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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Un ángel enamorado  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$78,745,923 (USA) (28 August 1998)
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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 »

Goofs

Maggie enters the public restroom of the hospital to vomit. The angle from behind the toilet shows marble bathroom stall walls and balloon curtains on the windows. This scene was obviously filmed in the public restroom of either an upscale hotel or restaurant, not a hospital. See more »

Quotes

Maggie Rice: Do you feel that?
Seth: Yes.
Maggie Rice: And that? How's it feel? Tell me what it feels like.
Seth: I can't.
Maggie Rice: Try.
Seth: Warm. Aching.
Maggie Rice: It's okay. We fit together.
Seth: I know.
Maggie Rice: We were made to fit together.
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I Grieve
Written, Produced and Performed by Peter Gabriel
Courtesy of Virgin Records, Real World Records and Geffen Records
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Wonderful.
30 December 2005 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

its a truly brilliant movie especially when you pay attention to the soundtrack. the words in the movie are brilliant, especially Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls and and Angel by Sarah Mclachlan. Probably the two most brilliant movie songs that i have heard and they match this movie so fittingly.

on another note, Nicholas cage was a brilliant choice for this role. his eyes and his tone, while not making him sexy in any way, fit him into this role like a glove.

Truly recommend this movie as a brilliant piece of film and a beautiful story.


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