Date with an Angel

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Date with an Angel
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom McLoughlin
Produced by Martha Schumacher
Written by Tom McLoughlin
Starring Michael E. Knight
Phoebe Cates
Emmanuelle Béart
David Dukes
Music by Randy Kerber
Cinematography Alex Thomson
Edited by Marshall Harvey
Distributed by DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group
Release dates
  • November 20, 1987 (1987-11-20)
Running time
105 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,988,962

Date with an Angel is a 1987 American fantasy comedy film, starring Emmanuelle Béart, Phoebe Cates and Michael E. Knight. The film was written and directed by Tom McLoughlin. The original music score was composed by Randy Kerber. The visual effects were produced at Boss Film Studios under the supervision of Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Edlund. The film was marketed with the tagline "Jim is about to marry a princess... but he's in love with an angel."

Plot synopsis[edit]

Date with an Angel tells the story of Jim Sanders (Michael Knight), an executive at a cosmetics company, about to marry Patty Winston (Phoebe Cates), the daughter of Jim's boss. Jim suffers from a brain tumor, and his headaches have gotten worse. It is suggested that he will die, and an angel (Emmanuelle Béart) arrives on the scene, given the task of bringing Jim's soul back to heaven on the night of his engagement party.

After his three buddies, George, Don, and Rex, 'kidnap' Jim to take him to another celebration at his home, Jim decides that he has had enough of partying and goes to sleep. Later, Jim awakes to see a bright light illuminating from his apartment's swimming pool--and discovers the angel knocked unconscious after one of her wings were broken due to colliding with a satellite. Not wanting to see her be exploited, Jim decides to keep her shielded from the world while he helps repair her wings. This proves difficult, as the angel is unable to speak in human language (though she has no trouble understanding it), and is unaccustomed to the limitations/requirements of life as a mortal.

Inevitably, his buddies and his boss both discover her in his house; so does Patty, who thinks the angel is having an affair with Jim. Later, Patty sees the angel and Jim together on television, as he rescues her from being exposed to the world by his buddies, who had kidnapped her.

Later they escape to Jim's old childhood hideaway. In a short time, the angels wing is fully healed, allowing her to take flight and return to the pearly gates. However, a drunken and delusional Patty starts chasing Jim with a shotgun; her father, Jim's father, step-mother, and his buddies also arrive to confront him. Amid the chaos, Jim's uncontrollable headaches cause him to collapse to the ground, but the angel returns to save him, driving Patty and her father away, never to return.

Later, in the hospital, Jim's brain tumor gets worse and his situation appears grim. The angel comes back to see him, finally confirming that it was her original intention to take him to heaven. Instead, she saves him, and in the process is allowed to return to earth as a mortal woman, now able to speak English. She kisses Jim after assuring him that he'll be around and that they'll be together for a long time, humorously stating that she has that information "from the highest authority."

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Reception[edit]

Date with an Angel was panned by critics. It currently holds a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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