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Angel Heart (1987)

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

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Toots Sweet
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Elizabeth Whitcraft ...
Connie
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Spider Simpson
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Herman Winesap
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Izzy's Wife
Gerald Orange ...
Pastor John (as Gerald L. Orange)
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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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6 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Corazón satánico  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,688,721, 8 March 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,185,632
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1.85 : 1
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Louis Cyphre is shown wearing a mood ring, colored brown, which represents "restlessness". See more »

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

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[first lines]
Louis Cyphre: Johnny. Johnny. Johnny.
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Scene during credits shows Mickey Rourke's character descending to 'Hell' inside of an elevator. See more »

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Basin Street Blues
By Spencer Williams
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Matures with age and grows on audiences and film connoisseurs alike!
7 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

I'm glad I caught this because what was seen by many as a poor film in 1987 can only be seen as great film in 2007. Angel Heart is one of those films that matures with age and grows on audiences and film connoisseurs alike. A psychological horror/thriller is one of the hardest genres for a director to prosper in but if you were to mix in spiritual and religious elements along with a heap of film noir, a touch of romance and a smidgen of jazz then you would set yourself a near impossible task, nevertheless it would be a task in which Alan Parker would succeed.

The direction of this film is masterful as Parker engages us through a meticulous atmosphere littered with mysterious allegories, gut rendering paranoia and an unmatched sense of place. This unmatched sense of place is a symptom of his stark imagery and sombre lighting which is played out through an amalgamation of film noir and the focal iconography of 50s and 60s French New Wave (the use of elevators, ceiling fans, staircases etc).

For many of these reasons and more Angel Heart is a very influential film and its inspirations can be seen in many of the psychological thrillers/horrors released in the past 20 years, it is thought provoking and at times a lot more disturbing than any of its genre equivalents. The multi-faceted love scene in the film is one such example, it plays very well as it is cleverly interspersed with a host demonic echelons which (given its style and narrative position) I believe to be unparallelled, even in contemporary cinema.

Overall Angel Heart is a very well paced and well acted film – although initially I felt that having Mickey Rourke in the lead role was a poor choice (based on his more recent work) but clearly he was at his acting best in his younger days almost Oscar-worthy, Robert De Niro is also on form as is the young Lisa Bonet – but these performances combined with everything else make Angel Heart a film that will stick with you, not as much as Midnight Express or Mississippi Burning (dir. Alan Parker), but enough to make you ponder why this film wasn't so successful upon its initial release and enough to curse why he didn't spend more time dabbling in the psychological/horror genre.


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