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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael
... Dorothy Winters
... Frank Quinlan
... Vartan Malt
... Huey Driscoll
... Pansy Milbank
... Judge Esther Newberg
... Bruce Craddock
... Anita
... Bride
Tom Hodges ... Groom
... Evie
... Italian Waiter
... Sheriff
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>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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

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Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'archange  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although set in Iowa many scenes were filmed in and around New Braunfels, Texas. Gruene Hall, built in 1878 and known as the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas served as, "Joe's," where the dance scene to, "Chain of Fools," and the ensuing bar brawl took place. See more »

Goofs

When Michael is dancing in the nightclub, wearing a trench-coat, he spins around in a circle and his trench-coat floats up a little, and there are no wings available, but then immediately following the spin, his wing tips are sticking out from the bottom of the trench-coat. See more »

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Michael: Money Changers!
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Connections

References Hard Copy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven Is My Home
(1996)
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Sung with Valerie Carter
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Lovely Capraesque Comedy Drama
21 February 2004 | by See 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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