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City of Angels (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  10 April 1998 (USA)
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Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel (Cage) who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room. Franz plays Cage's buddy who somehow knows a lot about angels.



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Rated PG-13 for sexuality including language, and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un ángel enamorado  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,369,048 (USA) (10 April 1998)


$78,745,923 (USA) (28 August 1998)

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Very Romantic ... Very Good ...
20 February 2000 | by (Delft, Holland) – See all my reviews

I thought City Of Angels was very good. I'm usually very critical towards movies, but City Of Angels got to me. Meg Ryan usually plays in Romantic Comedy's (Sleepless in seatle, You've got mail) but this time, City Of Angels, admittedly a Romantic film, but it isn't a comedy. Far from it, it's a drama in all of its aspects. And Meg Ryan converts to that change very well. She acts great in this movie. It wasn't an easy part for her, there is a lot of crying involved, and a lot of dramatic moments in her characters life.

As goes for Nicolas Cage's character. Oh my god, he plays Seth with such excellence. Really, i don't think that anyone else could play the part as great as he did. The way he looks, the way he moves .. so cool.

Ok the storyline is a little unbeleivable, but you musn't be held back by that fact. Just beleive the unbeleivable. Just go with the plot, and follow the movie closely.

I'm not suggesting that City Of Angels is the best in it's sort. It won't win any oscars, but what i am saying, is that it's a nice movie, with great actors, great music and a good storyline which rolls towards very emotional ending.

You won't be dissapointed.

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