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City of Angels (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 10 April 1998 (USA)
An angel on Earth, a doctor unable to believe, a patient with a secret, a love story made in Heaven.

Director:

Brad Silberling

Writers:

Wim Wenders (screenplay "Der Himmel über Berlin"), Peter Handke (screenplay "Der Himmel über Berlin") | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Seth
Meg Ryan ... Dr. Maggie Rice
Andre Braugher ... Cassiel
Dennis Franz ... Nathaniel Messinger
Colm Feore ... Jordan Ferris
Robin Bartlett ... Anne
Joanna Merlin ... Teresa Messinger
Sarah Dampf ... Susan
Rhonda Dotson Rhonda Dotson ... Susan's Mother
Nigel Gibbs ... Doctor
John Putch ... Man in Car
Lauri Johnson ... Woman in Car
Christian Aubert Christian Aubert ... Foreign Visitor in Car
Jay Patterson ... Air Traffic Controller
Shishir Kurup ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Colm Feore's character is called Jordan Ferris. This is a combination of the last names of superhero Hal Jordan/Green Lantern and his love interest Carol Ferris. Eventually they were adapted into Green Lantern (2011), with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively playing Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris, respectively. See more »

Goofs

At Messinger's welcome home picnic, Seth's reflection is visible in the sliding glass door. But Seth can be seen if he wants to be. See more »

Quotes

Seth: What's that like? What's it taste like? Describe it like Hemingway.
Maggie Rice: Well, it tastes like a pear. You don't know what a pear tastes like?
Seth: I don't know what a pear tastes like to you.
Maggie Rice: Sweet, juicy, soft on your tongue, grainy like a sugary sand that dissolves in your mouth. How's that?
Seth: It's perfect.
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Alternate Versions

When the film aired on the TVONE channel in New Zealand on Sunday afternoon April 16th 2012, the love scene between Seth and Maggie was omitted for daytime broadcast. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sex and the City: Bay of Married Pigs (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
Written by Lionel Hampton and Curley Hamner (as Curly Hamner)
Performed by Louis Prima
Courtesy of Jasmine Records
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So-So
7 June 1999 | by WywalkSee all my reviews

I'm about the easiest person in the world from which to jerk a tear, and this movie left me completely dry-eyed. Yes, it was a very Hollywood story, complete with quick, convenient character transformations & plot discoveries & a very predictable plot-line, but a well-done Hollywood tale can often reduce me to big, blubbering sobs. I think the main problem with this movie was the total miscasting of Nicholas Cage - I agree completely with those who say that had they met him in the hospital corridor as Meg did they would have been terrified & called hospital security!! There was no warmth or wisdom or charisma or anything in his portrayal - it was as though he was hiding everything that normally makes Nicholas Cage sexy & compelling in a mis-guided effort to appear wise & ethereal. Had an actor like John Travolta or Jeff Bridges or any number of independent film stalwarts been cast, some charm & a sense of humor could have shown through, I could have understood why he compelled her, and perhaps the story would have moved me, in spite of the Hollywoodish-ness.


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City of Angels See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,369,048, 12 April 1998

Gross USA:

$78,685,114

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$198,685,114
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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