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Angel Heart (1987)

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



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Izzy's Wife
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Pastor John (as Gerald L. Orange)


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 has been hired to search for the truth... Pray he doesn't find it. See more »


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6 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corazón satánico  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)


$17,185,632 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the film, private detective Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) searches for someone called Johnny Favorite. About two years after this film debuted, O'Rourke starred as the title character in Johnny Handsome (1989). See more »


When Harry meets Louis Cyphre in the New Orleans church to discuss his progress he states there are 3 dead bodies and he's a murder suspect in two of the cases. Doctor Fowler was killed in New York and there was no mention of a police investigation of his death. And although Margaret Krusmark is dead at this point in the movie, the police had only questioned him about Toots Sweet. See more »


[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 »


References Chinatown (1974) See more »


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Parker's peak,Rourke's finest performance.
12 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

I do not go much for that Parker kind of stuff("Midnight express" ,albeit technically breathtaking was a little racist,"Shoot the moon" was a big bore,and you've got to be into Pink Floyd to appreciate such a work as "the wall")"Angel Heart " is a different matter,because it deals with the horror and fantasy genre.Against all odds,for someone who had never tackled this difficult genre,Parker succeeded magnificently.The screenplay is first-rate,with a strong story,with an ending you'll never guess (and I will not reveal it of course!)Including drugs,voodoo,sabbath ,intense love scenes,featuring a wonderful cast:Rourke,who had never been better (and never would)and a frighteningly deadpan DeNiro cast as Louis Cipher,this movie takes us along in a meandering,labyrinthine investigation in which private detective Rourke will find so dreadful things he won't escape unharmed. The supporting cast is excellent:Charlotte Rampling stays only a few minutes on the screen ,and yet,we remember her and her tea.The same goes for the junkie doctor.I'd tone it for one thing:the elevator scene might have been borrowed from an old French movie,"Huis clos",directed by Jacqueline Audry,from Jean-Paul Sartre's play(1956).

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