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Descending Angel (1990)

A recently engaged man getting to know his future father-in-law better unearths clues that the man may have been a Nazi collaborator and a mass murderer.

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Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

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Robert J. Siegel (story) (as Robert Siegel), Grace Woodard (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Florian Stroia
Diane Lane ... Irina Stroia
Eric Roberts ... Michael Rossi
Mark Margolis ... Bercovici
Vyto Ruginis ... Glenn
Amy Aquino ... Catherine
Ken Jenkins ... Sam Murray
Elsa Raven ... Vera
Richard Jenkins ... Debaudt
Jan Rubes ... Bishop Dancu
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Bookstore Clerk
George Buza ... Stellian
David De Sanctis David De Sanctis ... Policeman
Aidan Devine ... Security Clerk
Colin Fox ... Doctor
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Storyline

A recently engaged man getting to know his future father-in-law better unearths clues that the man may have been a Nazi collaborator and a mass murderer.

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Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anjo Decadente See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Irina Stroia: There once was a beautiful princess who's father, the king, went off to fight in a foreign war
Michael Rossi: When does the young knight come?
Irina Stroia: He just did
Michael Rossi: Yes he did
Irina Stroia: And it better hold him for the next ten days
Michael Rossi: We can always sneak out to a motel, can we?
Irina Stroia: You promised
Michael Rossi: Keep talking
Irina Stroia: The king had placed his daughter in a tower room where there were no windows and no doors, she was left there for a long... slow... slower time. Many years past and she began to forget what the king looked like and all she could do ...
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Soundtracks

All songs Written and Performed by Les Voix Bulgares
Copyright Disques Cellier (SUISA)
Courtesy of Elektra/Nonesuch
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Compelling Vision
9 November 1999 | by lordwhorfinSee all my reviews

I am of the opinion that this film has an undeserved reputation as "underdeveloped." The better description of the feel of this film lies closer to "stark" or "lean" rather than "limited." I find Descending Angel better in many ways than The Music Box, which explores similar themes (although Jessica Lange and Armand Mueller Stahl are excellent in the latter film). One point of contrast that I find falls fully in Descending Angel's favor is that Roberts, unlike Lange, does not suddenly jet off to Eastern Europe in pursuit of "the truth." The chickens come home to roost messily in the United States, and give the film a nasty political edge I find compelling. I give it 8/10 for cable fare. Roberts, Lane, and Scott are enough reason to see this piece. Some of the scenes between Roberts and Scott are among the most compelling confrontations between past actions and present morals as have been filmed in the 1990s. If you liked True Colors or Storyville, you'll like this one too.


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