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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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6 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angel Heart - Ascensore per l'inferno  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,185,632 (USA)
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Trivia

Fangoria article about the movie from the time when it was released had a pictures of deleted death scene of Herman Winesap. On one picture director Alan Parker is shown sitting next to the headless corpse with blood all over the room. Same article also shows picture of partially burned body of the journalist woman who slept with Harry earlier in the movie laying next to the burned house. See more »

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Harry direct dials a seven-digit phone number from a payphone. This wouldn't have been possible in the 1950s. See more »

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[first lines]
Louis Cyphre: Johnny. Johnny. Johnny.
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Love it or hate it - it looks stunning - very memorable
24 February 2005 | by (london UK) – See all my reviews

I'm not in the least surprised that other reviewers either love this or hate it to bits - I also bet that it's the younger users to whom the nature of the visual narrative of the film - the way it's all told to us, the viewer - may seem a bit dated. And to a point, they're right - "Angel Heart" is totally an eighties film, a film of the decade in which the movie world was discovering a new visual language in video and playfully indulged in experimenting with its new toy. It was literally speaking to a generation straight out of MTV classrooms and workshops and is in that sense very similar to stuff like "Betty Blue". And true enough, there is a lot to remark on what can today be seen as a slightly poseur-ish "one too many revolving fans, angularly lit staircases and heartbeat sounds in the soundtrack" kind of thing. However, "Angel Heart" does carry a tremendous amount of energy thanks to its imagery, which will stick to the viewer's mind in exactly the same way a sweaty shirt sticks to the body in sticky weather. Besides, the impeccably drawn cast led by Rourke does a truly remarkable job - that's beyond question - the sets are great, production design and cinematography are very evocative, the soundtrack is memorable and the story is one of the crucial ones. I personally love it.

Give it a go by all means.


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