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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:

Angel Heart See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,688,721, 8 March 1987

Gross USA:

$17,185,632

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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 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 City 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. See more »

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In the last scene showing the closeup of Dr. Fowler's body he clearly breathes, causing the photo on his chest to rise. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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 »

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I recently blew the dust off of my copy and watched it again…
21 June 2002 | by plumberguy66See 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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