City of Angels Movie Review Summary

Actors: Meg Ryan, Nicolas Cage, Dennis Franz, André Braugher

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of City of Angels

The female lead is a skilled heart surgeon who begins to doubt her ability to save lives. She is observed and in some ways guided by an angel (male lead) to realize that she has been doing her best and that the deaths which have occurred on her table are not within her control.
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In the process of doing this, the angel, from time to time, makes himself visible to the doctor.

In spite of the rules the angel must adhere to, he finds himself falling in love with the doctor and becomes visible to her more frequently.

In a chance contact with a man awaiting surgery, the angel learns that the man is an angel who has chosen to "fall", becoming mortal, thus being able to feel, smell, love.

The angel ultimately decides to "fall" and the doctor (Meg Ryan) and the angel (Nicolas Cage) enter an earthly relationship. He has made the ultimate sacrifice, but their life together lasts only one day as a result of a road accident which kills the doctor.

This story is very much like the dual sacrifices described by O. Henry in "The Gift of the Magi".
The review of this Movie prepared by Don Williams

It's a story of sacrifice and love. When an angel falls in love with a mortal, he's faced with a dilemma. Should he give up his blessed position in heaven, become a mortal if only to spend one day with the one he loves?
The review of this Movie prepared by Rhonda Cluff

Script Analysis of City of Angels

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Religion themed film?    -   Yes Lover is...    -   magical being

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's Has magical powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -    Invisibility    -   can read emotions    -   can talk to animals    -   mind reading    -   can fly    -   is very quick Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Pacific NW Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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