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

Genres:

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)  »

Also Known As:

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although the movie show some important places of Los Angeles' city like Terminal Annex, Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles International Airport, Grand Central Market or Dodger Stadium, the library by where the angels walk is located in San Francisco. See more »

Goofs

The time on a clock in the kitchen. See more »

Quotes

Seth: You're an excellent doctor.
Maggie: How do you know?
Seth: I have a feeling.
Maggie: That's pretty flimsy evidence.
Seth: Close your eyes. It's just for a moment.
[touches her hand]
Seth: What am I doing?
Maggie: You're... touching me.
Seth: Touch. How do you know?
Maggie: Because, I feel it.
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Referenced in Sex and the City: Bay of Married Pigs (1998) See more »

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Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
Written by Lionel Hampton and Curley Hamner (as Curly Hamner)
Performed by Louis Prima
Courtesy of Jasmie Records
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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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