Charley and the Angel

Walt Disney Productions

Family Fantasy Comedy
93 min     5.4     1973     USA


Charley is a workaholic family man that finds out from an angel that his "number's up" and he will be dying soon so he tries to change his ways and be a better husband and father with the time he has left.


r96sk wrote:
It's a solid film, but they could've done so much more with the premise. I liked the vast majority of the early knockings of 'Charley and the Angel', as it sets up a potentially extremely interesting plot that will be filled to the brim with heart and impact. Unfortunately, in reality it barely scratches the surface of the latter things. They do make the story meaningful, but it's very much underdone. The reasoning for Charley being in the situation isn't fully portrayed either, just told as how it is. Fred MacMurray adds to that initial feeling of mine, his acting is very good at the beginning; especially with his face and body language. He's still the standout throughout but, like the film itself, he falls flatter as he goes on. Running MacMurray very close is Harry Morgan, who is rather excellent as The Angel - I just wish we could've had more with him. I also liked the score incorporating "Hello! Ma Baby" into it when he's on-screen, which is amusing. None of the other characters really get much to work with. I do like this film by and large, I just feel it could've been greater.