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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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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

Corazón satánico See more »

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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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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

Robert De Niro's performance as Louis Cyphere is supposed to be based on his friend and frequent collaberator Martin Scorsese. See more »

Goofs

When Angel discovers Margaret Krusemark's body, a pulse in her neck is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Louis Cyphre: Johnny. Johnny. Johnny.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits roll, you hear the whisper on a black screen, "Harry? Johnny?" 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 »

Connections

References Chinatown (1974) See more »

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Rainy Rainy Day
By Brownie McGhee
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DVD Transfer Enhances This Sordid-But-Intriguing Movie
21 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is a very sordid film. I usually don't go for that sort of thing, but there are a lot of other good things about this movie that made me add this to my collection.

There is very good cinematography and camera-work in here, made even better by the special edition DVD transfer. I liked the old film-noir type atmosphere in the story, which is an interesting one overall.

There are no really good-guy characters in this film. Mickey Rourke plays the star of the movie: private eye "Harry Angel." He's somewhat of a low-life but so is everyone else. Lisa Bonet looks spectacular and has a steamy sex scene in here. Robert De Niro gets big billing but he doesn't have that many lines in this film.

The ending of this movie has a very unique twist to it, but it's certainly not a satisfying ending. It is one I should go back over after the next viewing and check for credibility. That's all I can say without using spoilers.

Overall, a sleazy but very intriguing story, with great atmosphere, that I enjoy watching every five years or so. Some would call this movie a modern-day "film noir."


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