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Unlikely Angel (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | TV Movie 17 December 1996
Dolly Parton portrayed a country music performer who meets an untimely demise, but cannot enter heaven until she performs a good deed back on Earth, to get a workaholic widower and his ... See full summary »

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Michael Switzer

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Catherine Ann Jones (story) (as Katherine Ann Jones), Liz Coe (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dolly Parton ... Ruby Diamond
Roddy McDowall ... Saint Peter
Brian Kerwin ... Ben Bartilson
Allison Mack ... Sarah Bartilson
Eli Marienthal ... Matthew Bartilson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shelly Lenna Bauerly ... Angel in Choir
Ricki Dale Ricki Dale ... Secretary
Maria del Mar ... Allison
Matt Lincoln Matt Lincoln ... Tree Farm Worker
James Lurie ... Maitre'd
Frances Peach Frances Peach ... Bingo Lady
Gary Sandy ... Charlie
Terrie Snell ... Church Lady
Jana Stave Jana Stave ... Honky Tonk Woman
Billy 'Sly' Williams ... Security Guard
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Storyline

Dolly Parton portrayed a country music performer who meets an untimely demise, but cannot enter heaven until she performs a good deed back on Earth, to get a workaholic widower and his children back together again for Christmas. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Come in una favola See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title song has never officially been issued in audio format, however, Dolly Parton re-recorded it for her 2014 album "Blue Smoke". See more »

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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Deja Vu
(Also listed as "Deja view")
Written by Shelly Lenna Bauerly
Performed by Shelly Lenna Bauerly
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Likely to please everyone, another holiday winner
19 June 2012 | by Amy AdlerSee all my reviews

Ruby (Dolly Parton) is a two-bit country music performer, making the rounds at the local watering holes. On a day near Christmas, she goes to the parking lot after her act and gets a surprise. Her boyfriend is cheating on her in a "pickup" romantic tryst. Most unhappy, Ruby breaks off their relationship and gets behind the wheel of her own car. As can be expected, the singer is so upset that she doesn't pay attention to the road and crashes, fatally. At the pearly gates, Peter (Roddy McDowall) tells her she can't have her wings just yet. In her former earthly life, it seems Ruby had too many misspent days and nights. Now, the songstress must go back to earth as a nanny and help a widower, Ben (Brian Kerwin) and his family rediscover the joys of the holidays, after their loss. When Ruby gets to the house, she finds they need her desperately. Ben has thrown himself into his work and neglects his two children. The teenage daughter is picking inappropriate friends and actions, in search of attention, and the elementary aged son spends way too much time playing video games alone in his room. Slowly, Ruby works her magic. But, since her deadline, no pun intended, is December 25, will Ruby earn her wings? This is likely to be a film that the whole extended family can enjoy around the holidays. Parton is lovely, talented and funny while the rest of the cast compliments her well. How nice to see McDowall and in a comedic role. The look, sound, and pace of the movie is also pleasing. Be a lesser angel to your own loved ones and find this one for them.


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