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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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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'archange  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$27,629,196 (USA) (27 December 1996)


$95,345,070 (USA) (9 May 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Jack Nicholson turned down the lead role. See more »


When the group first leaves Pansy's house, and they're driving down the highway on their way back to Chicago, the rear-view mirror appears and disappears, depending on the shot. Views from inside the car show the mirror. Views looking in from the outside reveal the mirror is missing. See more »


Dorothy Winters: It's cookies, he smells like cookies, and the smell gets stronger when he's in heat.
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References The Mask (1994) See more »


Ave Maria; Op.52, No.6
Composed by Franz Schubert (uncredited)
Arrangement of a public domain work by Chet Atkins
Published by Athens Music
All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Performed by Chet Atkins
Produced by Chet Atkins, C.G.P.
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Funny and heartwarming little movie
24 June 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie for what it is: A funny little film that doesn't take itself too seriously. Plot summaries are available everywhere so I won't go into details. Michael isn't about a complex plot anyway. It just builds on a great premise and takes the viewer on a wonderful road trip.

John Travolta's performance as a chain-smoking, lady-loving, bar-brawling, pie-eating angel is just perfect. And who doesn't love Sparky?

Watch this if you want to have a few laughs and a overall good time. Highly recommended.

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