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MICHAEL

Two blockbuster titles, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) and Michael (John Travolta) are being released on June 3 from Columbia Tristar.

JERRY MAGUIRE
Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a sports agent who develops a feeling of guilt about his job and decides to write a paper about his attitudes, which ends up costing him his job. Meanwhile, he is falling for Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger), a who works in the same building, and has a six year old son (Jonathan Lipnicki). The two decide to get married and start a new company, based around their single client, the high-flying, cocky football player Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jnr).

"Jerry Maguire is a real charmer, a delightful, feel-good film with a witty script and superb cast. In his best recent role, Tom Cruise shines in the way he did early roles (Risky Business, Top Gun), endearing us to him unfalteringly. Renee Zellweger, playing his love interest and loyal assistant Dorothy, brings fresh appeal to the role with her vulnerable heart-on-her sleeve performance, while inspired casting introduces us to the cutest six year old Jonathan Lipnicki, utterly adorable as her son. But the "show-role" goes to Cuba Gooding Jr., as the larger-than-life ambitious sports star who makes us laugh and cry with a stunning, complex and beautifully controlled performance. Listen for an emotionally effective musical score from singer/songwriter Nancy Wilson, who happens to be married to Cameron Crowe . Jerry Maguire is one of those films that Hollywood does so well - a stylish romantic comedy with lots of oomph, good production values and great commercial prospects."
Louise Keller

MICHAEL
Frank Quinlan (William Hurt) and Huey Driscoll (Robert Pastorelli), two reporters from a Chicago-based tabloid along with Dorothy Winters (Andie Macdowell), an 'angel expert', are asked by editor Vartan Malt (Bob Hoskins), to travel to rural Iowa to investigate a claim from an old woman, Pansy Milbank (Jean Stapleton), that she shares her motel with a real, live archangel named Michael (John Travolta). But Michael is not at all what they expect: he smokes, drinks beer, has a very active libido and has a rather colourful vocabulary.

"A novel idea meanders and falls flat, despite a top cast, and a delightful performance from the ever-seductive John Travolta, who brings new dimension to our illusions of an angel. There’s no shortage of good ideas and cute lines, but screen play is poorly structured, and it’s not until the last reel that the pace picks up with entertaining elements. But all the film’s charm comes from Travolta, who creates his sloppy, overweight angel with a sugar habit and a penchant for pretty girls with consummate ease and charm, toying with the role as easily as a bird flies. His is an angel to remember: after all, he wrote the 85th Psalm before he knew they’d be numbered, and when he doesn’t feel inspired to work a miracle says ‘It’s not my area.’ Bob Hoskins and William Hurt add class, while Andie Macdowell brings a bitter sweet touch with her country and western song-writing talents. Watch out for Lauren Joey Adams (Chasing Amy), as a delightful waitress, and Teri Garr as the judge, who both succumb to Michael’s charms and Randy Newman’s soundtrack breathes good contempo tunes and a toe-tapping music soundtrack. Michael may not be the best film ever made, but with a drawcard like Travolta, you can be guaranteed of a little touch of magic."
Louise Keller

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MICHAEL (PG)
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CAST: John Travolta, Andie Macdowell, WilliamHurt, Bob Hoskins, Michael Robert Pastorelli, Jean Stepleton

DIRECTOR: Nora Ephron

PRODUCER: Sean Daniel, Nora Ephron, James Jacks

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Delia Ephron, Jonathan D. Krane

CO-PRODUCER: G. Mac Brown

SCRIPT: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Peter Dexter, Jim Quinlan (Based on a story by Dexter and Quinlan)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: John Linddley

EDITOR: Geraldine Peroni

MUSIC: Randy Newman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dan Davis

RUNNING TIME: 105 mins

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Col TriStar

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO RELEASE: June 3, 1998

RRP: $24.95

 







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