• City of Angels (1998)

City of Angels

Release Date: April 10th, 1998

DVD Release Date: September 29th, 1998

PG-13 |1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary

This is the story of Seth (Nicolas Cage), an angel who wanders the Los Angeles area invisible to humans. As the demise of an individual approaches, he spends time near them and becomes visible while acting as their traveling companion during their trip to the great hereafter. His discovery of distraught heart surgeon Maggie (Meg Ryan) inspires him to forego his immortality and exist on earth with her as a feeling and mortal entity.

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz, Colm Feore, Robin Bartlett, Joanna Merlin, Sarah Dampf

Director: Brad Silberling

Genres: Romance

Production Co: Monarchy Enterprises B.V., Warner Brothers, Regency Enterprises, Atlas Entertainment

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Friendship , Love , Melodramatic , Death , Los Angeles , Hospital , 1990s , Friend , Transformation , Doctor ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    What I did appreciate is that City of Angels is one of the few angel movies that knows one essential fact about angels: They are not former people. ”Angels aren't human. We were never human,” observes Seth. This is quite true. Angels are purely spiritual beings. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    I suspect City of Angels is going to remind many viewers of “Ghost,” but there's a big difference: this film is more true and less manipulative. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

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Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture