Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.
During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone and, because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him.
Brian De Palma
Robert De Niro
Harry Angel has a new case, to find a man called Johnny Favourite. Except things aren't quite that simple and Johnny doesn't want to be found. Let's just say that amongst the period detail and beautiful scenery, it all gets really really nasty.Written by
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Shirley Stoler was originally cast in the part of "Izzy's Wife", but was replaced by Judith Drake. Stoler's voice can still be heard at the end of the scene, singing the song, "I Cried For You". See more »
When Harry is running from the goons chasing him, he interrupts a street procession. As he knocks a few people to the ground, you can see that they're wearing knee pads, especially the woman in the skirt. As this woman lifts herself off the ground, you can see her black knee pads. See more »
Scene during credits shows Mickey Rourke's character descending to 'Hell' inside of an elevator. See more »
The American tv version, presumably in order to make up for time lost in editing the controversial sex scene, added footage that was not included in either the R or Unrated versions. The added footage was mostly made up of flashbacks to the war and other various oddities, and actually helped explain some of the more vague points of the movie. See more »
An effective thriller that works well even when the twist is obvious (spoliers)
Private detective Harry Angel is offered a job through a lawyer by one Mr Cyphre. Mr Cyphre is owed a debt by a man who he helped become famous as a singer. The man was hurt in the war and is believed dead although Mr Cyphre cannot be sure. When Angel finds that the man may not be dead he follows the trail to the South where he encounters a range of characters from the man's past as well as encountering that voodoo is some way involved. When key people in his investigation start being murdered, Angel is the main suspect and he must find the man to clear his own name.
From the first moment Robert De Niro's character is introduced, the first twist is revealed to all but those with the thinnest grasp of word play. The final twist may not be as obvious but the majority of the surprise is gone. So then, it is to the film's credit that it works so very well despite this cat being out of the bag for most people. The plot is still dark and clever in it's own right and works well as a basic detective story but also with the other meaning to most things.
The dark atmosphere of evil and voodoo is gripping and well painted by director Parker. The mugginess of the scenes in the deep south can be felt through the screen surprisingly well. The cast do a good job as well. It is hard to watch Rourke in video thrillers now and then see him doing such a good job here. He carries this film himself. Support from Rampling and a surprisingly naked role from Bonet (who was still best known for the Cosby Show at the time) add class. De Niro's devil is great despite only having a few scenes. The scene where he tell Rourke that some cultures believe that an egg is the symbol of the soul before eating one with an evil look in his eye is great. His screen presence makes good on a small but important part.
Overall this film will work best for those who are totally unaware of the twists and turns it takes but is still an effective and enjoyable thriller for those who see the twists coming or know what they are.
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