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City of Angels [Blu-ray] [1998] [US Import]
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2003
Nicolas Cage gives a wonderful performance as Seth, an Angel who falls in love and begins to long for the ability to express that love. Seth is an Angel who helps the dead cross over and in some respects this film resembles the 1930's film "Death Takes a Holiday" with Frederick March and Evelyn Veneble.

Meg Ryan is Maggie, the doctor who is the object of Seth's affection. She somehow sences his prescence when trying to save one of her patients and he is touched and bewildered by her. Andre Braugher steals every scene he is in as Seth's fellow Angel and friend. They all hang out at the library and gather every morning at the beach to see the sunrise and hear the singing of heaven. Dennis Franz has a fine turn as a patient in Maggie's hospital who knows Seth is there because he to was once an Angel.
This provides Seth with a way to truly love Maggie if he can find the courage to leave heaven behind, and just, fall.
This is one of the most romantic movies of recent years and has a message about the wonderful things we all take for granted. More than that, it is a story about the importace of love, even one felt for only a moment, for it is that experience which makes us special among all creation.
I will not ruin the last portion of this film if you have not seen it, but as we all know there is a price we pay for being human. This film is for anyone who has ever loved someone as Seth does, who would trade all eternity for just one breath of her hair. This is a truly memorable film you will watch over and over.
Films like this are rarely made anymore and this is one to cherish. You will never forget the line, "When they ask me what I liked best...I'll say it was You"..........
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2003
I stumbled across this film....as you do. However since then I have been thinking about it, so profoundly touched I have been by it. The scene where the song Angels is played I have played over and over. Rarely has a film touched my very soul as this. I confess to being a hopeless romantic but in my mind there is not enough of that in the world. City of Angels makes you glad to be human and have the capacity to love and be loved and to recognise the concept of sacrifice within it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2014
I had heard about "City of Angels" but never managed to watch it. Recently it was shown on television and I was excited to finally see it. After the first half hour it started breaking up.But what I had seen was enough to make me want to watch the whole film.So I ordered it ,it arrived a few days later and my husband and I watched it the same night.
I have always liked Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan,and the combination of both worked well.
What if heaven exists and angels are all around us to guide us, protect us and finally lead us home ? The idea is well thought through ,sad in places but also with the assuring hope that death may not be the last place for us to go.
And also the thought that it's better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.
The film brings home the question what makes us human, with all of our imperfections and limits . Would you swap an eternal life for a life that is final ? Would you leave the security of heaven behind for the chance to experience love ?
City of Angels is a highly moving film. Romantic, deep, emotional,and spiritual.
We both loved it ,and if you like this genre of film,you will love it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2007
I saw this movie a few years ago, and i loved it (even though i sobbed) Its an inspiring and desperately saddening tale of love and all that love entails...wot else can i say,wot else do u need?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2005
This film was inspiring from start to finish and was a real tear jerker. This story of immense love give hope that there is someone out there for each one of us...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2015
As I saw this film on a friend's Wish List, I bought it for her along with "Meet Joe Black" as a present and she loves it. Starring Nicolas Cage (one of her absolute favourite actors) and Meg Ryan, "City of Angels" focuses on an angelic guardian come to earth, named Seth. A highly observant and rather silent character, he dares you to think again on whether you believe in angels or not. His challenging personality has an affect on Maggie, a young surgeon, which soon triggers the start of a gripping relationship. For a film that is charged by Cage scrutinizing everyone around him including Maggie, it is perfect for die hard fans of this fantastic actor.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
My most favourite film deserves 10 stars. Definitely, absolutely amazing film.
Touching to the heart, deep and emotional, true and genuine and totally romantic.
Anyone with a full heart will feel true emotion while watching this movie.
Soundtrack is beautiful too. The acting captures you.
If you want to dream in a land far away, watch this movie, and dream a little dream.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2014
I am a hopeless romantic, and was looking forward to watching this movie for sometime.
The movie starts with a slow but intense pace, gradually building up to something far bigger and better.
Is a deep, meaningful movie taking you to places in your phyche you didn't know existed.
However, just as you are fully engrossed in the movie, the cinematography and so forth, it's ends rather abruptly and before you know it, the credits are rolling.
This film had at least another hour in it, and finished far too soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Throw a stack of money at a tardy production team for a sensitive story. The result is seen in this offering.
Dreadful performances from Cage and Ryan combined with an attrocious script worthy only for publication in some junk
comic. Editing is totally ill timed and inconsistent. I have to ask if the film was constructed as a macabre joke to gauge
how may viewers would be taken in and start waffling about deep and hidden meanings. Attrocious in every respect.

David Turner (London U.K)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2001
An Angel (Nicholas Cage) who wants to know how it feels to feel, falls in love with a doctor (Meg Ryan) as he comes to take her patient to heaven....Simple storyline but directed in such a way that it tugs at the heartstrings at every turn. Basically a "Chick Flick" that guys can watch tooooo... I really enjoyed this unassuming movie so much so that i almost forgive it its really awful unimaginitive ending ...ALMOST...
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