named Michael. Upon arrival, they see that her claims are true - but Michael is not what they expected: he smokes, drinks beer, has a very active libido and has a rather colourful vocabulary. In fact, they would never believe it were it not for the two feathery wings protruding from his back. Michael agrees to travel to Chicago with the threesome, but what they don't realise is that the journey they are about to undertake will change their lives forever. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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He's an angel... Not a saint.

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Rated PG for a mild barroom brawl, some language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

ITL 2,594,437,000 (Italy) (14 February 1997)

Gross:

$95,345,070 (USA) (9 May 1997)
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The bar brawl with Michael fighting with a pool cue and garbage can lid is very similar to many famous Renaissance paintings of Michael fighting Satan. See more »

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When Michael is in the field after Sparky has been run down by a truck and he is facing Dorothy, Frank and Huey, the sun is on right hand side and is bright. When the shot goes back to the other characters, they are facing Michael and the sun is also on their right hand side and is obviously lower in the sky. See more »

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Michael: Whatever they say, you can never have too much of earth.
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(1967)
Written by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
Published by Abilene Music/Range Road Music/Quartet Music Inc.
Performed by Willie Nelson
Produced by Chips Moman
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One of the most peculiar roles of Travolta
28 November 2000 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

John Travolta is one of the nicest actors in the modern film industry. His movies are comfortable and cozy entertainment even when they aren't so successful and mostly because of his soothing work on the screen. He is stylish even in situations which don't create a suitable setting for being stylish and that ain't no burden, although some might claim that it is. It's more like a blessing.

He played one of his oddest characters in "Michael" - an angel. First half of the film is very emphathic, amusing, promising and entertaining - great stuff with Travolta at his best. Somewhere in the middle movie suddenly runs out of enthusiasm. Intensive fun that kept the story going declines little by little and flick turns to just another typical and unsurprising piece of Hollywood.

Then is "Michael" worth watching? Why not? First half is awesome and after you've seen it you'll get a strong will to find out if it continues like it. It doesn't but I guess you don't take my word for it so check it out for yourself. Movie is still quite ok and Travolta is always one cool rascal.


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