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Angel Heart (1987)

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A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director:

Alan Parker

Writers:

William Hjortsberg (novel), Alan Parker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rourke ... Harry Angel
Robert De Niro ... Louis Cyphre
Lisa Bonet ... Epiphany Proudfoot
Charlotte Rampling ... Margaret Krusemark
Stocker Fontelieu Stocker Fontelieu ... Ethan Krusemark
Brownie McGhee Brownie McGhee ... Toots Sweet
Michael Higgins ... Dr. Albert Fowler
Elizabeth Whitcraft Elizabeth Whitcraft ... Connie
Eliott Keener Eliott Keener ... Det. Sterne
Charles Gordone Charles Gordone ... Spider Simpson
Dann Florek ... Herman Winesap
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Nurse
George Buck George Buck ... Izzy
Judith Drake ... Izzy's Wife
Gerald Orange 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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón satánico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,688,721, 8 March 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,185,632
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The line "How terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the wise" is drawn from Sophocles' "Oedipus The King". See more »

Goofs

The credit for "Extras Casting" is misspelled without the first T as "Exras Casting". 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 »

Alternate Versions

Curiously, the sex and violence did not offend the British Board of Film Classification, but a scene of a cockfight did, and 4 secs were duly removed from both cinema and video versions. This cockfight has been seen in a heavily edited US TV version screened in the UK on ITV. See more »

Connections

References Adventure in Berlin (1952) See more »

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Soul On Fire
Performed by La Vern Baker
Written by La Vern Baker, Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler
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Love it or hate it - it looks stunning - very memorable
24 February 2005 | by OggzSee all my reviews

I'm not in the least surprised that other reviewers either love this or hate it to bits - I also bet that it's the younger users to whom the nature of the visual narrative of the film - the way it's all told to us, the viewer - may seem a bit dated. And to a point, they're right - "Angel Heart" is totally an eighties film, a film of the decade in which the movie world was discovering a new visual language in video and playfully indulged in experimenting with its new toy. It was literally speaking to a generation straight out of MTV classrooms and workshops and is in that sense very similar to stuff like "Betty Blue". And true enough, there is a lot to remark on what can today be seen as a slightly poseur-ish "one too many revolving fans, angularly lit staircases and heartbeat sounds in the soundtrack" kind of thing. However, "Angel Heart" does carry a tremendous amount of energy thanks to its imagery, which will stick to the viewer's mind in exactly the same way a sweaty shirt sticks to the body in sticky weather. Besides, the impeccably drawn cast led by Rourke does a truly remarkable job - that's beyond question - the sets are great, production design and cinematography are very evocative, the soundtrack is memorable and the story is one of the crucial ones. I personally love it.

Give it a go by all means.


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