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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stocker Fontelieu ...
Brownie McGhee ...
Michael Higgins ...
Elizabeth Whitcraft ...
Eliott Keener ...
Charles Gordone ...
Izzy's Wife
Gerald Orange ...
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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Release Date:

6 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corazón satánico  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)


$17,185,632 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A reference to the movie was included in Polish metal band Hunter's song "Armia Boga" (Pol, "God's Army") from the album HellWood. The song ends with a phrase in English: "Welcome to my greedy Louis Cyphre's private hell." See more »


The head is superimposed on the body of the little boy in the shot where he's pointing at Harry Angel with glowing eyes. See more »


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

After the end credits roll, you hear the whisper on a black screen, "Harry? Johnny?" See more »


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Alan Parker's Masterpiece
22 December 2004 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

"Angel Heart" deserves to be considered Alan Parker's masterpiece. The direction is truly amazing, as Parker drives us deeply through a meticulously prepared dark atmosphere, full of allegories and secret hints.

In "Angel Heart", we watch Mickey Rourke in his finest acting hour, who plays Harry Angel, a private investigator hired by the mysterious Louis Cyphre, depicted by the great Robert De Niro. Cyphre assigns Angel the task to find a guy named Johnny Favorite who has disappeared, with whom he has unsettled debts. The task is much harder than it first looks however, as Angel bumps into several murders in the process; and as if that were not enough, the quest makes him realize some very unpleasant truths about himself and Mr. Cyphre.

As noted before, both Rourke and De Niro are excellent in their roles; a high mark goes for the rest of the cast as well, with Lisa Bonnet standing out as charming and apocryphal Epiphany Proudfoot. Yet, the 10/10 mark for this film is definitely credited to Alan Parker's direction: It is his masterpiece.

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