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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stocker Fontelieu ...
Brownie McGhee ...
Michael Higgins ...
Elizabeth Whitcraft ...
Eliott Keener ...
Charles Gordone ...
Izzy's Wife
Gerald Orange ...
Pastor John (as Gerald L. Orange)


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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


The red sparkle Premier drums are too modern to have been around in 1955. 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 »


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The Right Key, The Wrong Keyhole
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Excellent, but complex.
22 March 2001 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This film is incredible, but you may have to watch it twice. There are so many convolutions and revelations that it's mind-boggling. Though often graphic, Angel Heart can be subtle as well. It is steeped in mythological and biblical symbolism and imagery, and the recurring themes foreshadowing its shocking conclusion are ingenious. Well worth the time and effort that may be needed to grasp it in its enti

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