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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 <>

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He's an angel... Not a saint.


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


Near the end of the movie, there is a camera shot of a Christmas tree with an angel at the top. However, the angel is holding a horn. That angel is Gabriel, not Michael. See more »


Michael: And you just gotta remember, Sparky - no matter what they tell you - you can *never* have too much sugar.
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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.


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