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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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Harry Angel is searching for the truth... Pray he doesn't find it. 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

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

A reference to the movie was included in Polish metal band Hunter's song "Armia Boga" (Pol, "God's Army") from the album "HellWood". The song ends with a phrase in English: "Welcome to my greedy Louis Cyphre's private hell." See more »

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The head is superimposed on the body of the little boy in the shot where he's pointing at Harry Angel with glowing eyes. 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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Sunny Land
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Alan Parker's Masterpiece
22 December 2004 | by jcanettisSee all my reviews

"Angel Heart" deserves to be considered Alan Parker's masterpiece. The direction is truly amazing, as Parker drives us deeply through a meticulously prepared dark atmosphere, full of allegories and secret hints.

In "Angel Heart", we watch Mickey Rourke in his finest acting hour, who plays Harry Angel, a private investigator hired by the mysterious Louis Cyphre, depicted by the great Robert De Niro. Cyphre assigns Angel the task to find a guy named Johnny Favorite who has disappeared, with whom he has unsettled debts. The task is much harder than it first looks however, as Angel bumps into several murders in the process; and as if that were not enough, the quest makes him realize some very unpleasant truths about himself and Mr. Cyphre.

As noted before, both Rourke and De Niro are excellent in their roles; a high mark goes for the rest of the cast as well, with Lisa Bonnet standing out as charming and apocryphal Epiphany Proudfoot. Yet, the 10/10 mark for this film is definitely credited to Alan Parker's direction: It is his masterpiece.


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