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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
Anne Cullimore Decker ...
Violet Eldred Gesteten
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Elliot Zweikel
K.K. Dodds ...
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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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 All (114) »

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A comedy for anyone who's ever been in danger...of falling in love. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Jackson announces himself as from the "Firm but Fair Eviction & Collection Agency", but the name on their truck (and later on their building) is written as "Firm but Fair Collection & Eviction Agency". 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 »

Quotes

Jackson: What the hell did you do to her?
Robert: I punched her in the face.
Jackson: Oh, you punched her in the face. She's half your size and you punch her in the face?
Robert: She had a gun!
Jackson: Oh, she had a gun! So that makes everything all right, does it?
Robert: No, I'm not saying it makes everything all right. I'm just trying to explain to you that for all I knew, she could have been a karate expert or something.
Jackson: With a broken arm? WITH A BROKEN ARM?
Robert: O.K., I'm sorry.
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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 It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

DEEPER RIVER
Written by Roland 'Rollo' Armstrong (as Rollo), Jamie Catto & Mark Bates
Published by BMG, Cheeky Music, Copyright Control
Performed by Dusted
Courtesy of Cheeky Records Ltd.
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A pair of angels are not to return to heaven before they've accomplished their mission: to make two people on earth fall in love and stick together.
17 July 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Finally, a romantic comedy that is original, intelligent and truly funny. Not to say unpredictable! Usually I dislike this genre, but i can't help loving this movie.

The cast is great, and the chemistry between Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor is sparkling. (And McGregor even manages to look good in spite of a terrible hair cut. What a performance.) Holly Hunter is great as usual. Please also notice the appearance of Maurey Chakin as the somewhat odd neighbor. If you happen to recognize him, it could be from "My Cousin Vinny", where he plays the grit-eating witness.

This movie has a smart and entertaining dialog and a number of unforgettable scenes and jokes. And it even brings out the romantic in an old cynic like me.


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