City of Angels (1998)
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An angel must decide if love is more important than eternal peace in this Americanized adaptation of Wim Wenders' modern classic Wings of Desire. Seth (Nicholas Cage) is an angel who hovers over the city of Los Angeles, listening to people's thoughts, observing their lives, and guiding them to the next world when they die. While Seth and his fellow angels try to offer comfort to people as they can, they are discouraged from direct contact with humans and are usually invisible to them. While at a
Apr 10, 1998 Wide
Sep 29, 1998
Warner Home Video
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Strains to achieve the enchantingly sublime, but ends up sinking to the depressingly ridiculous.
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.
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.
It manages to leave a pleasant afterglow for those in the mood for its kind of loving.
The movie's eerie, slightly menacing vision of black-clad angels lurking in the shadowy corners of unsuspecting lives is genuinely haunting.
City of Angels is the sort of compromised movie that could have been almost good, but decided to be a great big hit instead.
City of Angels raises theological questions, albeit in a somewhat pedestrian manner, and makes them an integral part of its otherwise formulaic plot.
Superb imagery can't compensate for deficiencies of Dana Steven's script and can't hide the formulaic nature of this film.
This useless remake lacks the sheer ethereal beauty of the original Wings of Desire.
Why would anyone remake Wim Wenders' masterpiece, Wings of Desire? Certainly not for artistic reasons.
A thinking person's film for those who can't think.
Marries romance and faith in a love story as charming as a handmade valentine. It is so lovely to look at and so sincere in intent that its flaws don't matter much.
Walking out of the theater, I felt different. The film made me realize how wonderful life could be, how a thing as simple as wind on your face or the taste of a pear had value.
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- Maggie: No dying now, Mr. Messenger. Not until you give me Seth's phone number.
- Messinger: Some things are true whether you believe 'em or not.
- Seth: I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss of her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it. One.
- Seth: To touch you, and to feel you. To be able to hold your hand right now. Do you know what that means to me? Do you? Do you know how much I love you?
- Seth: I always asked the dying what they liked best about living. Wrote it down in my book. This is it. This is what I like best.
- Seth: I came to take Mr. Balford, and I saw you. I couldn't take my eyes off you. How you fought for him. And you looked right at me, like I was a man.
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