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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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25 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'archange  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,629,196, 29 December 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$95,318,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,718,203
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William Hurt refused to stop smoking cigarettes while shooting, and reshoots were almost scheduled. Eventually the producers decided they would have them edited out in post. See more »

Goofs

During the first breakfast scene with Michael, both Dorothy and Frank order their eggs over easy, but you can clearly see that they both get scrambled eggs. See more »

Quotes

Michael: Remember what John and Paul said.
Frank Quinlan: The apostles?
Michael: No, the Beatles. All you need is love.
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Up Around the Bend
(1970)
Written by John Fogerty
Published by Jondora Music
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Licensed by arrangement with Fantasy, Inc.
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Easily enjoyable
30 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

Wow, I think the overall average rating of this film on this site is incredibly low. There's really no reason to dislike this film. "Michael" is a simple, but fairly original, and easily enjoyable romantic comedy. The plot involves a group of reporters/experts going to examine the mysterious appearance of an angel (John Travolta) in the midwest. The angel proves to be less saintly and more worldly than we would expect, and that's what makes it entertaining. His interest in women and the Beatles takes a new spin on the angel thing. The romantic side of this film involves Michael the angel trying to get Andie MacDowell and William Hurt together. The two of them may not have the all-time greatest on-screen chemistry, but they certainly have enough to make it work well. Everyone who has rated this film so low (a 5.4??), come on! The film is not that bad. In fact, I found it quite funny and memorable. Sure, it's not the best thing you'll ever see, but it's still good. This is a film I feel has been remarkably underrated. It's fun, romantic, and recommended by me.

*** out of ****


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