City of Angels

Directed By: Brad Silberling Starring: Nicolas Cage Meg Ryan

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by Catherine on 5/19/1999

I thought the movie was really great until the end, I haven't cryed so hard in a long time and it was tears of dissapointment not good ones at all. The movie was very well acted and the plot was interesting it was the end that totally broke my heart in two!

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by Jillian Cyrus on 6/14/1999

I think that the move was really good until the end. It was so sad! He risked everything to be with her and she ended up dying. That was too sad, I cried for days. Everytime I thought about it I would cry. But I thought the movie was really good, that was the only downfal!!

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He can remain an angel and live forever. Or he can forsake his immortality and become human on the chance that she might love him.


Studio Warner
SKU 40100886
UPC 085391632023
UPC 14 00085391632023
Format DVD
Release Date 9/26/2006
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 1695
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based in part on Wim Wenders's 1988 film, WINGS OF DESIRE, this is the story of Seth (Nicolas Cage), an angel who wanders the Los Angeles area invisible to humans. As someone's death approaches, he spends time near that person and becomes visible while acting as traveling companion during the trip to the great hereafter. His discovery of a distraught heart surgeon, Maggie (Meg Ryan), inspires him to forego his immortality and exist on earth with her as a feeling and mortal entity.
Sight and Sound "...Cage's performance [is] at once intense and ethereal..." 07/??/1998 p.37-8
Entertainment Weekly "...This New Agey take will still engage the heartrings of any mortal with the teensiest desire to believe..." -- Rating: B 09/18/1998 p.94
Box Office "...It succeeds, thanks to Nicholas Cage's lovable puppy-dog-eyed appeal..." 06/01/1998 p.79
Los Angeles Times "...CITY OF ANGELS does a haunting job of creating a lifestyle and a look for its heavenly creatures..." 04/10/1998 p.C1
Chicago Sun-Times "...[Ryan is] sunny and persuasive....This is one of her best performances....There are revelations in this story..." 04/10/1998 p.33
Brad Silberling
Nicolas Cage
Meg Ryan
Cast & Crew
Andre Braugher - Actor
Dennis Franz - Actor
Meg Ryan - Actor
Nicolas Cage - Actor
Wim Wenders - Based on Screenplay By
John Seale - Cinematographer
Shay Cunliffe - Costume Designer
Brad Silberling - Director
Lynzee Klingman - Editor
Gabriel Yared, et al. - Musical Score
Robert Cavallo, et al. - Producer
Lilly Kilvert - Production Designer
Dana Stevens - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 16320
UPC 00085391632023
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 114 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Golden Globe (1999) Alanis Morissette, Nominee, Best Original Song - Motion Picture ("Uninvited")
Golden Satellite Awards (1999) Gabriel Yared, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Score
Grammy Awards (1999) Gabriel Yared, Nominee, Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television,Alanis Morissette, Nominee, Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television ("Uninvited")
Image Award (1999) Andre Braugher, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture
MTV Award (1999) Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Nominee, Best On-Screen Duo
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review City of Angels' is an odd hybrid but a successful one. It marries the lyricism and heavy atmosphere of a European art film with the soaring spirit of a Hollywood love story. If the audience were allowed to think for too long -- to see the romantic machinery being dragged out -- the picture would break into pieces. But director Brad Silberling keeps it together, tugging here at human longing, there at fear, sometimes subtly, sometimes openly, and never too much... City of Angels demonstrates the best kind of emotionally manipulative filmmaking. The actors deserve a lot of the credit. As an angel experiencing human sensation for the first time, Nicolas Cage's power of concentration is such that he can convince an audience it's witnessing his first touch, his first kiss. There's no doubting his tenderness, his elation or his innocence... His heart leads him, of course, to where all men ultimately go in Meg Ryan movies -- to Ryan, who has made a career out of her ability to seem worthy of such enthusiasm. Here she's a little different -- a thoracic surgeon, an insomniac, a religious skeptic... City of Angels tries to have it both ways. It assures the audience that a spirit world exists, that there's life after death and that angels are standing by, waiting to give comfort. At the same time, it makes earthly emotions and sensations the pinnacle experience...
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Philadelphia City Paper
Review Nicolas Cage is the ideal choice for this role, which revisits the one played by Bruno Ganz in Wim Wenders' densely evocative Wings of Desire. Like Ganz, Cage has eyes that convey deep and soulful sadness; unlike Ganz, he has an engaging physical elasticity, so that his contortions as an angel who falls in love with a human woman become almost outrageously expressive. Cage is an extraordinary performer, capable of uncanny poise and sensual humor. The object of his affections is Meg Ryan. That she plays a heart surgeon is a weighty metaphor, but it effectively underlines her faith in science and bodies. Directed by Brad Silberling, written by Dana Stevens and beautifully shot by John Seale, the film is thick with resonant imagery. The angels wear long black...overcoats, hang out in the L.A. public library, listening to the murmurs of patrons' thoughts (a specific reference to Wenders), sit atop the Hollywood sign or high rise construction sites, and begin each day at the beach, where they hear a heavenly chorus accompanying the light. Dennis Franz plays an earthy fallen angel and Cage's advisor (Peter Falk's part in Wings)...
Reviewer Cindy Fuchs
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Cage,Nicolas
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jay Carr, The Boston Globe The most powerful and spellbinding romance in years.
Newsweek A romantic film (that) earns its wings.
The Boston Globe The most powerful and spellbinding romance in years.
David Ansen, Newsweek ...a lyrical, unabashedly romantic film [that] earns its wings...

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