There was always a sweetness underlying Paul Hogan's Crocodile Dundee
character. Sure, he could scare off punks with that knife of his, but one look at the twinkle in his eyes and you knew the guy was really just a big ol' softie. Perhaps it's little surprise, then, that in 1990, to follow-up the two Dundee films that made him an international star, Hogan wrote himself the role of a thief who turns out to be an angel, a role that surrounds him with a year's supply of sentimental gooiness.
Few actors could make this work, considering the elements on display: the community center in trouble, the angry man in the wheelchair who learns the power of friendship, the quaint love story, the schemer struggling to reform, etc. But Hogan sure knows how to write for himself (and for wife Linda Kozlowski, who costars with him once more), and he makes Almost an Angel a comedy not about schmaltz, but about how fun it is to watch a leathery guy like Hogan amble his way toward nice guy-ness.
Terry Dean (Hogan) is a professional thief so professional that he's essentially worked his way out of the business; cops know his handiwork, and he knows he'd be the first Usual Suspect for every crime in town. Upon leaving prison, he opts to retire from burglary - yet he can't quite shake the crime bug, so he turns to bank robbery instead. (His new M.O.: disguise himself as celebrities, leaving the tellers to remark how Willie Nelson just held them up.)
But his new career is cut short when he's hit by a car while saving a boy's life. In the hospital, he dreams (or does he?) he's in heaven, talking to God (a cameo so perfectly cast I dare not spoil it here). After getting called a "scumbag" by the Lord Almighty, Terry receives an offer: return to Earth as an "angel on probation," help as many people as he can, then maybe we'll see about this whole getting into heaven thing.
Is Terry really an angel? Does it matter? He's soon busy helping others any way he can - which usually means deceit and thievery. (He holds up a fast food joint to get lunch for the homeless.) Eventually, he befriends Steve (Elias Koteas), a bitter, handicapped young man who's mad at the world, but lightens up when Terry's around. This leads Terry to Steve's sister, Rose (Kozlowski), which paves the way for a gentle romance. […] Angel is a film that makes us smile even when we're not sure we should. It breaks down our cynicism and finds our heartstrings, and with Hogan at the reins, we don't mind the tug. […] --David Cornelius of DVDTalk.com
It s hilarity to the high heavens as Australia s favorite funnyman, Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee
®) stars as a thief who is convinced he s an angel. Hogan is career criminal Terry Dean, who s hit by a car while saving the life of a little girl. When Terry regains consciousness, he awakens to a place strangely like heaven with a God who looks strangely like Charlton Heston! Terry emerges from this vision believing he s an angel a belief that propels him and those he encounters into humorous and heartfelt predicaments. Featuring Hogan s Crocodile Dundee
® co-star Linda Kozlowski, Almost An Angel
showcases Paul Hogan at his most irrepressible.