Movie ~ Topic 2 ~ City of Angels ~ Trailer

Director: Brad Silberling ~ Main Actors: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Colm Feore, Dennis Franz


Plot Overview ~ Adapted from Wikipedia ~ Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Drama


Read the text and discuss the follow-up questions:


Seth (Nicolas Cage) is one of many angels who watch over humans and protect them in unseen ways. Seth's main responsibility is to appear to those who are close to death and guide them to the next life. As part of this task, Seth and one of his fellow angels, Cassiel (Andre Braugher), like to ask people what their favorite thing in life was. Despite these daily encounters, they have trouble understanding human beings and their ways.


While waiting to escort a man who will not survive heart surgery to the other world, Seth is impressed by the vigorous efforts of the surgeon, Maggie Rice (Meg Ryan), to try to save the ill-fated man's life and her sincere anguish at her failure to do so. Seth soon becomes preoccupied with Maggie and decides to become visible to her despite his obvious inability to give her many convincing details about himself. Despite this, they develop a friendship which soon turns to mutual attraction although, at the hospital,  Maggie is already involved with one of her colleagues, Jordan Ferris (Colm Feore). Seth then meets Nathaniel Messinger (Dennis Franz), one of Maggie's patients, who can sense Seth's presence and that of other angels. Nathaniel soon relates to Seth that he had once been an angel as well, but by way of the free will granted to angels, decided to become human through the process he refers to as "falling". Seth begins to consider exercising this option so that he can be with Maggie in a fully physical and emotional relationship. When Maggie receives a marriage proposal from Jordan, she finds herself having to choose between him and Seth.


~ General Conversation Questions ~


Group A


1) Do you think angels exist? Where does this idea come from in your culture?

2) Discuss the plot. Is it realistic? Is there anything in the plot that isn¡¯t believable?

3) Do you enjoy movies in the fantasy genre? Why or why not?

4) Why do you think this movie was successful? Or do you think it wasn¡¯t?

5) What is your favorite thing in life? Do you think it will change over time? How? Why?


Group B


1) Do you think there is a ¡°heaven¡±? Is it real or fantasy? What do people do there?

2) Is there anything missing in this movie that exists in other religions? Explain.

3) Which modern-day religion is closest to the ideas in this movie? Why do you think so?

4) What do you think of fortune tellers? Have you ever been to one? Tell your experience.

5) Have you ever been to a spiritual advisor (a monk , priest, or other)? Tell your experience.


Challenge: Make your own follow-up questions and discuss them.




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1) Watch and Listen to the video trailer and read the text preview

2) Clarify meaning as a class (including comprehension and vocabulary)

3) In pairs or in groups, discuss the vocabulary and movie content

a) If you¡¯ve seen the movie, tell the rest of the story¡¦

b) If you haven¡¯t seen the movie, talk about what you think happens next¡¦

4) In pairs or in groups, discuss the conversation questions

5) As a class, take turns using the conversation questions to expand your ideas

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