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On Angel Wings (2014)

One cold Christmas night, an old shepherd recounts the magical story of how he came to be the first visitor to the new born Christ child - ahead of the other shepherds, and in complete secret. Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo.


Dave Unwin


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Credited cast:
Toby Baddeley Toby Baddeley ... Aaron / Abner
Dominic Cooper ... Angel Gabriel
Michael Gambon ... Grandfather
Maya Gerber Maya Gerber ... Rachel
Colin McFarlane ... Joseph
Josh McFarlane Josh McFarlane ... Reuben / Jacob
Juliet Stevenson ... Mary
Emily Walsh Emily Walsh ... Hannah
Oliver Walsh Oliver Walsh ... Amos


Rachel is 8 and for the first time on Christmas night, she is allowed to join her brothers and sisters to visit their Grandfather, Amos, as he carries out his annual ritual of a night in the hills, where he worked as a young shepherd boy. Grandfather is delighted to see the children and a special bond is established between himself and Rachel. Like her, he was the youngest and was always getting in the way, struggling to do things better, fighting to be believed in. He tells them how she reminds him of a magical night when he was just her age. Gathering his thoughts, Grandfather stirs the embers of the fire with a stick and begins his story. The sparks swirl thickly up into the star filled sky and we see Amos as a young shepherd boy on the hills. That very night the shepherds and he have a surprise visit from the Angel Gabriel. Gabriel explains that this very night, a new king has been born in nearby Bethlehem who will bring peace and goodwill to the peoples of the world, and they ...

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One starry night, a shepherd boy is taken on a secret, magical night-flight to witness a Christmas miracle


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February 2015 (USA) See more »

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£640,000 (estimated)
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Festive nativity
24 December 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

On Angel Wings is Michael Morpurgo re-working the nativity story. It has an all star voice cast including Michael Gambon, Juliet Stevenson and Dominic Cooper.

A little shepherd boy Amos meets the Angel Gabriel and travels with him on a journey to Bethlehem to meet the newborn Jesus. Some years later, now a grandfather he recalls his experience to his grandchildren on Christmas night.

The story is a spirited retelling which modern and younger kids will enjoy during the Christmas holidays. However I get the feeling the budget went on the voice casting as the animation is rather so-so with even CGI turning up for the space scenes. It kind of makes it look messy and cheap which is a shame.

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