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Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all ... See full summary »

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Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all this, his church is coming under threat from property developer Joe Hamilton. In desperation, Rev. Biggs prays to God for help - and help arrives in the form of an angel named Dudley. However, Dudley's arrival seems to cause even more trouble... Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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They needed help. What they got was a miracle.


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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »
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13 December 1996 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 54,112,300 (Japan) (20 December 1996)

Gross:

$48,093,211 (USA) (18 April 1997)
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The ice skating scene was filmed in Portland, Maine at Deering Oaks Park. Prior to filming, the location had been selected because of the snow and ice pond in the park. However, the week that filming began, Portland had an unusual winter heat wave and the ice and much of the snow melted. Artificial snow and ice had to be used in the end and the actors had to skate on ice that kept turning to slush from the melting. See more »

Quotes

Julia Biggs: It's okay if I look in the window, just as long as I don't buy.
Marguerite Coleman: Yeah? Well, don't go shopping with money in your pocket! And you better not be putting anything in the layaway plan, either!
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Referenced in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: How Time Flies (1998) See more »

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He's All Over Me
Performed by Whitney Houston with Shirley Caesar and The Georgia Mass Choir
Courtesy by Arista Records
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25 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful piece of work that should not be compared with any other in the genre of the Christmas/angel type or the so often mentioned Bishop's Wife. Its not the first film to use an old story and alter it and should be looked at as an original piece of work which is what it is. It simply works well mainly because it is perfectly cast, any romantic will be drawn in, willing the beautiful people in this case Whitney Houston and Dezel Washington together. Washington is pure magic on the screen, playing the inoffensive angel who ignores the ignorance and rudeness thrown at him by thoughtless people who should know better, he pulls off some great moments in the story. Unusually too the children are well cast, not too sugary or given scene stealing lines, they complement the adults rather than displace or ridicule them. This is a specialist type of film, a romantic, unrealistic dreamy story, and must be judged in that light.


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