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City of Angels (1998)

 -  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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Storyline

Seth is an angel who accompanies the spirits of the recently dead to the ever after. Seth has never been human and so has has never experienced touch or taste. When in the hospital however he comes across Dr. Maggie Rice, a brilliant young heart surgeon who is devoted to her profession and her patients. Seth has the power to let himself be seen but Maggie finds him far too mysterious. Seth also meets a patient, Nathaniel Messinger, who has news for him - he too was once an angel like Seth but chose to fall to Earth and become human. Seth makes a decision on his future, which does not turn out as he had expected. Written by garykmcd

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angel | love | heart surgeon | doctor | fall | See more »

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What if angels walked amoung us, and one of them fell in love with us? See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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10 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Un ángel enamorado  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$59,000,000 (Non-US) (14 August 1998)

Gross:

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

The rooftop scene with Dennis Franz and Nicolas Cage sitting on scaffolding high above the city was shot for real. Both actors were afraid of heights. See more »

Goofs

When Maggie and Seth are looking at Maggie's blood through a microscope, the image shown is too zoomed in for a light microscope (with a maximum resolving power of around X1500). See more »

Quotes

Seth: Let's go somewhere.
Maggie: Where?
Seth: I don't care.
Maggie: What do you wanna do?
Seth: Anything.
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Written and Performed by Sarah McLachlan
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Artistic vision and commercial gloss that works.
14 April 2002 | by (Missouri, United States) – See all my reviews

I was hesitant to see this movie for the longest time. Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan in a romantic drama would seem to spell a movie filled with forlorn looks and sweet nothings whispered to each other. Upon seeing it, this movie proved my suspicions true.

However, I was astonished at how much more this film had. The sheer amount of interesting concepts, combined with the ability to look at humanity from some distance, made this movie well worth the watch. If this film succeeds, and I believe it does, it is precisely because of the mixture of Hollywood gloss and original Wenders magic. Something for everyone, if only you give it a little thought.

Touching date movie, nice discussion piece, and filled with attractive people, City of Angels is wonderfully shallow and surprisingly deep at times, making it well worth the watch.


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