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Angel Heart (1987)

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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Stocker Fontelieu ...
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Elizabeth Whitcraft ...
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Izzy
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Izzy's Wife
Gerald Orange ...
Pastor John (as Gerald L. Orange)
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Corazón satánico  »

Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,688,721 (USA) (8 March 1987)

Gross:

$17,185,632 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

'Johnny Favourite' is probably a name version for John The Apostle, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ. John The Apostle wrote the Fourth Gospel, and is also the one who stood with Mary under Jesus's cross during the crucifixion. Hence 'The Church Fathers consider him the same person as John the Evangelist, John of Patmos, and the BELOVED DISCIPLE'1 or the 'Favourite'.

Since Angel Heart is a story involving religion and the battle of Good vs Bad, Johnny Favourite may have been used as a Biblical name to add effect on the storyboard.

However there is a big difference between the Biblical Johnny Favourite/John The Apostle and the film's Johnny Favourite, as the latter is certainly one who did not associate generally with religion and specifically with Christianity, but more so to black magic and satanic deals to reach stardom.

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Goofs

When Harry Angel fills Epiphany's glass in the hotel, he puts less than half a glass of whatever is they're drinking. In the next shot, her glass is full. See more »

Quotes

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

After the end credits roll, you hear the whisper on a black screen, "Harry? Johnny?" See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

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Sunny Land
Performed by John Lee Hooker
Courtesy of Everest Records
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I recently blew the dust off of my copy and watched it again…
21 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And I can't believe I never threw my two cents in about this one. When I first saw Angel Heart, I thought it was going to be your regular old mystery. Like a Mamet or Spillane yarn about a down on his luck private investigator drawn into a web of lies and deceit… Oh yeah, it IS like that… and then some. I was completely drawn into this movie. I found it perfectly paced. And just like other movies of this type, could not see the end coming at all. However from the beginning it felt like something was kind of different about THIS yarn. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Kind of like the feeling you get as your walking out of the house and you just know you forgot something but you can't remember what. It was like that, a ‘nagging at the back of your brain' feeling. And then, oh boy! When all is revealed you wish you would have just left without what ever it was you were missing, ‘cause what you find is oh-so frightening. What a terribly wonderful story and what great direction. I can't think of anybody better that De Niro for the roll he played. If you own it: watch in again. If you haven't seen it, you must.


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