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Angel-A (2005)

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A beautiful woman helps an inept scam artist get his game together.

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Luc Besson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamel Debbouze ... André Moussah
Rie Rasmussen ... Angel-A
Gilbert Melki ... Franck
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... Pedro
Akim Chir Akim Chir ... Le chef des malfrats
Eric Balliet Eric Balliet ... Garde du corps Franck
Loïc Pora Loïc Pora ... Le malfrat #2
Venus Boone Venus Boone ... La mère d'Angela
Jérôme Guesdon Jérôme Guesdon ... Le malfrat #3
Michel Bellot Michel Bellot ... Le planton US
Michel Chesneau ... Le flic commissariat
Olivier Claverie Olivier Claverie ... Le sécrétaire US
Solange Milhaud Solange Milhaud ... La femme de Saint-Lazare
Laurent Jumeaucourt Laurent Jumeaucourt ... Le dragueur
Franck-Olivier Bonnet Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... Le dernier client
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Storyline

André, a small-time ex-convict, seems to owe money to everyone in Paris, including a crime boss who promises to kill him if he doesn't repay him by midnight. After failing to find protection from the American embassy and the French police, a despairing André scrambles onto a bridge over the Seine, intending to leap to his death. He is surprised to see a tall, beautiful girl clinging to a rail on the same bridge, apparently preparing to end her life as well. She jumps, and he jumps too, suddenly resolving to save her life. After scrambling ashore, she tells him her name is Angel-A. Together, they take a cruise on the Seine, repay André's creditors, visit a Parisian nightspot, and more, as Angel-A helps André. He learns that for this purpose she has fallen out of the sky and into his life. André finds himself falling in love with this mysterious beauty. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

21 December 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ангел-А See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,436,391 (France), 23 December 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,234, 27 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$202,200, 30 September 2007
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Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In real life, Jamel Debbouze lost the use of his right arm in an accident in 1990. This is why his character in the film keeps his hand in his pocket throughout. See more »

Goofs

When Andre has a meeting with Frank in his office, the teaspoon on table changes position without Andre touching it. See more »

Quotes

André: Who'd be dead if I hadn't saved you?
Angel-A: Who'd be dead if there wasn't anyone to save?
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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"Crossroads
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breathtaking
7 June 2006 | by spacegirlgSee all my reviews

A beautiful, breathtakingly shot movie with a touching storyline. Besson often talks about his feminine side, and he is in full touch with it here. Those expecting another Nikita with lots of guns and car chases should look elsewhere. I'm sure they will find at least 10 other movies like that now in the multiplex, but nothing like this. Serious Besson fans will not be disappointed. Besson has filmed a Paris that is at the same time both beautiful and real. We see the beauty of Notre Dame, Parisian cafés, the city's bridges, but we also see its ugliness and the difficulty faced by those who do not fit the stereotype of what it means to be French. Anyone who has ever felt like a stranger in their own home will find a kindred spirit in Andre. It is a struggle to fit into a culture and a struggle to value one's self as a part of it.


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