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Unlikely Angel (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | TV Movie 17 December 1996
Dolly Parton portrayed a country music performer who meets an untimely demise, but cannot enter heaven until she performs a good deed back on Earth, to get a workaholic widower and his ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Switzer

Writers:

Catherine Ann Jones (story) (as Katherine Ann Jones), Liz Coe (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dolly Parton ... Ruby Diamond
Roddy McDowall ... Saint Peter
Brian Kerwin ... Ben Bartilson
Allison Mack ... Sarah Bartilson
Eli Marienthal ... Matthew Bartilson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shelly Lenna Bauerly ... Angel in Choir
Ricki Dale Ricki Dale ... Secretary
Maria del Mar ... Allison
Matt Lincoln Matt Lincoln ... Tree Farm Worker
James Lurie ... Maitre'd
Frances Peach Frances Peach ... Bingo Lady
Gary Sandy ... Charlie
Terrie Snell ... Church Lady
Jana Stave Jana Stave ... Honky Tonk Woman
Billy 'Sly' Williams ... Security Guard
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Storyline

Dolly Parton portrayed a country music performer who meets an untimely demise, but cannot enter heaven until she performs a good deed back on Earth, to get a workaholic widower and his children back together again for Christmas. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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christmas | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unlikely Angel See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the movie, the sign that reads "Ruby Diamond Appearing Nightly" is missing the letters "U" and "L". This is a reference to the first and last letters of the movie's title. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Whatcha Tryin' to Do to Me?
Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
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A truly uproarious junk movie
19 May 2003 | by redoubtableSee all my reviews

This is one of the best junk movies of all time -- a complete howler. Watching the constant changes of costume -- every single one of which grossly accentuates Ms. Parton's already overly prominent most famous assets (would you hire a nanny dressed like that?) -- is alone worth the price of a rental. Add a screenplay full of clunker lines, a supporting cast earnestly trying to make something of this syrupfest, and, best of all, a wildly retro concept of heaven, and you've got the ingredients for a movie so excruciatingly awful that, by some miracle of transference, it's really rather sublime.


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