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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Hurt refused to stop smoking cigarettes while shooting, and reshoots were almost scheduled. Eventually the producers decided they would have them edited out in post. See more »

Goofs

When all of them are driving to downtown Chicago to see the Sears Tower, there's a shot of the car driving down the highway. Then in the next scene you see them driving down another highway with the lake on the left, and the John Hancock Tower in front of them. This is impossible because the first highway is I-90 and the other highway is Lake Shore Drive (U.S. Route 41). There is no direct way to go from I-90 to U.S. 41. Actually, I-90 and U.S. 41 meet in Northern Indiana, but this would be a circuitous route and if 41 was taken from Indiana, Lake Michigan would be on the right, going to the Sear's Tower. See more »

Quotes

Michael: Money Changers!
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Two of a Kind (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Georgia Slop
(1990) (uncredited)
Written by Jimmy McCracklin
Published by Eden Music Corp, BMI
Performed by Los Lobos
Produced by Larry Hirsch and Los Lobos
Courtesy of Warners Bros. Records, Inc.
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Lovely Capraesque Comedy Drama
21 February 2004 | by bigbillytSee all my reviews

It has been quite some time since I last saw this film. However, the amazingly low IMDB score has prompted me to jot down a few thoughts and memories I have regarding this under-appreciated masterpiece.

I find it appalling that this film would score so poorly in this arena. It is a wonderful, life affirming story with a positive message. Perhaps this is what we have come to. The comedy is not gross enough, the message too sentimental and the meaning too simple for modern "sophisticated" audiences. Well, I for one, absolutely loved every minute of it. It is easily Andie MacDowell's best performance. William Hurt is fantastic as the cynic who comes around in the end and the whole supporting cast does a wonderful job. Of course, John Travolta is superb. This is one of my favorite roles Travolta has played and it is simply resplendent. I would have to say this is in my top twenty of comedy-dramas ever. I just happen to love the way the film unapologetically illustrates how wonderful life is. How even the little things that we take for granted, like pie, are fantastic and how we should enjoy every minute like it was our last.

For a much more detailed and well written review see the fine work of jhclues who echoes my feelings about the movie so much that I feel it would be redundant of me to restate, probably poorly, all that they have already committed to page.

It is also interesting that so many people really hated it. I wonder if they weren't just put off by the "less than traditional" view of a religious subject.


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