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{#Buffy the Vampire Slayer}, {$Joss Whedon}'s first cult-favorite {horror}-{comedy drama}, used its supernatural trappings as the breeding ground for countless metaphors about adolescence, young adulthood, and female empowerment. But {#Angel}, its spin-off and {$Whedon}'s second successful outing for the youth-oriented {@WB} network, uses the mysterious demon realm to literalize the nebulous grey areas -- moral and ethical, professional and romantic -- that suddenly leap out at young adults once they've left the nest. A {detective} {comedy}-cum-{supernatural} {soap opera} with a conscience-stricken immortal as its ambiguous hero, {#Angel} follows the adventures of the titular vampire and an ever-expanding group of sidekicks as they seek to "help the helpless" in the glamorous shadows of Los Angeles. If the cheap math for {#Buffy} is {#Wonder Woman} plus {#The Munsters} times {#Beverly Hills 90210}, then {#Angel} is more like {#Dark Shadows} meets {#Melrose Place} with a dash of {#L.A. Law}. {$David Boreanaz} leads the cast as {%Angel}, a handsome, brooding hunk who, like many Angelenos, doesn't look his age. Born nearly 250 years ago to a stern Irish father and christened Liam, he spent his youth as a dissolute and drunken lecher. Then he met {%Darla}, an American beauty. She promised to show him the world, and she did -- after making him, like her, an immortal, soulless fiend. As {%Angelus}, Liam terrorized Europe for a century before a gypsy curse restored his human spirit to his demon-animated body. With the knowledge of his vampiric sins burning a hole through his newfound soul, {%Angel} spent most of the 20th century a useless wreck. Then, as chronicled on {#Buffy}, he was recruited by the mysterious Powers That Be to serve as a champion in the fight between good and evil. {#Buffy} fans are no doubt aware that {%Angel}'s gypsy curse has a loophole that strips him of his soul the instant he achieves a moment of true happiness -- say, for instance, a night of passion with a certain previously chaste vampire slayer. It was this conceit that allowed {%Angel} to serve as both ally and nemesis to {%Buffy}, and, by precluding any real future for their epic romance, set the stage for his decision to seek atonement in L.A. The quest for redemption, then, is {%Angel}'s carrot; the possibility of sliding back into atrocity is his stick. For the show's first four seasons, fellow {#Buffy} veteran {$Charisma Carpenter} served as {$Boreanaz}'s comedic and sometimes romantic foil. As the show slowly morphed from a tongue-in-cheek {comedy}-{adventure} to an {action}-packed metaphysical {melodrama}, {$Carpenter}'s {%Cordelia Chase} developed from the spoiled brat of the {#Buffy} years to the kooky girl Friday of Angel Investigations to a champion in her own right. Some longtime fans were therefore outraged when the popular star was written out of the regular cast at the end of the fourth season. Others, however, were relieved that {#Angel} survived a close brush with cancellation to return for a fifth season with an addition to the cast: {$James Marsters}, reprising his {#Buffy the Vampire Slayer} role as {%Spike}, {%Angel}'s romantic rival, longtime antagonist, and fellow vampire-with-a-soul. Other recurring and regular cast members have included the late {$Glenn Quinn} as the half-human, half-demon {%Doyle}; {#Buffy} refugee {$Alexis Denisof} as {%Wesley Wyndham-Price}, a bumbling "rogue demon hunter" who eventually becomes truly roguish; {$J. August Richards} as {%Charles Gunn}, a street-smart vampire hunter with hidden depths; {$Amy Acker} as {%Winifred "Fred" Burkle}, a damsel-in-distress turned super-scientist; {$Andy Hallett} as {%Lorne}, a horned, green-skinned demon who can read your future, but only if you sing karaoke for him; future {#Law & Order} babe {$Elisabeth Rohm} as a {%Scully}-esque police detective; {$Julie Benz} as {%Darla}, {%Angel}'s oft-resurrected vampire paramour; {$Vincent Kartheiser} as {%Connor}, {%Darla} and {%Angel}'s rebellious (and human) teenaged son; and {$Christian Kane} and {$Stephanie Romanov} as a pair of lawyers at Wolfram & Hart, the evil law firm that {%Angel} fights for four seasons and eventually takes over. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

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Directed By: Producer: Tracey Stern
Producer: Gareth Davies
Producer: Kelly A. Manners
Producer: Tim Minear
Cinematographer: Herbert Davis
Composer (Music Score): Jymm Thomas
Composer (Music Score): Darling Violetta
Composer (Music Score): Holly Knight
Composer (Music Score): Christophe Beck
Composer (Music Score): Robert J. Kral
Composer (Music Score): Cami Elen
Editor: Mark J. Goldman
Editor: Mark Westmore
Production Designer: Stuart Blatt
Co-producer: Skip Schoolnik
Associate Producer: R.D. Price
Executive Producer: David Greenwalt
Executive Producer: Gail Berman
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Executive Producer: Fran Rubel Kuzui
Executive Producer: Kaz Kuzui
Executive Producer: Sandy Gallin
Costume Designer: Jessica Pazdernik
Casting: Amy McIntyre-Britt
Casting: Anya Colloff
Casting: Jennifer Fishman
Makeup: Dayne Johnson
Hair Styles: Diana Acrey
Makeup Special Effects: Optic Nerve
Special Effects Coordinator: Mike Gaspar
Music Editor: Fernand Bos
Makeup Special Effects: David Brian Miller


Studio: Sandollar Productions

Release Date: 06 Jun 1999

Run Time: 60

Boxed-Product Weight: -

Quick Code: QCMV17794556

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