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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 <>

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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 »


When Harry tries to avoid Ethan Krusemark's two goons by buying oysters he ends up on the floor being attacked by their dog. If you look carefully you will see that the oyster sellers hat appears and disappears off his head from one brief shot to another. See more »


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

Scene during credits shows Mickey Rourke's character descending to 'Hell' inside of an elevator. See more »


References The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) See more »


Gospel Song
Performed by Anthony Evans with Courtney Pine saxophones
Courtesy of Island Records and Antilles Records
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One of the creepiest thrillers ever made
15 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Harry Angel(Mickey Rourke) is a sleazy private detective in 1955 New York. One day, Harry is approached by a mysterious lawyer named Louis Cyphre(Robert De Niro). Louis also has unusually long fingernails and needs help in searching for a former client of his who disappeared mysteriously without ever paying him back. So Harry begins his investigation which takes him from the dark alleys and streets of New York to the hot, musty bayous of Louisiana. While there, he meets up with Epiphany Proudfoot(Lisa Bonet) who is a voodoo priestess and soon enough Harry becomes caught up in voodoo mysticism.

This is the first movie directed by Alan Parker that I've seen and is also the movie that introduced me to Mickey Rourke. The movie has a really dark atmosphere and I really like the heartbeat on the soundtrack that helps to build the tension. "Angel Heart" ranks up there with those really twisted supernatural thrillers like "The Sixth Sense" and "Jacob's Ladder". Why this movie hasn't gotten much attention over the last fourteen years I'll never know. What really makes this movie good is probably its 1950s setting which gives "Angel Heart" some originality. The film's ending just gives me the creeps because it just comes at you from out of no where and there is nothing that hints it. Viewers should also be cautioned when watching "Angel Heart" because it is extremely bloody and then of course there is that love scene between Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet which stirred up a little bit of controversy when it was first released back in 1987.


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