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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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O'Reilly
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Jackson
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Gabriel
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Mayhew
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Frank Kanig ...
Ted
Mel Winkler ...
Frank Naville
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Violet Eldred Gesteten
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Elliot Zweikel
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Lily
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Al
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Naville
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Walt
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Tod Johnson
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Storyline

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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novel | robot | janitor | angel | ransom | See more »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Robert almost hits O'Reilly who is laying in the road, was shot backwards and then reversed in post production. See more »

Goofs

When Robert is digging the grave, Jackson is talking to him, sitting on the ground with legs crossed. There is a cut to Jackson's back, and a few seconds later a front view shows him with legs out-stretched. See more »

Quotes

Gabriel: [on the phone with God] In all due respect, Sir, how could anything be beyond Your control?
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Crazy Credits

For the start of the credits, the top half of image contains a wide box (2.35:1?) which runs footage furthering the plotline. Note the film itself was in 1.85:1. See more »

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References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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PEACE IN THE VALLEY
Written by Larry Love (as Love), Tonin, Mountain of Love (as Marsh), Errol Thompson (as Thompson)
Published by Chrysalis Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Alabama 3/A3 featuring Errol Thompson
Courtesy of Elemental Records Ltd., Virgin Records GMBH, Geffen Records
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Not an Ordinary Film
4 April 2006 | by (Middletown, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I LOVED this film. It's a joyous, hilarious romp through the lives of two star-crossed lovers. The theme is original, unpredictable and full of surprises. Even the ending was a surprise to me. Cameron Diaz is an excellent actor as a rich-girl you love one minute and hate the next. Her quirky nature is presented in a credible manner. Iwan McGregor is believable as her fated, working-class lover. They act well together as a couple trying to deny their feelings for one another. Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo are believable as well in their heaven-sent roles. There is violence but it fits into the scenes and is not excessive. You'll even laugh at the villains. Unfortunately, the love scenes are scarce...I would have liked a little more romance! This is a film to view in its' entirety...not in bits and pieces.


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