Eyes of an Angel

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Eyes of an Angel
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Harmon
Produced by Michael Phillips
Michael Douglas
Written by Robert Stitzel
Starring John Travolta
Ellie Raab
Tito Larriva
Jeffrey DeMunn
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography Theo van de Sande
Edited by Donn Cambern
Zach Staenberg
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Release date
  • September 25, 1991 (1991-09-25) (France)
  • July 24, 1994 (1994-07-24) (U.S.)
Running time
91 minutes
Country USA
Language English

Eyes of an Angel is a 1991 American drama film starring John Travolta and directed by Robert Harmon. It was released in France, Sweden, and on television in the United States as The Tender. It was released straight to video in 1994 under its proper title to coincide with Travolta's bigger name release, Pulp Fiction. According to the opening credits, the movie is based on a true story. The film was shot entirely in Chicago.

Travolta plays Bobby Allen, a down-on-his-luck single father and recovering alcoholic whose wife died of a drug overdose. With no job and no money, his former brother-in-law Cissy gets him a job as a money courier while Bobby's 10-year-old daughter finds a wounded fighting dog. She takes care of the dog over her father's objections, until Bobby is betrayed by Cissy, who blames him for his sister's death. Desperate, Bobby steals Cissy's money and flees with the girl to California, leaving the dog behind. The dog follows them across the country to be reunited with the girl, while Cissy pursues Bobby to retrieve his money and to take the girl.


Partygoers gather at a mansion. A man named Bobby also enters the party. A man tries to make him leave, but Bobby claims to have an appointment with Cissy. When Cissy shows up, Bobby says he has a business opportunity for him, a dry cleaning store. Bobby notices a station wagon entering the garage. In the garage, the man in the station wagon opens the back to reveal a Doberman Pinscher, muzzled, in a small metal cage.

Baby takes money from an envelope hidden in the headboard of a bed, and buys a cigarette lighter, which she has giftwrapped. Back at the house she decorates a misshapen cake with M&M's. Bobby discovers the missing money, and yells at her for stealing the money.

The dog arrives at the same bridge the girl stood on a few nights ago, and picks up her scent. He follows it through the city, but finds a crying, drunken Bobby instead. The dog leads him to the girl back at the bridge where she ecstatically greets the dog. Bobby, still crying, hugs her and apologizes. They go back to George's where the brothers hug. While the girl plays outside, Bobby explains everything to George.

As the crowd quietly stares at Cissy, Bobby walks across the ring and knocks Cissy into the ring, where the doberman attacks him. It rips his coat and pants before getting a hold of Cissy's neck. Bobby stands over Cissy and tells him "it's over." When Cissy agrees, the dog lets go. Bobby and Baby leave with the dog as Cissy's goons help him up.



Although Eyes of an Angel was released in France in 1991, it was not released in the United States until 1994 when Travolta's career was revived with the release of Pulp Fiction.[1] At that point, it was released straight to VHS format. It was released on DVD in 2002.


Despite the star appeal of Travolta, actor Michael Douglas being an executive producer, and having a soundtrack from Randy Edelman, Eyes of an Angel seemed to gain little attention upon its release. Robert Harmon was, however, nominated for a Critics Award for the film at the 1991 Deauville Film Festival in France (under its original name of The Tender).


  1. ^ "Eyes of an Angel". All movie. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 

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