Unlikely Angel

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Unlikely Angel
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Written by Liz Coe
Robert L. Freedman
Story by Katherine Ann Jones
Directed by Michael Switzer
Starring Dolly Parton
Brian Kerwin
Maria Del Mar
Allison Mack
Gary Sandy
Roddy McDowall
Music by Velton Ray Bunch
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Peter Locke
Donald Kushner
Producer(s) Jonathan Bernstein
Cinematography Robert Draper
Editor(s) Mark W. Rosenbaum
Running time 95 minutes
Production company(s) Sandollar Productions
The Kushner-Locke Company
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release December 17, 1996 (1996-12-17)

Unlikely Angel is a 1996 American made-for-television Christmas fantasy-comedy film starring Dolly Parton which premiered on CBS on December 17, 1996.[1]


Parton stars as a somewhat-selfish country singer, Ruby Diamond,[2] whose untimely death while driving at night results in her gaining an audience with Saint Peter (Roddy McDowall). He offers her a rather unusual arrangement: she will return to Earth on a mission to reunite the suburban Bartilson family (a family that's been torn apart ever since the mother died). If she succeeds by midnight on Christmas Eve, then she will be granted her wings as an angel. If not, she will receive a fate much worse.

Masquerading as an out-of-sorts governess, Ruby slowly but surely starts to knit father/widower Ben Bartilson (Brian Kerwin) together with his rebellious yet conflicted daughter Sarah (Allison Mack) and lonely son Matthew (Eli Marienthal). But when Christmas Eve rolls around and Matthew runs away from home, St. Peter arrives to remind Ruby of the deal's terms, to which she replies, "I don't care; I'm fixing this family whether I get into Heaven or not." Upon the successful completion of her mission, St. Peter urges her to leave, despite her protests (she's become very fond of the family). But he reminds her that they will no longer remember her, so she reluctantly accepts. As she is awarded her wings, we see the family celebrating their first Christmas together in years.



  1. ^ "Unlikely Angel". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Unlikely Angel". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 

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