By Julie Denice Griffin
"Now remember what you were taught. Bring him home with love. Have a safe journey my child." God tells the angel.
One man and one man alone is brave and chivalrous enough to rescue a fallen angel from an early misted pond of a more crushing disenchantment. And even he brings her back to the brink, of hope. The image of three thieves with hoods, invade the home of the elegant, lavish and exclusive party. A look at the classic plot motive of the evil poor robbing the blind rich, the same three men, who plant a rubber grenade on the living room floor of the estate of the wealthy family of Jim Sanders (Michael Knight), only do this to kidnap him from the party to take him to his bachelor party.
Fate has something more ethereal in mind. After Sanders rescues angel from a drowning by swimming pool, and rests her body upon a couch near his Kinglusk poster, he does not seem to realize that somewhere between the time he brought her from the mist of the water to the resting place that she lost two feathers from her wings. Only several whisps of the snowy white stuff tell the tale now. His life so orderly in the midst of the chaos from the evening before, his telephone which also rests pointed upward, breathes aquarium water peacefully. And instead of dying in her arms, her mission to take him to heaven clear, he falls asleep due to the peace he feels as she holds him.
His fiance' shows up at his home that following morning, furious about his lack of protocol. Sanders, friends get quite excited after they show up at his house and discover the angel with the broken wing. But angels do not belong in the big top of a circus tent. So, Jim Sanders takes angel to a Catholic church to find out where she belongs. She does not speak or understand. He does not want her exploited. The older minister jumps to the wrong conclusion about the angel. The many mysteries behind the angels of God, not readily understood, this fantasy film explores one plot idea of ancient folklore stories, and even while a lot of Irish fairytales shew angels for many a purpose, these heavenly guides God uses to help people understand the heavenly things. The director of this film therefore, Tom McLoughlan sought to explain one explanation about the individual personality of each silent and peaceful creature of the light. About the angels, this stands true ~ The beings also own the same kind of gift of choice as man.
While Mr. Ed Winston (David Dukes), the owner of a large cosmetic corporations named Ethereal, desires to make the angel a conduit for his corporate sales, Jim takes her to the Salvation Army Thrift Store to clothe her with male clothes in order to disguise her. At the library he shows her pictures of other angels and of the heavens, and she gets so excited that she begins to drift upwards. But his biggest challenge is working to keep his friends and all of the others from exploiting his angel. A lot of stereotypical misconceptions and some truths about God, encapsulated no less by each role of each person, even the friends of Jim whose shallow viewpoint about life and the angel leave a lot more than that open for consideration ~ Of the three types of angels, earth, guardian and heavenly, even all of literature both contemporary and classic draws the interest of readers everywhere.
This angel though, just as angels more elaborate in ancient times fell from heaven to mate with the like of the earth of man, the angel whose heavenly task, to usher Jim to heaven while cradled in her arms, changes her mind as she slowly begins to realize that it is he she is falling in love with. And her great love for creatures great and small draws them to her side wherever she on earth goes. The father of Jim's fiance' sees such symbolism after he goes to his future son-in-law's house to find her and not Jim. Other small objects of symbolism about the story rests on desks and floors and walls.
And for the very observant, back again to the theme of exploitation of that which is innocent, kind and good, although the story riddled with a lot of very informal interjected humor, this presence of the angel reveals some human problems on the side of Patty's father. His anger comes to the surface throughout the film. And as Jim's friends end up in jail for trying to hurt the angel, she makes a trip up through a beam of light after taking time to splash and play in a lovely pond in the woods. He hurts her feelings though after he yells at her and tells her to go home. Which, for the angel is heaven.
Angel however feels such affection for Jim, a gentle and a quiet composer of music, who not at all a part of this world either, comes to understand through angel that time is not all about speaking with the human voice. During one scene while Jim speaks to her of restoration, he also does not stop talking about Patty and how angel must leave because of her. She is very sad. Patty has a temper that borders on that of her father. And as it only seems that everywhere Angel goes she seems to bring out the darkest side of others, this is not true. The evil in the heart, which always did exist there in each of the characters the actors portray, only comes to the surface as her peace and innocence before them.
While some critics outline as a thread of pattern throughout the film that the headaches Jim suffers from seem to increase as the minutes go by, this is only a situation which mounts upon the unravelling of the basic plot. And much of the soft comedy of the film, meant to reveal a more human behavior of each of the persons who surround Jim socially, the angel holds her peace and her wrath until their adamant behavior finally pushes for the wrath of God. And Jim who asleep in a hospitol bed after his collapse in the woods from a brain tumor, only proceeds each member of the group who struck by the lightening of God's wrath run away from angel who ascends to heaven. The 1987 release stars French actress, Emmanuelle Béart as the angel, and Phoebe Cates, who plays Patty is best known for her roles as a teenager in numerous adolescent films such as the classic teenage urban legend film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Randy Kerber managed the musical scores for this movie.