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Michael (1996)

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 sitting outside of Brown's Motel, talking to Sparky, big rolls of hay can be seen relatively close to them. In later shots, the hay is in a field much farther off in the distance. See more »

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Michael: Battle!
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Kevin Spacey/Beck (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Young Thing
(1994)
Written by Chet Atkins
Published by Athens Music
All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Produced by Chet Atkins, C.G.P. & David Hungate
Performed by Chet Atkins
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Sometimes a movie is just meant to be enjoyed!
12 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite "Capra-esque" comedies. This movie is just meant to be enjoyed, not deconstructed, microscopically analyzed. It's not religious commentary. It's fun. It's fantasy. The surprisingly negative comments (IMHO) reflect a level of expectation that professional film critics have led us to think must be a part of every movie.

Others have described Travolta's role (it's the reason you'll watch the movie over and over) and the excellent supporting cast (including Sparky!).

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar; sometimes a movie is just fun.

Enjoy!


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