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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$95,345,070 (USA) (9 May 1997)
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Teri Garr's character's name Judge Esther Newberg ,is the name of a literary agent. See more »

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When the group first leaves Pansy's house, and they're driving down the highway on their way back to Chicago, the rear-view mirror appears and disappears, depending on the shot. Views from inside the car show the mirror. Views looking in from the outside reveal the mirror is missing. See more »

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Michael: Money Changers!
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References The Mask (1994) See more »

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It Could Happen to You
(1944)
Music Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Published by Famous Music Corporation/Paramount Picture Corp. (ASCAP)
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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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