City of Angels (1998)



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In Wim Wenders' gossamer Wings of Desire (1987), invisible angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) is moved by the sadness of Berlin trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin), and as his concern for her deepens, he yearns to experience life as humans do -- with love, pain, joy, and full sensory input. Wenders, who expanded on his masterpiece in his equally ethereal sequel, Faraway, So Close! (1993), once made notes on the terrible plight of an angel: "To live for an eternity and to be present all the time. To … More

Rating: PG-13 (For sexuality including language, and some nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Dana Stevens
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On DVD: Sep 29, 1998
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for City of Angels

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (17)

Strains to achieve the enchantingly sublime, but ends up sinking to the depressingly ridiculous.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

As a remake it's not as poetic as Wenders' masterpiece Wings of Desire, but it's supremely mounted (by ace lenser John Seale) and contains touching performances from Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan deviating from their respective screen images.

Full Review… | June 1, 2006
Top Critic

Funnier than Wenders' version, and it also succeeds in visualising LA as a magical city while dealing intelligently with the themes of mortality, sacrifice, free will, and the mixed blessings of the human condition.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

My face had been locked in that goofy, awestruck expression you experience only in Spielberg movies. City of Angels demonstrates the best kind of emotionally manipulative filmmaking.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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A lovely oddity.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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It manages to leave a pleasant afterglow for those in the mood for its kind of loving.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for City of Angels

A reinterpretation of the German film 'Wings of Desire', plot of the movie revolves around romance and spirituality. More than often movies of similar genre run the risk of side-stepping in to the lame zone of overwrought melodrama. But director(Brad Siberling) does a pretty decent job here without over-polishing the sentiments or pushing too hard for tears. Although its climax will tug hard at your heart strings, when tragedy strikes it's unexpected and makes it very effective.

Credit also should be given to the performance of the lead pair. Nicole Cage, with that soulful eyes and soft-spoken gestures, gives one of his most sublime performances. And Meg Ryan, shedding her customary perky girl image, proves that she is so much more than just a pretty face.

Sajin P A

Super Reviewer


She didn't believe in angels until she fell in love with one.

Saw it again! Excellent Movie! One of the best tragic romantic story I have ever seen. Great acting!

Angels are among us and when we feel an invisible presence, you better believe they are watching you. For a Los Angeles heart surgeon named Maggie, that is too much of a stretch. She believes that it is her job to save the lifes of her patients and when she meets Seth after visiting hours are over, he tells her it's simply just their time to go. She becomes intrigued by his presence and opinion. Seth is not just normal, he is an Angel. He meets Messinger while visiting patients. Messinger can see him because he was once a Angel but gave his power up to become human. This makes Seth want to become human so he can feel, smell, and love Maggie.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

A soaring soundtrack and sweeping visuals embellish this tale, like the classic Death Takes A Holiday, of an immortal falling in love with a mortal. The script could use some prayer though.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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