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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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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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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)  »

Also Known As:

L'archange  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Roger Waters (bassist and singer/songwriter of Pink Floyd fame) wrote a song for the soundtrack that wasn't used on the final cut.

The song, as Waters' noted in a recent interview on a British cooking show On The Table, loosely contributes to the theme of his upcoming 2016 solo album tentatively titled "Heartland". The song cut for the movie most likely resembles the recently aired " Crystal Clear" which Waters played live for the first time at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival.

Waters elaborated, in the same interview described the movie as a "really really bad movie...about an angel." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Frank Quinlan: Bring him back.
Michael: That's not my area.
Frank Quinlan: Would someone please tell me what his area is? Don't give me that "that's not my area" stuff. BRING HIM BACK.
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Chicago (That Toddling Town)
(1922)
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charming, quirky, offbeat, light, fun ... do not take too seriously
28 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Possibly the best John Travolta role ever. Saturday Night Fever was a great movie & role, but a LONG time ago. I can't think of many of his movies or roles I've even liked, and it's easy to think of rotten ones. He can do meanies like in Pulp Fiction, but he makes the perfect funky angel, and it's hard to imagine anyone doing a better (equally slobby) job with it. Plot summaries are available everywhere, but the plot isn't the point. Just go for the ride and enjoy the cleverness of the little funnies along the way. There is nothing to dislike about this movie, unless one is searching for something profound. I wish there were more movies like this. We need a break from deep or awesome or grisly or complex or hysterical.


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