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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 <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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Majkl  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Although set in Iowa many scenes were filmed in and around New Braunfels, Texas. Gruene Hall, built in 1878 and known as the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas served as, "Joe's," where the dance scene to, "Chain of Fools," and the ensuing bar brawl took place. See more »

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At Joe's, the first restaurant the group stops at, the waitress brings the food and, within minutes, when Micheal gets up to dance, the waitress comes back and takes Dorothy's plate without her having eaten anything from it. The waitress then sets down a cup of coffee. See more »

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Michael: The miles will fly and your children won't cry, if you play car bingo.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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Ave Maria; Op.52, No.6
(1825)
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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Just Loving Travolta in this Movie...
9 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1996's MICHAEL is warm and winning comedy-fantasy that features one of my favorite performances from the John Travolta library. Travolta gives one of his breeziest and most likable performances as Michael, an archangel whose quiet existence at the home of a lonely innkeeper named Pansy (Jean Stapleton) is disrupted when Pansy reports Michael's presence in her home to a "National Enquirer"-like newspaper and the editor (Bob Hoskins) sends reporters (William Hurt, Andie McDowell, Robert Pastorelli) to the motel to check it out. Hurt, McDowell, and Pastorelli are quite good as the jaded news staffers who have a hard time accepting they've met an angel but this is Travolta's show and he rules as the pot-bellied, sugar-eating, cookie-smelling, pie-loving, Aretha-loving, bull-chasing Michael, an angel who just isn't what you think you of when you think of angels. And you have to love the scene in the bar when he and the ladies dance to "Chain of Fools". I love this movie more and more every time I watch it and it's mainly because of the completely winning performance from John Travolta.


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