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I was seven years old when Angel Heart was released. I had absolutely no business whatsoever seeing the film at that age, but my stepdad at the time was obsessed with all things film-related, so he would drag me to just about every single movie that hit our local theater, and it just happened to be that 1987 was the year I spent hanging out in theaters the most.
My earliest recollection of the film was a news piece about how controversial the film’s sex scene between Mickey Rourke’s Harry Angel and Lisa Bonet’s Epiphany Proudfoot characters was, and how it had to be trimmed down just to score an R rating. Even as a kid, I was enthralled by the idea of a film being dangerous and that news piece I saw made me want to see whatever weird, Satanically-inclined film they were billing Angel Heart as. »
- Jerry Smith
William Hjortsberg, screenwriter of the 1985 Tom Cruise fantasy film Legend and 1987 Mickey Rourke devilish noir Angel Heart, died last month of pancreatic cancer at age 76. The death was reported by The Livingston Enterprise, newspaper of Hjortsberg’s hometown Livingston, Montana. Hjortsberg, born in New York, was a novelist with four books to his credit when his Falling Angel was published in 1978. He’d later adapt the tale into Angel Heart, a high-profile demonic… »
13 May 2017 9:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Author William Hjortsberg, who wrote the screenplay for Legend and the novel Falling Angel (which was adapted into the film Angel Heart), died April 22 in Livingston, Mont., according to his hometown paper. He was 76.
The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, family friend Joanne Gardner said.
Hjortsberg, known to friends as “Gatz,” was the author of 10 books and three screenplays. His most prominent novel was 1978's Falling Angel, which mixed horror and detective fiction. The 1987 film version, Angel Heart, starred Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet and attracted controversy for a graphic »
- Andy Lewis
Written and directed by British maverick filmmaker Alan Parker and adapted from the novel Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg, Angel Heart is a mystery pastiche of hardboiled film noir and psychological supernatural occult horror, a hybrid of Chandler-esque detective story… Continue Reading →
- Dave J. Wilson
Today, March 6th, Sir Alan Parker‘s Angel Heart turns thirty, thus creating a golden opportunity for yet another appreciation of what was considered by many an over-stylized satanic shock-fest back in the 80s but has since revealed itself to be, in this writer’s humble opinion, one of the best psychological horrors in the history of American cinema. Read our take on it, though a disclaimer should be made for those who have yet to watch Parker’s mercilessly dark and sinister masterpiece: as the film depends to some extent on the gradual reveal of the mystery central to its narrative – the many elements of which shall be discussed in the following piece – the best way to experience it is with as little insight as possible, and only then compare your view with ours. This is due to the fact that Angel Heart boasts one of the great twists of 1980s, »
- The Film Stage
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