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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A sequel has been in the works for nearly 20 years. Travolta consistently calls it "his finest work." Expected 2020. See more »

Goofs

When Michael is sitting outside of Brown's Motel, talking to Sparky, big rolls of hay can be seen relatively close to them. In later shots, the hay is in a field much farther off in the distance. See more »

Quotes

Michael: You gotta learn to laugh, it's the way to true love.
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Connections

References Hard Copy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Lips Like a Blowfish
(1996)
Written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron
Published by Techwood Music, Inc.
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Easily enjoyable
30 May 2009 | by kyle-cruseSee all my reviews

Wow, I think the overall average rating of this film on this site is incredibly low. There's really no reason to dislike this film. "Michael" is a simple, but fairly original, and easily enjoyable romantic comedy. The plot involves a group of reporters/experts going to examine the mysterious appearance of an angel (John Travolta) in the midwest. The angel proves to be less saintly and more worldly than we would expect, and that's what makes it entertaining. His interest in women and the Beatles takes a new spin on the angel thing. The romantic side of this film involves Michael the angel trying to get Andie MacDowell and William Hurt together. The two of them may not have the all-time greatest on-screen chemistry, but they certainly have enough to make it work well. Everyone who has rated this film so low (a 5.4??), come on! The film is not that bad. In fact, I found it quite funny and memorable. Sure, it's not the best thing you'll ever see, but it's still good. This is a film I feel has been remarkably underrated. It's fun, romantic, and recommended by me.

*** out of ****


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