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Eyes of an Angel (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 June 1991 (Japan)
A struggling Chicago man with mob ties and his 10-year-old daughter nurse a wounded Doberman - used for illegal dog fights - back to health. But trouble awaits.


Robert Harmon


Robert Stitzel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Bobby
Ellie Raab Ellie Raab ... The Girl
Tito Larriva ... Cissy
Tripoli Tripoli ... The Dog
Richard Edson ... Goon
Vincent Guastaferro ... Goon
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Georgie
Lisa Ziegler Lisa Ziegler ... Georgie's Wife
R. Ruddell Weatherwax R. Ruddell Weatherwax ... The Dog's Handler
Gene LeBell Gene LeBell ... Pit Bull Handler
Robert Stitzel Robert Stitzel ... Rancher
Robert Rigamonti Robert Rigamonti ... Department Store Clerk
John Duda John Duda ... Alan
Mik One Mik One ... Bartender
Sidney Chankin Sidney Chankin ... Motel Owner (as Sydney Chankin)


John Travolta is a downtrodden single father raising his daughter under difficult circumstances in Chicago. The young girl comes upon and then nurses a wounded Doberman used for fighting, back to health. Duped by underworld types he was working as a courier for, father and daughter leave the dog and flee cross-country to Los Angeles with both canine and mobsters in pursuit. Written by Rodney Esperanza <esperanz@pacbell.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for one use of strong language, and strong beating | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


This movie was re-released directly to home video as The Tender in 1994. This was done immediately following the success of Pulp Fiction in attempts to capitalize of John Travolta's recaptured star power. See more »


At approximately 52:53, when the dog chases the rabbit into its burrow, the dirt and grass surrounding the burrow inexplicably shift, indicating the scene was composed of two different shots. See more »


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I loved this film!
10 September 2000 | by elainemarkSee all my reviews

I loved this movie, and so did my husband. I came across it by accident at the video store. That it had never enjoyed a theatrical release, was obvious by the comments on the video box. I rented it anyway, and ended up buying it. I found the acting to be sensitive, the cinematography to be beautiful, and the story uplifting.

I understand "Eyes of an Angel" has been poorly received by the revered movie critics; too violent for kids, boring to adults, etc., but I didn't find it boring or excessively violent.

I'm not too stupid to recognize a really bad movie when I see one. I was raised by intellectual, artistic parents. So I enjoy classical music, rock and roll, Shakespeare and really brainless action movies. I don't automatically like chick flicks just because I'm a chick, and even though I can't stand boxing, I loved Raging Bull! If the film is well made, I'll appreciate it, no matter what the subject.

And for some reason, this film touched me. It made me happy. Perhaps I'm a sucker for a dog story. But you know, everyone I lent the video to, enjoyed it as much as I did.

Go figure!

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Release Date:

29 June 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tender See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Color (Astrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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