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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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Alan Parker offered the role of Harry Angel to Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro himself before Mickey Rourke was cast. See more »

Goofs

When Harry Angel impersonates an official (Harry Conroy) from the National Institute of Health at the private hospital just outside Poughkeepsie, at the end of his conversation with the nurse, his glasses disappear between the penultimate and final shots of the scene. See more »

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[first lines]
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
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DVD Transfer Enhances This Sordid-But-Intriguing Movie
21 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very sordid film. I usually don't go for that sort of thing, but there are a lot of other good things about this movie that made me add this to my collection.

There is very good cinematography and camera-work in here, made even better by the special edition DVD transfer. I liked the old film-noir type atmosphere in the story, which is an interesting one overall.

There are no really good-guy characters in this film. Mickey Rourke plays the star of the movie: private eye "Harry Angel." He's somewhat of a low-life but so is everyone else. Lisa Bonet looks spectacular and has a steamy sex scene in here. Robert De Niro gets big billing but he doesn't have that many lines in this film.

The ending of this movie has a very unique twist to it, but it's certainly not a satisfying ending. It is one I should go back over after the next viewing and check for credibility. That's all I can say without using spoilers.

Overall, a sleazy but very intriguing story, with great atmosphere, that I enjoy watching every five years or so. Some would call this movie a modern-day "film noir."


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