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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 <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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6 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Corazón satánico  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,185,632 (USA)
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In the novel the entire story was set in New York. In the movie much of the action of the film occurs in New Orleans. This change was suggested to Alan Parker by William Hjortsberg himself. See more »

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When Harry Angel makes his tape recording, he gives the date as 3 January 1955. Later he quotes from the television program, The Mickey Mouse Club which did not premiere until 3 October 1955. 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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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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