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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.


Alan Parker


William Hjortsberg (novel), Alan Parker (screenplay)
3,377 ( 411)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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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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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Did You Know?


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. *It is also a reference to a "Hand of Glory" which Margret Krusmark mentions as well (which is the cut off hand from the corpse of a thief while hanging from the gallows and can be used to magically open all locked doors.) See more »


After Harry finds Dr. Fowler dead, he lights a cigarette and the camera shows a close up of the gun in Dr. Fowler's hand, not fully grasped, pointing towards the left side of his body. In the next shot Harry goes to grab the Bible with the ammunition inside, and the gun is now pointing up towards Dr. Fowler. See more »


[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

The American tv version, presumably in order to make up for time lost in editing the controversial sex scene, added footage that was not included in either the R or Unrated versions. The added footage was mostly made up of flashbacks to the war and other various oddities, and actually helped explain some of the more vague points of the movie. See more »


Referenced in Beat the Devil (2002) See more »


Gospel Song
Performed by Anthony Evans with Courtney Pine saxophones
Courtesy of Island Records and Antilles Records
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Dark and Moody.
25 July 2004 | by suspiria10See all my reviews

Title: Angel Heart (1987)

Rating: * * * * 1/2

Version Reviewed: Lions Gate (NTSC – Region 1) Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) Audio: English dd 5.1 Running Time: 1:52:50 Rating: R

Director: Alan Parker (Pink Floyd: The Wall / Fame) Writer: Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning / Evita / The Commitments) Music: Trevor Jones (From Hell / Dark City / Labyrinth) Photography: Michael Seresin (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Birdy) Editor: Gerry Hambling (Pink Floyd: The Wall / Fame)

Starring: Mickey Rourke (Fade to Black / 9 ½ Weeks) Robert De Niro (Godsend / Jackie Brown / Mary Shelley's Frankenstein) Lisa Bonet (High Fidelity / Bank Robber / Enemy of the State) Charlotte Rampling (Swimming Pool / Orca) Stocker Fontelieu (Mandingo) Brownie McGhee (The Jerk)

Synopsis: Harry Angel (Rourke) is a rather ragtag and rough and tumble private detective. Always one step away from trouble Harry takes a new case from a rather sinister fellow named Louis Cyphre (DeNiro). It seems that a singer named Johnny Favorite owes Mr. Cyphre a debt that he is to collect upon Favorite's death and it becomes Angels' job to find him and determine his status. When all roads lead to mysteries involving the occult and voodoo, Harry will have to uncover a terrible truth and the cost could be his immortal soul.

Acting: The acting is superb as each actor brings some really great nuances to their characters. Little scenes in this film seem to be made huge with these little additions. Like the scene where Angel meets Cyphre and DeNiro is rolling the hard-boiled eggs and Rourke counters the menace by tossing a pinch of salt over his lest shoulder. These are the little things that make performances priceless and enduring.

Direction / Writing: Expertly written and directed by Parker, every frame of Angel Heart seems to have an inherent grunginess that becomes more menacing as the film progresses. Beautifully set-up scenes do at times seem to have such a textured darkness that the darkness itself seems like a character that threatens to envelope all the characters.

Technical: The technical aspects of Angel Heart don't disappoint either. Trevor Jones musical score runs a gamut of emotion and feeling. Menace, longing, jubilant, jazzy and erotic overtones make for one of his best scores and he has made several. The editing is top notch too; every scene seems to wield yet another piece of the puzzle and is presented very well. The look of the 50's seems to be presented very well I am no expert on the period but they seem to have done a remarkable job of replicating it.

DVD comments: DVD special features consist pf: • Newly Remastered anamorphic print • Newly Remastered dd 5.1 • Alan Parker dvd intro • New interviews • Voodoo truths • An audio commentary by director Alan Parker. • A scene specific video commentary by Mickey Rourke • Behind-the-scenes • Trailer gallery

Afterthoughts: The dvd is a must for any fan of the film and I particularly enjoyed the voodoo documentary. Angel Heart is a very deep and textured film. I have seen it three times now and it always holds my attention with the details and nuances of the acting and overall production value that is quite remarkable. A must see for all fans.

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Release Date:

6 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,688,721, 8 March 1987

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1.85 : 1
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