John Travolta
Director: Nora Ephron Cast: John Travolta
John Travolta
, Andie MacDowell
Andie MacDowell
, William Hurt
William Hurt
Nora Ephron

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There are angels among us, and they like lots of sugar in their coffee, in writer-director Nora Ephron's comic fantasy Michael. Vartan Malt (Bob Hoskins) is the editor of a tabloid called the National Mirror that specializes in unlikely stories about celebrities and frankly unbelievable tales about ordinary folks. When Malt gets word that a woman is supposedly harboring an angel in a small town in Iowa, he figures that this might be right up the Mirror's alley, so he sends out three people to get the story -- Frank Quinlan (William Hurt), a reporter whose career has hit the skids; Huey Discoll (Robert Pastorelli), a photographer on the verge of losing his job (even though he owns the Mirror's mascot, Sparky The Wonder Dog); and Dorothy Winters (Andie MacDowell), a self-styled "angel expert." They arrive at the rooming house of Patsy Millband (Jean Stapleton), who informs them that she does indeed have an angel for a tenant, and introduces them to Michael (John Travolta). Michael has wings like an angel, but the resemblance ends there; Michael loves cigarettes, has an uncontrollable sweet tooth (and a pot belly to match), tends to use a large number of non-angelic phrases, is not much on personal hygiene, and likes to hang out with the ladies. Michael informs his visitors that in Heaven, an angel is allowed a certain number of "vacations" on Earth, and he's in the midst of one now; trouble is, this is the last one he's entitled to, and he wants to make the most of it. Frank and Huey then stumble on a great story idea -- if Michael wants to have some fun, why not take him to Chicago, where he can really kick up his heels? Michael was written in part by Jim Quinlan, himself a one-time reporter, though with a much more respectable tabloid than the Mirror -- he wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/2020
UPC: 0883929719501
Original Release: 1996
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 45,886

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Michael
Andie MacDowell Dorothy Winters
William Hurt Frank Quinlan
Bob Hoskins Vartan Malt
Robert Pastorelli Huey Driscoll
Jean Stapleton Pansy Milbank
Teri Garr Judge Esther Newberg
Blue Deckert Joe
Joey Lauren Adams Anita
Wallace Langham Bruce Craddock
Carla Cugino bride
Tom Hodges groom
Catherine Lloyd Burns Evie
Richard Schiff Italian Waiter
Calvin Trillin sheriff
Donald J. Lee court bailiff
Joann Fregalette Jansen Tammy
David Harrod Mal
Jane Lanier Suzanne
John Hussey minister
Margaret Travolta Reporter
David Bernstein reporter
Betsy Sokolow reporter
Tracy Doyle reporter
Deborah Nunez woman
Dell Aldrich woman
Kay Colvin woman
James Garrell old geezer
Peyton Park old geezer
Dianne Dreyer Jennifer
Tim Harrison slacker
Daniel Mimura slacker
Mark Nutter counterman
Randy Newman Conductor

Technical Credits
Nora Ephron Director,Producer,Screenwriter
David Bernstein Asst. Director
Jo Edna Boldin Casting
G. Mac Brown Co-producer
Colin Campbell Sound/Sound Designer
Alan B. Curtiss Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Sean Daniel Producer
Daniel Davis Production Designer
Debbie Denise Executive Producer
Pete Dexter Original Story,Screenwriter
Delia Ephron Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Mary Goldberg Casting
Ralph Horan Executive Producer
Robert Huberman Asst. Director
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects
James Jacks Producer
Joann Fregalette Jansen Choreography
Lawrence Karman Camera Operator
Dan Korintus Sound Editor
Jonathan D. Krane Executive Producer
Donald J. Lee Associate Producer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Elizabeth McBride Costumes/Costume Designer
Nick Meyers Musical Direction/Supervision
Randy Newman Score Composer,Songwriter
Geraldine Peroni Editor
Adele Plauche Set Decoration/Design
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Jim Quinlan Original Story,Screenwriter
Martin Schaer Camera Operator
Michael Scheffe Art Director
Warren Shaw Sound Editor
Carl Sprague Art Director
James Tocci Art Director

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