City of Angels (1998)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance


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An angel on Earth, a doctor unable to believe, a patient with a secret, a love story made in Heaven.


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  • Casper Van Dien at an event for City of Angels (1998)
  • Meg Ryan at an event for City of Angels (1998)
  • Meg Ryan stars as Maggie
  • Nicolas Cage stars as Seth
  • Dennis Quaid at an event for City of Angels (1998)
  • Nick and Meg on the set

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17 January 2000 | Petunia-2
Are You in Despair?
A very different look at the world of angels and their interaction with human beings. If this were a story about the devil, IMDB would have plenty of comments so I am not surprised to read so many negative ones.

I don't believe that angels wear black, but I do believe in the premise of this movie: "sometimes things are true whether you believe in them or not."

Meg Ryan, a very unlikely choice, was thoroughly believable as an obsessive-compulsive doctor who never sleeps. When she loses a patient for the first time, she cries bitterly and cannot understand how it could have happened--all witnessed by Nicolas Cage as Seth, an angel who was sent to escort her patient to heaven. Cage allows himself to be seen by Ryan in a hospital corridor and sweetly asks, "Are you in despair?" This entire conversation sweeps the women in the audience into their evolving relationship. Yes, I guess this is definitely a woman's movie.

Others in lesser roles were quite good. Dennis Franz nails the part of a former angel who has "fallen to earth." (I do not watch his television show so this was the first time I have seen him act--I was impressed.) Andre Braugher, formerly of Homicide (a show I did watch), was terrific as Seth's closest angel friend, although he had very few lines, as usual Braugher was effective. His smile at the end of the movie stays with you.

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