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(1987)

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Alan Parker claims that Robert De Niro's performance as Louis Cypher was so eerie and realistic that he generally avoided him during his scenes, letting him just direct himself.
When Louis blows salt from his egg onto the restaurant table, Harry Angel takes a pinch and throws it over his left shoulder. The superstition is that by doing so you blind the devil (or your evil angel).
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.
Alan Parker offered the role of Harry Angel to Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro himself before Mickey Rourke was cast.
The line "How terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the wise" is drawn from Sophocles' "Oedipus The King".
When Harry Angel visits Margaret Krusemark for the first time, Margaret orders her maid to bring them tea; she and the maid speak briefly in French, which Angel obviously doesn't understand. The maid is asking "Should I bring out the best cups?" and Margaret responds "No."
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.
Johnny Favorite's real name is Liebling, which is commonly used in German for "sweetheart" or "darling" (or angel), but its secondary meaning is "favorite".
Marlon Brando was briefly considered for the role of Louis Cyphre.
Lisa Bonet was fired from The Cosby Show for appering topless in this movie.
In the movie, Johnny Favorite's birthday is the same as director Alan Parker's (14 February). In the book, it's 2 June - the same as the birthday of William Hjortsberg, who wrote it.
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.
Louis Cyphre is shown wearing a mood ring, colored brown, which represents "restlessness".
One of seven movie collaborations of "The Two Alans" - producer Alan Marshall and director Alan Parker. The films include Birdy (1984), Fame (1980), Angel Heart (1987), Bugsy Malone (1976), Midnight Express (1978), Shoot the Moon (1982) and Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982).
The poem about Evangeline and her lover that everyone refers to is "Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The old train Harry takes in to Louisiana we see pulling up in the scene change wasn't a working train and for filming it had to be pushed in by a proper train from behind.
Edward Kelley is also the name of a 16th-century English alchemist and magician (1555-1597/8).
The film was made and released about nine years after its source novel "Falling Angel" by William Hjortsberg had been first published in 1978.
Twin Sisters Cocktail Recipe:

Ingredients 1/2 oz Light Rum 1/2 oz Spiced Rum 1 dash Lime Juice 1 dash Coca Cola

Directions Shake with ice and strain into shot glass. Best served in a Shot Glass.
The song "Girl of My Dreams", sung on a record by Johnny Favorite, is in reality a recording from December 1937 sung by Kenny Sargent as part of the Glen Gray & Casa Loma Orchestra.
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Shirley Stoler was originally cast in the part of "Izzy's Wife", but was replaced by Judith Drake. Stoler's voice can still be heard at the end of the scene, singing the song, "I Cried For You".
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The movie was filmed between the last day of March and August 1986.
The character name of Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) was a homophone for the devilish name of "Lucifer".
Film debut of Jazz musician Deacon John Moore.
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"Girl of my dreams", which Louis Cyphre plays at the end, is the same song that Epiphany Proudfoot sings in the bathtub earlier on (and identifies as a Johnny Favorite tune that her mother always sang to her). It also has several appearances in the soundtrack: in Courtney Pine's saxophone solo's, and played in a ghostly, one-fingered style on an out of tune piano. In one scene, when he is driving to the clinic where Johnny is registered as a patient, Harry Angel actually whistles along with the off-screen tune that he is not supposed to be knowing at that time.
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Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke)'s fee per day was $125.
According to United States Army records, Harry Angel's service number (O-168042) was assigned to Eugene M. Vigneron who was a World War II Coastal Artillery Colonel with follow-on Army Reserve service until retirement in 1962.
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The Train Harry Angel takes into Louisiana is known as The Southern Crescent. It was green in color and marked by a Crescent moon. It ran from New York to most of the major southern states and cities. Before AMTRAK took over the line, the Southern Crescent was one of the last of the great American passenger trains.
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Near the beginning of the movie, Harry Angel opens his bag and we see a set of skeleton keys. In the novel, Harry Angel uses a set of expensive skeleton keys to open locked doors.
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A reference to the movie was included in Polish metal band Hunter's song "Armia Boga" (Pol, "God's Army") from the album HellWood. The song ends with a phrase in English: "Welcome to my greedy Louis Cyphre's private hell."
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In the film, private detective Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) searches for someone called Johnny Favorite. About two years after this film debuted, O'Rourke starred as the title character in Johnny Handsome (1989).
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'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.

1 - source, Wikipedia.
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The nick-name of Harold Angel (Mickey Rourke) was "Harry" who was more commonly known as Harry Angel.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Before each murder, Harry handles or has something to do with the murder weapon - the Bible containing Fowler's gun, the dagger used on Margaret, Toots Suite's razor, the pot of gumbo, his own gun.
The law firm Winesap and Mackintosh are two types of apples, traditional agents of the Devil tempting mankind.

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