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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Teresa Messinger
Rhonda Dotson ...
Susan's Mother
Man in Car
Woman in Car
Christian Aubert ...
Foreign Visitor in Car
Air Traffic Controller
Jimmy, Anesthesiologist


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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She didn't believe in angels until she fell in love with one. See more »


Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Seth becomes human, he can only understand the English language. This is the opposite to Wings of Desire (1987), where Damiel (Bruno Ganz) can speak any language after the fall to Earth and becoming human. See more »


When Maggie is in the bath-tub, Seth can clearly be seen in the corner of the mirror when Maggie runs her hand through her hair. Then in the next shot (the famous 'no-reflection' scene), he has no reflection. See more »


Maggie: Are you a visitor?
Seth: Yes.
Maggie: Well, visiting hours have been over since 8.
Seth: Wh-Why do they have that?
Maggie: What?
Seth: Hours. Doesn't it help the patient to be visited?
Maggie: Well, who are you visiting? Mr. Messinger?
Seth: Right now?
Maggie: Yeah.
Seth: You.
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Referenced in Game K N B: Episode dated 3 March 2007 (2007) See more »


Feelin' Love
Written, Produced and Performed by Paula Cole
Courtesy of The Imago Recording Company/Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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This movie is worth falling for.........

This movie is worth falling for ,when u really want to hold the hands of Magi,feel her,touch her and really leave the eternity to just be with her. The theme was so wonderful that u really want to live with the characters and just hope to be one of them, that proves why man is afraid to die ,because he know that he will lose all the sensations for what human being is really crafted by the god, to live in pain leaving the eternity,but to feel love.The characters are excellently played,even the scores following were just letting you feel the theme and live with the characters. I really can't understand the harsh notes of critics and there sharp views but I can feel that this movie is worth falling for, even if you have to loose your eternity.This is my first comment on this site but I feel may be I delayed it only to give my first one to this one only.(24-12-05)

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