John Travolta’s depiction of Michael the Archangel in the 1996 film Michael may be quite contradictory to the divine warrior of the Bible, who was said to have conquered Satan and defended heaven against evil. In Michael, three journalists from a national tabloid go to Iowa to investigate a claim that an old woman is keeping an angel as a tenant. Upon arriving, they meet Michael, a cigarette-smoking, foul-smelling man with a robust belly and mischievous disposition. While he doesn’t seem very angelic, Michael does have large wings and claims to be on a much-needed “vacation” from his heavenly duties. The journalists ask if Michael would like to visit Chicago, and off they go on a road trip that includes a confrontation with a bull, some awesome dancing, and the miracle of bringing the journalist’s dog, Sparky, back to life. Over the course of the film, Michael’s real purpose on earth is revealed: He hopes to get Dorothy (Andie MacDowell) and Frank (William Hurt) back together. One might assume that Michael the Archangel would have better things to do, but then again, this is Hollywood.
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