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City of Angels (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 10 April 1998 (USA)
Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel (Cage) who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room. Franz plays Cage's buddy who somehow knows a lot about angels.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Seth
... Dr. Maggie Rice
... Cassiel
... Nathaniel Messinger
... Jordan Ferris
... Anne
... Teresa Messinger
... Susan
Rhonda Dotson ... Susan's Mother
... Doctor
... Man in Car
... Woman in Car
Christian Aubert ... Foreign Visitor in Car
... Air Traffic Controller
... Jimmy, Anesthesiologist
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Storyline

Seth is an angel who accompanies the spirits of the recently dead to the ever after. Seth has never been human and so has never experienced touch or taste. When in the hospital however he comes across Dr. Maggie Rice, a brilliant young heart surgeon who is devoted to her profession and her patients. Seth has the power to let himself be seen but Maggie finds him far too mysterious. Seth also meets a patient, Nathaniel Messinger, who has news for him - he too was once an angel like Seth but chose to fall to Earth and become human. Seth makes a decision on his future, which does not turn out as he had expected. Written by garykmcd

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What if angels walked among us, and one of them fell in love with us? See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality including language, and some nudity | See all certifications »

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10 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un ángel enamorado  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,369,048, 12 April 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$78,685,114

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$198,685,114
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Seth becomes human, he can only understand the English language. This is the opposite to Wings of Desire (1987), where Damiel (Bruno Ganz) can speak any language after the fall to Earth and becoming human. See more »

Goofs

When Seth is cutting the lettuce, he pulls a knife out of the knife block containing 4 or 5 knives. In a later shot, after he has cut his hand, there is only one knife in the block. See more »

Quotes

Nathaniel Messinger: Listen, kid: he gave these bozos the greatest gift in the universe - you think he didn't give it to us, too?
Seth: Which gift?
Nathaniel Messinger: Free will, brother. Free will.
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Soundtracks

Angelus
Written by Wojciech Kilar
Performed by Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach (as The Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Katowice)
Polish Radio and Televison Choir, Cracow
Anton Wit, Conductor: Delfina Ambroziak, Soprano
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Artistic vision and commercial gloss that works.
14 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

I was hesitant to see this movie for the longest time. Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan in a romantic drama would seem to spell a movie filled with forlorn looks and sweet nothings whispered to each other. Upon seeing it, this movie proved my suspicions true.

However, I was astonished at how much more this film had. The sheer amount of interesting concepts, combined with the ability to look at humanity from some distance, made this movie well worth the watch. If this film succeeds, and I believe it does, it is precisely because of the mixture of Hollywood gloss and original Wenders magic. Something for everyone, if only you give it a little thought.

Touching date movie, nice discussion piece, and filled with attractive people, City of Angels is wonderfully shallow and surprisingly deep at times, making it well worth the watch.


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