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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Harry Angel is searching for the truth... Pray he doesn't find it. See more »


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6 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Angel Heart - Ascensore per l'inferno  »

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Alan Parker claims that Robert De Niro's performance as Louis Cypher was so eerie and realistic that he generally avoided him during his scenes, letting him just direct himself. See more »

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When Harry leaves Dr Fowler's house after discovering the body, as he retreats down the stairs, wiping his prints, he turns off the hallway light, but the shot shows the light in Dr Fowler's bedroom turning off. It is at the top of the stairs in a room with its own light switch. See more »

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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 Cried For You
Music by Gus Arnheim and Abe Lyman
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra
Courtesy of MCA Records
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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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