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Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in L.A. who takes his boss' daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot. Two "angels" who are in charge of human relationships on earth,... See full summary »

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Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in L.A. who takes his boss' daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot. Two "angels" who are in charge of human relationships on earth, offer some unsolicited help to bring this unlikely couple together. Written by <CherylC894@aol.com>

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janitor | angel | hostage | heaven | novel | See All (114) »

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A twisted love story from the filmmakers of "Trainspotting". See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Une vie moins ordinaire  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,200,000 (Non-US) (31 October 1997)

Gross:

DEM 1,682,281 (Germany) (30 January 1998)
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Starting with issue 1063 publishing date 7-oct-1997, the UK comic 2000AD printed an eight-part, 48-page, drawn strip adaptation of the movie. Scripted by David Bishop and drawn by Steve Yeowell, it met with a mixed reception from readers. First cover is posted under miscellaneous URLs. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Naville sets the black bag of ransom money on his desk, he originally has his hand flat on the bag. The next shot he is holding the handle of the bag in an upright position. The scene goes back and forth between these shots with the hand changing positions each time. See more »

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Celine: I'd like to make a withdrawal.
Robert: I thought we agreed there'd be no cliches.
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When the preciding footage ends, it's followed by claymation animation containing the principal characters of the film engaged in further adventures. See more »

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References Shallow Grave (1994) See more »

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DON'T LEAVE
Written by Jamie Cutto, Rollo and Sister Bliss
Published by Champion Music, BMG, Warner Chappell
Performed by Faithless
Courtesy of Cheeky Records Ltd.
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Probably the best romantic comedy ever
1 October 2008 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

Danny Boyle became my favorite director after I watched this film. It looks like no matter how simple plot may appear, he still can make a masterpiece of it. The humor is pretty weird and subtle and that is what's good about it. It's really unusual film. It's not like other Danny Boyle's works (Tainspotting or Shallow Grave) but has some similarities. Actually it is even better in it's own way. Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz are probably the best film couple in history of cinema (or at least it seems like it to me right now). Althau some people may not understand this film because it's pretty weird and even may appear banal sometimes but it's not. I think it was in really original way portrayed how two totally different people can fall in love with each other. Personally I think this is the best love story ever told.


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