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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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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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It will scare you to your very soul. See more »


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Release Date:

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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When producer Alan Marshall first approached 'Robert de Niro' by phone about taking a part in the film, de Niro asked him "Are you the guy who produced Birdy (1984)?" When Marshall replied that he was, de Niro promptly hung up. See more »


During the opening credits, the person portraying the dead transient that is being sniffed by the dog blinks their eyes twice. See more »


[first lines]
Louis Cyphre: Johnny. Johnny. Johnny.
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After the end credits roll, you hear the whisper on a black screen, "Harry? Johnny?" See more »


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I recently blew the dust off of my copy and watched it again…
21 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And I can't believe I never threw my two cents in about this one. When I first saw Angel Heart, I thought it was going to be your regular old mystery. Like a Mamet or Spillane yarn about a down on his luck private investigator drawn into a web of lies and deceit… Oh yeah, it IS like that… and then some. I was completely drawn into this movie. I found it perfectly paced. And just like other movies of this type, could not see the end coming at all. However from the beginning it felt like something was kind of different about THIS yarn. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Kind of like the feeling you get as your walking out of the house and you just know you forgot something but you can't remember what. It was like that, a ‘nagging at the back of your brain' feeling. And then, oh boy! When all is revealed you wish you would have just left without what ever it was you were missing, ‘cause what you find is oh-so frightening. What a terribly wonderful story and what great direction. I can't think of anybody better that De Niro for the roll he played. If you own it: watch in again. If you haven't seen it, you must.

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