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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Angel
... Louis Cyphre
... Epiphany Proudfoot
... Margaret Krusemark
Stocker Fontelieu ... Ethan Krusemark
Brownie McGhee ... Toots Sweet
... Dr. Albert Fowler
Elizabeth Whitcraft ... Connie
Eliott Keener ... Det. Sterne
Charles Gordone ... Spider Simpson
... Herman Winesap
... Nurse
George Buck ... Izzy
... Izzy's Wife
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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Nothing can prepare you for the ending of Angel Heart. See more »


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Release Date:

6 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corazón satánico  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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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. See more »

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1980s vehicles in 1950s Brooklyn. See more »

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[first lines]
Louis Cyphre: Johnny. Johnny. Johnny.
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Scene during credits shows Mickey Rourke's character descending to 'Hell' inside of an elevator. See more »

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Girl Of My Dreams
Performed by Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Love it or hate it - it looks stunning - very memorable
24 February 2005 | by See 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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