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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  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the opening scene of the movie, there is a flag seen outside of the First Commerce Bank. When the shot is further away, there is no longer a flag. 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 NewsRadio: Complaint Box (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pie Song
Music by Steve Dorff
Music by Lyrics by Roy Blount Jr.
Published by TNT Music Publishing, Inc./Techwood Music, Inc.
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Funny and heartwarming little movie
24 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie for what it is: A funny little film that doesn't take itself too seriously. Plot summaries are available everywhere so I won't go into details. Michael isn't about a complex plot anyway. It just builds on a great premise and takes the viewer on a wonderful road trip.

John Travolta's performance as a chain-smoking, lady-loving, bar-brawling, pie-eating angel is just perfect. And who doesn't love Sparky?

Watch this if you want to have a few laughs and a overall good time. Highly recommended.


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