City Of Angels – Edited

Theatrical Release: October 9, 2003
DVD Release: October 9, 2003


CITY OF ANGELS is a sweet but unbelievable love story about an angel and a surgeon falling in love. Seth (Nicolas Cage) is sent to the county hospital to watch over Maggie (Meg Ryan), a highly skilled surgeon. Seth becomes so attracted to Maggie that she feels his presence and he is able to let her see him. They begin a strange friendship that develops into love. Seth is one of dozens of angels who look human, dress in long black overcoats, and gather at sunrise and sunset on the Los Angeles beach. Besides the dying, young children and Maggie, one of Maggie’s patients, Nathan Messinger (Dennis Franz), can see Seth. He tells Seth he too was an angel but opted to “give up eternity” so he could experience human feelings and emotions. Seth decides to become human so he and Maggie can be together. This strange love story makes little sense, and the characters are unconvincing. But the film still could prove to be popular.

Dove Review

Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage together on the same screen should be fireworks and wonderfully entertaining. While I found the storyline to be interesting, one Hollywood studio has taken this topic on before with the film “Michael” starring John Travolta, and with this one I guess I expected more than what I got. I really like Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage, so I wanted the chemistry to be popping off the screen and I didn’t feel it was really there. Dennis Franz’s character, Nathan, understands both sides of the couple’s dilemma because he has been there and made the choice that is facing Seth. Love is a powerful thing, including all the facets, the positive and the negative. While this isn’t my favorite Meg Ryan film, I still enjoy seeing her innocence and wide-eyed wonderment on the screen.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Warner Home entertainment
Writer: Dana Stevens
Director: Brad Silberling
Producer: Dawn Steel and Charles Roven
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 110 min.
Reviewer: Dave Lukens