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Michael (1996)

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Two tabloid reporters checking out a report of the Archangel Michael living with an old woman find that it's true. But that's not the only surprise.

Director:

Nora Ephron

Writers:

Peter Dexter (story) (as Pete Dexter), Jim Quinlan (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Michael
Andie MacDowell ... Dorothy Winters
William Hurt ... Frank Quinlan
Bob Hoskins ... Vartan Malt
Robert Pastorelli ... Huey Driscoll
Jean Stapleton ... Pansy Milbank
Teri Garr ... Judge Esther Newberg
Wallace Langham ... Bruce Craddock
Joey Lauren Adams ... Anita
Carla Gugino ... Bride
Tom Hodges ... Groom
Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Evie
Richard Schiff ... Italian Waiter
Calvin Trillin ... Sheriff
Donald J. Lee Jr. Donald J. Lee Jr. ... Court Bailiff
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Storyline

Frank Quinlan and Huey Driscoll, two reporters from a Chicago-based tabloid, along with Dorothy Winters, an 'angel expert', are asked to travel to rural Iowa to investigate a claim from an old woman that she shares her house with a real, live archangel named Michael. Upon arrival, they see that her claims are true - but Michael is not what they expected: he smokes, drinks beer, has a very active libido and has a rather colourful vocabulary. In fact, they would never believe it were it not for the two feathery wings protruding from his back. Michael agrees to travel to Chicago with the threesome, but what they don't realise is that the journey they are about to undertake will change their lives forever. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's an angel... Not a saint.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a mild barroom brawl, some language and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Майкл See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,629,196, 29 December 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$95,318,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,718,203
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jack Nicholson turned down the lead role. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene of the movie, there is a flag seen outside of the First Commerce Bank. When the shot is further away, there is no longer a flag. See more »

Quotes

Huey Driscoll: My wife has lips like a blowfish.
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Soundtracks

I Thought About You
(1939)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Published by Lewis Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
administered by Music Sales Corp./Bourne Co. (ASCAP)/Johnny Mercer Music Publishing Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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John Travolta will 'ruffle your feathers'…
14 May 2006 | by Missileman1See all my reviews

…in this, yet again, Nora Ephron pleaser. How can you not sniggle, laugh, guffaw and even cheer for a love-handled, smoking, suger-eating, beer-drinking, bull-charging, bar-dancing Archangel who sloops cereal and pie with his whole left-hand wrapped around a spoon-handle while outfitted in Vinnie Barbarino's middle-aged body with wings? It's one of the most ludicrous, classic, side-splitting images available on the silver screen. And if you don't 'get' that image, here's a quarter --- go buy yourself a life.

I found the supporting cast, well -- well-cast. Hurt, MacDowell, Pastorelli, Hoskins, Stapleton et al played the characters they were given to a 'T." And despite Travolta stealing the show, those characters are quintessential to the storyline – you'll see. Though this is a simple feel-good story (nothing complicated to follow, just out of the ordinary) with laughs, sniffles and a touch of heart, you can't get out of this without some introspection into your own life. Maybe that's why the IMDb nay-sayers of this film have such a problem with it (you poor, sad people).

Please – do yourself a favor, ignore the 'lifeless' and treat yourself to something GOOD. Lord knows, we can't get enough of that…


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