City of Angels [DVD] 
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This Hollywood remake of Wim Wenders' art-house hit 'Wings of Desire' stars Nicolas Cage as an angel desperate to hang up his wings and join the mortal rank-and-file. His chief object of affection is a distinctly down-to-earth surgeon (Meg Ryan), who needs some convincing that the man she starts falling in love with has sacrificed immortality to be with her.
Some critics complained that City of Angels could never compare to Wim Wenders's exquisite German film Wings of Desire, which served as the later film's primary inspiration. The better argument to make is that any such comparisons are beside the point, because Wings of Desire was a much more deeply poetic, artfully contemplative film, whereas City of Angels is an enchanting product of mainstream Hollywood. Meg Ryan stars as Dr. Maggie Rice, a heart surgeon who is grieving over a lost patient when an angel named Seth (Nicolas Cage) appears to comfort her. She can see him despite the "rule" that angels are invisible, and Seth's love for Maggie forces him to choose between angelic immortality and a normal human existence on earth with her. Featuring heavenly roles for TV veterans Andre Braugher and Dennis Franz, the film liberally borrows imagery from Wings of Desire, but it also creates its own charming identity. Cage and Ryan give fine performances as lovers convinced they are soul mates, and although the plot relies on a last-minute twist that doesn't quite work, this earnest love story struck a chord with audiences and proved to be one of the surprise hits of 1998. --Jeff ShannonSee all Product Description
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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"..........
His name is Seth - and next thing he’s walking alongside Susan who’s lying in her pyjamas on a hospital gurney looking up at him as a group of doctors and surgeons try to get her to the operating room on time. Moments later Seth and tiny Susan are looking in at the medical commotion through the glass outside – holding hands as they watch an unresponsive child’s body and a mother breaking down in agony. Susan looks up and asks Seth - "She won't understand?" He calmly replies - "She will…someday…"
Inside hot cars motionless on a log-jammed freeway - we see the citizens of LA and hear their thoughts about doomed love affairs ("he's never gonna leave her…"), work worries and how everything takes twenty minutes in Los Angeles. We then witness more angels in human form at work – one listening to the thoughts of a mother proud that her daughter has had a 6lb 4oz baby and become a parent too - helping an air-traffic controller concentrate when his debt problems almost distract him from Flight Federal 595 - and two working a kid and a scared liquor store owner on opposite sides of the counter – urging them both to 'stay cool' as the jumpy young man nervously robs his till with a gun.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice idea for a movie. Started out well but I feel it lost focus a bit as it went on and the ending was a bit abrupt.Published 14 days ago by S Y
Sadly this disc would not play effectively so I didn't get to see the film.Published 19 days ago by Ann Lindsay
Brilliant film such a classic love story only to have it taken away...Published 1 month ago by brisinger