Date With An Angel (1987): Michael E. Knight, Emmanuelle Beart, Phoebe Cates, David Dukes, Phil Brock, Albert Macklin, Peter Kowanko, Bibi Besch, Vinny Argiro, Steven Banks, Cheryl Pollak, Charles Lane, J. Don Ferguson, Beth Hogue, Tony Reitano, Leslie Norris, Thomas L. McIntyre, Eve Brent, Joe Herold, Mimi Green, Jerry Campbell. Director Tom McLoughlin...Screenplay Tom McLoughlin.Tom McLoughlin directed and wrote this little known romantic comic movie from 1987, one that is warm and magic but was overshadowed by the more A list and popular romantic comedy classics of the 80's such as the films of Molly Ringwald. Truth be told, you have to suspend disbelief in order to enjoy this film about a guy and his feelings for an angel. Despite the appearance of an angel, this film has nothing to do with Christianity nor does it contain some moral message. It's pure comedy, pure romance, fantasy and 1980's memorabilia. When aspiring music composer Jim Sanders (Michael E. Knight) is taken away from his engagement party to Patty Winston (Phoebe Cates) by his friends, he has a drunken night of recklessness and discovers an angel has fallen into his pool. The angel (the beautiful French actress Emmanuelle Beart) is mute and speaks in a weird, unknown language, attracts forest animals and has divine powers such as the ability to emanate light, become invisible and fly. But her wings are broken and she is therefore vulnerable. Jim's friends seize the opportunity to expose the angel and profit off the controversy and publicity it would trigger. Soon, Jim finds himself running from these friends, from his jealous and enraged fiancée and from the authorities. This is not a complicated story nor does it offer any philosophy or questions the meaning of life despite the fact there's an angel in the movie. Don't expect something deep when it's simply a romantic comedy from about 20 years ago. Terrific script, cinematography with a dreamy look (by Alex Thompson) and a blend of 80's music and celestial-techno from Randy Kerber. Emmanuelle Beart is beautiful and even believable as an angel. The comedy style may go over the heads of today's young audiences but if you grew up in the 80's this comedy is sure to bring back memories. Funny are moments like when the angel learns to enjoy French fries/fast food, when the Love Beatle delivery boy does his thing and the many comic dialogues which come from almost everyone. Because of some language, because of sexual innuendo (though sex is never shown) and the fact that it's a romance about a guy who dumps a bitchy girlfriend for a hot angel, this movie should be viewed by older children and mature audiences, around the ages of 13 and up. It's not exactly a family movie as there are certain elements which classify this film as an adult romance. So take a trip back to the 80's and watch as an angel learns to love the human world.
This is your typical 80s feel good comedy that also has a familiarity about it. With hit films like "Splash" and "Mannequin" (and a few others) in the public consciousness before this was released, this was bound to get labeled as another rip-off movie even though it is basically entertaining and filled with a few charming moments. Michael E. Knight had been popular on the daytime soap opera "All My Children" and took a few years break to try his luck in Hollywood. This was the extent of his success, a leading role, but with nothing following, he please his fans by returning to that role where he would remain (with a few other breaks including its network cancellation) for another 25 years. His character is involved with Phoebe Cates, but on the night of their big engagement announcement, he finds an angel in his swimming pool and must hide her from discovery. Of course this creates a lot of issues between him, Phoebe (no relation to his step mother-in-law) and her possessive father. The angel (Emmanuelle Béart) falls into the hands of some bad people (as also happened in "Splash"), and Knight's character goes from misunderstood bad boy to an angel in human form on earth.There are some absolute moments of a door ability, including Béart's encounter with wild animals who all adore her, and a great cameo by veteran character actor Charles Lane as a delightfully cantankerous priest. "take her to the Baptists" he says with the same cranky nature that he dealt with Lucy on her TV show in the early 1960's and as officious businessmen and other assorted characters in the 1930's and 40's. Interesting to note that he would work after this film for another 20 years into his hundreds! There's also a definite laugh with the Italian woman praying to a statue of Jesus in the church who is horrified when the statue seems to come to life with the presence of the angel upon it. The film shows a reverence to the to the religious aspects of the film and is not disrespectful at all.It's understandable why this film is forgotten. It has all the cliches of practically every romantic comedy made around the same time, with the soundtrack filled with songs with a lot of reverb and a lot of cliched characters, particularly the jealous Cates. She was the only one in the cast to be well-known at the time, and bad reviews all around didn't give the film good word-of-mouth. I managed to see this at a preview screener where Knight was present, being interviewed by various college newspaper reporters which was obviously the target audience. It's no better now 35 years later but I didn't find it bad back then, just predictable with an angel instead of a mermaid or a Roman goddess as was the case in "Mannequin". Suspend disbelief for a fun romantic comedy where the audience pretty much knows how it's going to turn out, and while it's not completely heavenly, it's certainly not from a dark place either.
Patty Winston (Phoebe Cates) is the entitled daughter of a cosmetics company owner. She's the face of their entire advertisement. Jim Sanders (Michael E. Knight) is a company executive set to marry her. After a night of partying by her bros, he wakes up to find a fallen angel (Emmanuelle Béart) in the swimming pool. She breaks her wing and has a powerful effect on men.It's fun that Emmanuelle is doing physical comedy with her angel. It's an interesting non-voice for her character. She is basically Mr. Bean and that's weird. There is potential for something with this fish out of water aspect. This movie may work if she's the lead character but it's the boy. The character is pathetically bland and the actor has no charisma. In a way, she's an object to the men in this movie and that it is very off-putting. Non of the guys have an appealing story. The kidnapping is just bad... and criminal. Jim's affections are not earned. The attempt at a love triangle is cringeworthy. I expected more from Phoebe Cates but she's nothing more than a side character and she isn't doing anything interesting. She's just angry after the angel. She seems to be losing her screen presence with the shorter cut. It's Felicity all over again. This is hard to watch most of the time. There are a couple of fun moments early on before the movie really pounded me down. This is generally bad. 2b1af7f3a8