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Angel Heart (1987)

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A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director:

Alan Parker

Writers:

William Hjortsberg (novel), Alan Parker (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rourke ... Harry Angel
Robert De Niro ... Louis Cyphre
Lisa Bonet ... Epiphany Proudfoot
Charlotte Rampling ... Margaret Krusemark
Stocker Fontelieu Stocker Fontelieu ... Ethan Krusemark
Brownie McGhee Brownie McGhee ... Toots Sweet
Michael Higgins ... Dr. Albert Fowler
Elizabeth Whitcraft Elizabeth Whitcraft ... Connie
Eliott Keener Eliott Keener ... Det. Sterne
Charles Gordone Charles Gordone ... Spider Simpson
Dann Florek ... Herman Winesap
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Nurse
George Buck George Buck ... Izzy
Judith Drake ... Izzy's Wife
Gerald Orange Gerald Orange ... Pastor John (as Gerald L. Orange)
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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 David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Harry Angel is searching for the truth... Pray he doesn't find it. See more »


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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Louis Cyphre: Johnny. Johnny. Johnny.
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Crazy Credits

Scene during credits shows Mickey Rourke's character descending to 'Hell' inside of an elevator. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cosby Show: A Look Back (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
Performed by Guy Lombardo and The Royal Canadians
Courtesy of MCA Records
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An effective thriller that works well even when the twist is obvious (spoliers)
15 October 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

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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Language:

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Release Date:

6 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,688,721, 8 March 1987

Gross USA:

$17,185,632

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,185,632
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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