In Wim Wenders' gossamer Wings of Desire (1987), invisible angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) is moved by the sadness of Berlin trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin), and as his concern for her deepens, he yearns to experience life as humans… More In Wim Wenders' gossamer Wings of Desire (1987), invisible angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) is moved by the sadness of Berlin trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin), and as his concern for her deepens, he yearns to experience life as humans do -- with love, pain, joy, and full sensory input. Wenders, who expanded on his masterpiece in his equally ethereal sequel, Faraway, So Close! (1993), once made notes on the terrible plight of an angel: "To live for an eternity and to be present all the time. To live with the essence of things -- not to be able to raise a cup of coffee and drink it, or really touch somebody." The 1998 re-interpretation from director Brad Silberling (Casper), "based on" Wings of Desire, transposes Wenders' fable from Berlin to Los Angeles and the circus performer into a heart surgeon; instead of standing majestically atop Berlin's monumental Angel of Victory, angels now perch precariously on overhanging green turnpike exit signs, ascend skyscraper construction sites, or wear their black overcoats to their beach gatherings. Invisible angel Seth (Nicolas Cage), hovering about a hospital operating room, witnesses the misery and despair of heart surgeon Maggie (Meg Ryan) when she loses a patient. Sharing her suffering, Seth becomes so close that he falls deeply for her, with the result that he soon chooses to make himself visible. Maggie is engaged to marry a doctor (Colm Feore), but even so, she's fascinated by this mysterious stranger who appears wherever she goes. Seth is puzzled to learn that Maggie's patient Messinger (Dennis Franz) knows his secret. Soon Seth must make a choice. Will he remain an angel, or will he become mortal in order to fully love another human being? Capturing a variety of L.A. locations (the LAX control tower, Central Market, Malibu Beach, Mulholland Drive), the film was also shot in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. Rated PG-13 "for sexuality, including language, and some nudity." Dedicated to the late Dawn Steel, who co-produced with Charles Roven.