Angels in Movies: 'Michael'

Angel Movie with Andie MacDowell Stars John Travolta as Archangel Michael

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John Travolta portrays the archangel Michael in Michael (1996). Jason Merritt / Getty Images Entertainment

Is love more powerful than any other force? Will God’s love prevail even in messed-up situations? The movie Michael (1996, Turner Pictures) asks audiences those questions as it presents the story of an imperfect angel (a fictionalized version of the Archangel Michael, played by John Travolta) who helps self-described angel expert Dorothy Winters (Andie MacDowell) and reporters Frank Quinlan (William Hurt) and Huey Driscoll (Robert Pastorelli) learn about angels and love.

Although Michael is one of heaven’s top archangels and does sport an impressively large pair of wings, he’s also got plenty of flaws: he’s rude, messy, stubborn, and often smokes and drinks alcohol. In fact, Michael is so unlike people’s traditional image of an angel (a pure, ethereal creature), that the movie’s slogan says: "He’s an angel … not a saint." But Michael is full of love as well as flaws, and that love proves to be greater than his weaknesses and mistakes.

Famous Angel Quotes

Michael: “Remember what John and Paul said.”

Frank Quinlan: The apostles?

Michael: No, the Beatles. All you need is love.


Huey Driscoll: "Can I just pull on your wings to see how they're attached?"

Michael: "Why don't you pull on your pecker to see how it's attached?"

Pansy Milbank: "Hey. Language."

Frank Quinlan: "An angel that says 'pecker.'"


Michael: "Then what happened was, he came as a hundred mouths, open and stinking with decay ...

and he tore at my flesh from every angle of heaven. I grabbed Beelzebub's blue tongue in my fist..."

Old Person: "Wait, who is Beelzebub?"

Michael: "Beelzebub is Satan!"

The Plot

Three people who are curious about angels take a trip to a small town to check out a story they’ve heard about an angel living with an elderly woman named Pansy Milbank (Jean Stapleton).

After they discover that the story is true, they try to get the angel –- none other than Archangel Michael himself –- to a tabloid newspaper’s headquarters to publicize his visit to Earth.

Along the way, however, they encounter lots of unexpected and funny adventures that inspire them to examine their assumptions about faith and love. Michael must return to heaven after using up his allotment of miracles for the mission (he grows weaker after he performs the last one: bringing a dog that has died back to life) -- but not before teaching people to believe in the power of God’s love.


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