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

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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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

During the opening sequence, you see 3 angels on top of a building as the camera pans up and around and you see the building's number, 444. 444 is a direct reference to the angelic realm: "Thousands of angels surround you at this moment, loving and supporting you. You have a very strong and clear connection with the angelic realm, and are an Earth angel yourself. You have nothing to fear - all is well." See more »

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When Maggie sees the truck she is about to hit towards the end of the movie, the truck is coming from the right side of the road and making a right turn. Later on when Nicolas Cage comes around to where Maggie is lying, the truck position is in the opposite direction, like it came from the left side of the road. See more »

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Seth: I was there in the stairwell... when you cried for your patient. And I touched you, remember?
Maggie Rice: Why are you doing this?
Seth: Because I'm in love with you.
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A movie that touches the heart...
4 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love this movie. I have seen it several times and it still never ceases to bring me to tears. Nicholas Cage does a wonderful job portraying Seth, an angel who falls in love with a workaholic doctor, convincingly portrayed by Meg Ryan (in a definite departure from her usual kooky, girl next door role). The movie is beautifully photographed, and the love story, although a little far fetched, (angel gives up being an angel to become human to be with the woman he loves) it is still incredibly moving. Without giving away all the best parts of the movie, you had better have plenty of Kleenex on hand...it's definitely a tearjerker. The ending of the movie is a testament to the power of love and life...powerful stuff. This is definitely a "chick flick", but is just wonderful on all levels. I have always believed in angels, but after seeing this film it gave me a different perspective of our guardian angels. A must see!


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