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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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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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25 December 1996 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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

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 »

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 »

Quotes

Michael: The miles will fly and your children won't cry, if you play car bingo.
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Referenced in Angel-A (2005) See more »

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Chain of Fools
(1967)
Written by Don Covay
Published by Pronto Music (BMI) and Fourteenth Hour Music, Inc. (BMI)
Administered by Warner-Tameriane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Produced by Jerry Wexler
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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He is an angel, not a saint.
13 June 2005 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Angels are a bit of an American obsession, but are often rather boring. They are the messengers of God, and also the arc angels are great warriors (Lucifer being the toughest and best looking until he was kicked out of heaven).

So what happens if you don't believe in anything, let alone angels and you are sent to investigate an angel story, only to meet one with wings and less than angelic attitude.

Maybe that is what America needs, being a puritan is different from being good. Michael is a rude, obnoxious, womanizing messenger of heaven who will fulfill your wishes, and make you care enough about the world that you will be touched.

Funny, but not greatly so, touching but not overly sentimental, intelligent without being clever...it is just a good simple, small comedy. Watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon.


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