Release date set for "City of Angels" |

Release date set for "City of Angels"

Greg Risling

A movie filmed in Lake Tahoe last summer starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan will be released on Friday, April 10.

“City of Angels,” a Warner Bros. flick, originally slated to open in theaters next week was pushed back another month. Tahoe is prominently featured in the romantic drama with scenes filmed at Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake and the state line area. Director Brad Silberling also used the San Francisco Main Library and Los Angeles as the backdrop for the love story.

The movie is an adaptation of a 1987 foreign film, “Wings of Desire,” written by Wim Wenders. Cage’s character, Seth, is an angel whose wings flutter for Maggie Rice, played by Ryan. Seth faces an agonizing decision: either to keep his immortal status or lose his halo for Rice’s heart. Rounding out the cast are two-time Emmy Award winner Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue”) and Andre Braugher (“Glory,” “Primal Fear”).

The production crew spent several days at different spots in Tahoe last June. Cage was drenched by a rainmaker in front of Tahoe Tom’s one evening and State Route 89 was temporarily closed to traffic while cameras captured the scenic beauty of Emerald Bay.

Executive producer Charles Newirth said in a June interview that Tahoe was an obvious choice because of the various areas that capture the romantic theme.

Movie production in Tahoe dates back nearly 80 years when “Indian Love Call” was shot on the South Shore. Other notable films included “The Bodyguard” (1993), “Cobb” (1994) and “The American President” (1995).

Squeezed between Christmas and the summer, “City of Angels” won’t have too much competition at the box office. “Lost in Space,” based on the popular TV series will be released in early April and “Les Miserables” is scheduled for May 1. Warner Bros. hopes it will steer clear of the wake created by “Titantic.” The movie nominated for 14 Academy Awards has topped $400 million domestically and continues to chug along.

“Angels” also follows a string of films that concentrate on a higher power. “Michael,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” and “Angels in the Outfield” are just some of the recent notables that have fared mildly at the box office.

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