Michael


1h 45m 1996

Brief Synopsis

When rumor of Michael's existence reaches the National Mirror, washed-up journalist Frank Quinlan smells a page-one scoop. True or not, it's his job to track down this alleged angel, and bring him back to Chicago in time for Christmas. But his fiesty boss won't let him go alone. He sends Quinlan on assignment with angel expert Dorothy Winters and Huey Driscoll, another jaded reporter who would have been canned years ago had he not rescued Sparky, a mongrel that has become famous as the paper's prized mascot. As the trio travels to Iowa, each believes the trip is a colossal hoax until they come face-to-feather with Michael. He smells like cookies, acts like a playboy and tosses off miracles when everyone least expects them. As Quinlan and Dorothy search for the incontrovertible proof they need not to believe in Michael, Michael sets out against all odds to get Dorothy and Quinlan to believe in each other.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Fantasy
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE)
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA; Austin, Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

When rumor of Michael's existence reaches the National Mirror, washed-up journalist Frank Quinlan smells a page-one scoop. True or not, it's his job to track down this alleged angel, and bring him back to Chicago in time for Christmas. But his fiesty boss won't let him go alone. He sends Quinlan on assignment with angel expert Dorothy Winters and Huey Driscoll, another jaded reporter who would have been canned years ago had he not rescued Sparky, a mongrel that has become famous as the paper's prized mascot. As the trio travels to Iowa, each believes the trip is a colossal hoax until they come face-to-feather with Michael. He smells like cookies, acts like a playboy and tosses off miracles when everyone least expects them. As Quinlan and Dorothy search for the incontrovertible proof they need not to believe in Michael, Michael sets out against all odds to get Dorothy and Quinlan to believe in each other.

Crew

Michael Alden

Post-Production Supervisor

Jeff Aldrich

Sound

Janel Alexander

Effects Assistant

Roderick Alleyne

Assistant

Leslie Anne Anderson

Hair Stylist

Jeff M Andrus

Grip

Natalie Angel

Location Assistant

Chet Atkins

Song Performer

Chet Atkins

Song

James L Avery

Other

Bob Badami

Music Editor

Tom Bahler

Song

Brydon Bertram Baker Iii

Boom Operator

Mateo Barnstone

Location Assistant

Kit Barrett

Art Department Coordinator

Ed Barteski

Assistant Sound Editor

Gregg Bell

Set Production Assistant

Nikki Bell

Editor

Stacey Beneville

Dga Trainee

George Benson

Song

Jack Berggren

Driver

Felix Bernard

Song

Walter Bernard

Titles

David Bernstein

Assistant Director

Ivan Bigley

Projectionist

Jamie Bishop

On-Set Dresser

Christina Blackledge

Other

David Blitstein

Effects Coordinator

Roy Blount

Song

Raphael Boguslav

Main Title Design

Jo Edna Boldin

Location Casting

Richard A Bond

Best Boy

Armando Borbon

Driver

Lydia Bottegoni

Production Manager

David Boulton

Adr

Mary Brady

Props Assistant

Steven Bramson

Original Music

John Branagan

Stunts

Tony Brazas

Driver

Jennifer Bridgewater

Office Assistant

Jeanette Brill

Effects Coordinator

Dan Brodzik

Other

G Mac Brown

Coproducer

Suzy Brown

Visual Effects

Michelle Buhler

Makeup

Gary Burch

Driver

Johnny Burke

Song

Buzzy Burwell

Electrician

Steve Buscaino

Other

Everett Byrom

Special Effects Assistant

Randy Cabral

Special Effects Foreman

Nancy Cabrera

Foley Artist

Norman Cabrera

Animatronics

Paul Calabria

Animal Wrangler

Sean Callan

Editor

Yancy Calzada

Other

Yancy Calzada

Puppeteer

Colin G Campbell

Sound

Jennifer Campbell

Production Coordinator

Daniella Capretta

Sound

Richard L Carden

Dolly Grip

Susan L Carpenter

Set Production Assistant

Anne Carr

Medic

Velerie Carter

Song Performer

Daniel Castaneda

Driver

Henry Castillo

Driver

Mario Castillo

Assistant

Rick Cedillo

Animatronics

Jolene Cherry

Sound

Richard P. Cirincione

Dialogue Editor

Laura Civiello

Dialogue Editor

Peter C Clarke

Assistant Property Master

Henry Cline

Assistant Camera Operator

Kelley Collopy

Scenic Artist

Kay Colvin

Sound

Don Cook

Song

Tom Copeland

Special Thanks To

Theodore Corso

Best Boy

James Anthony Cotton

Song Performer

Mitchell Coughlin

Other

Kenneth Coulman

Special Effects Assistant

Charlie Coulter

Driver

Don Covay

Song

Noreen Coyne

Office Assistant

Jacob Craycroft

Editorial Assistant

Tracy Craytor

Driver

David Crone

Steadicam Operator

Charlie Croughwell

Stunt Coordinator

Billy Cude

Driver

Anita Cukurs

Visual Effects

Katya Culberg

Other

Jimmy Cullen

Wardrobe

Alan B. Curtiss

Assistant Director

Alan B. Curtiss

Associate Producer

John Daniel

Production Assistant

Sean Daniel

Producer

Jenny Davidoff

Assistant Editor

Daniel R Davis

Production Designer

Don Davis

Original Music

Heather Davis

Visual Effects

Jimmie Davis

Song

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Francisco De La Fuente

Driver

Christopher J Decedue

Effects Assistant

Keiko Deguchi

Assistant Editor

Kristin C Dehnert

Location Assistant

Rolando Dehoyos

Driver

Mary Delaney

Driver

Debbie Denise

Executive Producer

Sean Devine

Grip

James R Dew

Animal Wrangler

Pete Dexter

From Story

Pete Dexter

Screenplay

Demetra Diamantopoulos

Location Scout

Lee Dichter

Rerecording

Jim Dicuffa

Driver

Dion

Song Performer

Steve Dorff

Song

Tracey A Doyle

Set Decorator

Tom Dressen

Construction Coordinator

Dianne Dreyer

Script Supervisor

Theresa Dringenberg

Other

Goran Duka

Other

John L East

Driver

Edward England

Construction Coordinator

Delia Ephron

Screenplay

Delia Ephron

Executive Producer

Delia Ephron

Song

Nora Ephron

Song

Nora Ephron

Producer

Nora Ephron

Screenplay

Shannon Erbe

Music

Corey Eubanks

Stunts

Peter Evangelatos

Craft Service

Cecil D. Evans

Driver

Nancy Evans

Visual Effects

Yuri Everson

Other

Dan Evans Farkas

Music

Kristen Felan

Accountant

James Fierro

Stunts

Fred Fisher

Song

Ej Foerster

Producer

John Fogerty

Song

Angelina Fontana

Assistant

Thomas F Ford

Production Manager

Steve Frakes

Other

Aretha Franklin

Song

Joann Fregalette Jansen

Choreographer

Mark A Freid

Stage Manager

Kyra Friedman

Assistant Set Decorator

Linda Frobos

Art Department

Tara Fusco Lane

Transportation

Neil Gahm

Other

Joe Gallien

Driver

Luis Garza

Driver

Karl Gibbons

Scenic Artist

Don Gibson

Song

Alec Gillis

Animatronics

Alec Gillis

Puppeteer

Mark Ginsberg

Color Timer

Milton Glazer

Titles

Mary Goldberg

Casting

Emilio Gonzales

Driver

Jason Goodowens

Grip

Austin Goss

Other

Joseph A Graham

Dolly Grip

Dara Gray

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Al Green

Song Performer

Norman Greenbaum

Song Performer

Norman Greenbaum

Song

Thomas Griffin

Office Assistant

Lisa Guerriero

Assistant Camera Operator

Dawn Guinta

Production Manager

Harry Haase

Other

Ben Hampshire

Assistant

Tim Harrison

Craft Service

Kim Hawkins

Foreman

John R Helton

Other

Don Henley

Song

Camilla Henneman

Animatronics

Eric Henshaw

Other

Julie Herman

Set Decorator

John Hiatt

Song

Kathryn Hibbs

Production Accountant

Mike Hitch

Driver

John Hoch

Stunts

James F Hogan

Transportation Coordinator

Erik Hokkanen

Song

Ralph Horan

Executive Producer

Ina Howard

Production Assistant

Robert Huberman

Assistant Director

John Hudecek

Rigging Gaffer

Bob Hudgins

Location Manager

David Hungate

Song

Cliff Hunt

Driver

Luana Jackman

Music Contractor

Jim Jacks

Producer

Erik Jacobsen

Song

Mick Jagger

Song

Teresa James

Song

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Fantasy
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE)
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA; Austin, Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Articles

Robert Pastorelli (1954-2004)


Robert Pastorelli, the rough and ready actor best known to television viewers for his portrayal of the devilish but lovable house painter Eldin on the long-running CBS comedy Murphy Brown (1988-97), was found dead on March 8 in his Hollywood Hills home. Authorities believe the cause of death was a drug overdose. He was 49.

Born on June 21, 1954 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Pastorelli had dreams of becoming a boxer, but when he was just 19, he was involved in a near fatal car accident that forced him to choose another career. By the late '70s, he chose acting. After doing some theater in New York, Pastorelli found work on both television: Barney Miller, Cagney & Lacey, Hill Street Blues; and film: Outrageous Fortune, Beverly Hills Cop II (both 1987), where his beefy frame and Runyonesque demeanor almost always had him play thugs and hoodlums.

In 1988, he found fame when he was cast opposite Candice Bergen as Eldin, the house painter who could never quite finish the job in Murphy Brown. Pastorelli's likable raffishness countered well with Bergen's icy charms, and he stayed on for six seasons.

After Murphy Brown, Pastorelli continued to play variations of the streetwise character, but this time to considerable comic effect in films like: Sister Act 2 (1994), Eraser, and Michael (both 1996). He returned to television impressively when he starred in the short-lived, but critically lauded Americanized version of the British Television hit Cracker. Pastorelli had just completed work on the Get Shorty (1995) sequel Be Cool with John Travolta, which is scheduled for release later this year. He is survived by a daughter.

by Michael T. Toole
Robert Pastorelli (1954-2004)

Robert Pastorelli (1954-2004)

Robert Pastorelli, the rough and ready actor best known to television viewers for his portrayal of the devilish but lovable house painter Eldin on the long-running CBS comedy Murphy Brown (1988-97), was found dead on March 8 in his Hollywood Hills home. Authorities believe the cause of death was a drug overdose. He was 49. Born on June 21, 1954 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Pastorelli had dreams of becoming a boxer, but when he was just 19, he was involved in a near fatal car accident that forced him to choose another career. By the late '70s, he chose acting. After doing some theater in New York, Pastorelli found work on both television: Barney Miller, Cagney & Lacey, Hill Street Blues; and film: Outrageous Fortune, Beverly Hills Cop II (both 1987), where his beefy frame and Runyonesque demeanor almost always had him play thugs and hoodlums. In 1988, he found fame when he was cast opposite Candice Bergen as Eldin, the house painter who could never quite finish the job in Murphy Brown. Pastorelli's likable raffishness countered well with Bergen's icy charms, and he stayed on for six seasons. After Murphy Brown, Pastorelli continued to play variations of the streetwise character, but this time to considerable comic effect in films like: Sister Act 2 (1994), Eraser, and Michael (both 1996). He returned to television impressively when he starred in the short-lived, but critically lauded Americanized version of the British Television hit Cracker. Pastorelli had just completed work on the Get Shorty (1995) sequel Be Cool with John Travolta, which is scheduled for release later this year. He is survived by a daughter. by Michael T. Toole

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 25, 1996

Released in United States on Video June 10, 1997

The debut theatrical film from Turner Pictures.

Began shooting February 12, 1996.

Completed shooting May 13, 1996.

Turner Pictures was shut down in November 1996 after the Turner sale to Time Warner.

Released in United States Winter December 25, 1996

Released in United States on Video June 10, 1997