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 »
At the end of the film, it is implied that Harry Angel was executed for his murder of Epiphany Proudfoot. Yet, it is highly unlikely that a white man in 1950s Louisiana would ever be convicted in a state court for the rape and murder of a black girl, much less put to death for it. See more »
Harry Angel(Mickey Rourke) is a sleazy private detective in 1955 New York. One day, Harry is approached by a mysterious lawyer named Louis Cyphre(Robert De Niro). Louis also has unusually long fingernails and needs help in searching for a former client of his who disappeared mysteriously without ever paying him back. So Harry begins his investigation which takes him from the dark alleys and streets of New York to the hot, musty bayous of Louisiana. While there, he meets up with Epiphany Proudfoot(Lisa Bonet) who is a voodoo priestess and soon enough Harry becomes caught up in voodoo mysticism.
This is the first movie directed by Alan Parker that I've seen and is also the movie that introduced me to Mickey Rourke. The movie has a really dark atmosphere and I really like the heartbeat on the soundtrack that helps to build the tension. "Angel Heart" ranks up there with those really twisted supernatural thrillers like "The Sixth Sense" and "Jacob's Ladder". Why this movie hasn't gotten much attention over the last fourteen years I'll never know. What really makes this movie good is probably its 1950s setting which gives "Angel Heart" some originality. The film's ending just gives me the creeps because it just comes at you from out of no where and there is nothing that hints it. Viewers should also be cautioned when watching "Angel Heart" because it is extremely bloody and then of course there is that love scene between Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet which stirred up a little bit of controversy when it was first released back in 1987.
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