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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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Brad Silberling

Writers:

Wim Wenders (screenplay "Der Himmel über Berlin"), Peter Handke (screenplay "Der Himmel über Berlin") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This dialogue between Seth (Nicolas Cage) and Maggie - "Let's go." "Where?" "I don't care." "What will we do?" "Anything." - is virtually identical to an exchange between Cage and Deborah Foreman in Valley Girl (1983). See more »

Goofs

When Maggie and Seth are looking at Maggie's blood through a microscope, the image shown is too zoomed in for a light microscope (with a maximum resolving power of around X1500). See more »

Quotes

Nathaniel Messinger: Seth knows no fear, no pain, no hunger, he hears music in the sunrise. But he'd give it all up, he loves you that much.
Maggie Rice: I don't understand.
Nathaniel Messinger: He can fall, he can give up his existence as he knows it, he can give up eternity and become... one of us.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD contains some additional/extended scenes:
  • Seth studies Maggie in her home while she is preparing a bath.
  • Maggie's dog Earl leaves her bed at night and she turns the light on. He sits beside Seth who is watching her. As she can't see Seth she just goes back to sleep.
  • The first surgery scene is extended.
  • Maggie prepares dinner while Seth watches her.
  • Seth and Maggie visit Nathaniel Messinger at his bed.
  • After Nathaniel told Maggie that Seth can fall, she goes and searches for angels in the hospital.
  • A montage of small tidbits that had to be cut like Seth talking to a Vietnamese woman or him trying to feel the blowing wind at the beach.
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Connections

Referenced in Manhattan Chase (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Angelus
Written by Wojciech Kilar
Performed by Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach (as The Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Katowice) and The Polish Radio Choir (as Polish Radio and Televison Choir, Cracow)
Antoni Wit, Conductor: Delfina Ambroziak, Soprano
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Nice try, but falls short.
4 November 1998 | by Static-3See all my reviews

I found City of Angels to be a disturbing film. Disturbing because while it did bring up some good points (such as appreciating things we all take for granted - like the pleasure of our senses of touch, smell etc), I felt as though it really fell short in other ways. I felt as though the movie portrayed the life of angels to be dark and meaningless, and I believe that to be an absurd concept. Granted, I understand the portrayal may "glamorize" Cage's character by making him a bit of a rebel angel by showing some actual emotion, but still - the concept of these angels being surrounded in God's love and looking so bleak is beyond me. I guess this movie would be more for the non-believers.


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