Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.
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
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"Girl Of My Dreams", which Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) plays at the end, is the same song that Epiphany Proudfoot (Lisa Bonet) sings in the bathtub earlier (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 solos, 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 (Mickey Rourke) whistles along with the off-screen tune that he is not supposed to be knowing at that time. See more »
In New Orleans, there is a daybill ad for a drive-in movie theater posted on a mailbox, which advertises a showing of Cast a Giant Shadow, released 11 years after the setting. See more »
Scene during credits shows Mickey Rourke's character descending to 'Hell' inside of an elevator. See more »
A scene featuring Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet having sex was slightly cut by around 10 secs before release in order to avoid a X rating. The European theatrical version and US video version restore the missing footage. See more »
Love it or hate it - it looks stunning - very memorable
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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