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The down-and-out private detective Harry Angel is ordered, by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre, to go on a mission to find a missing person. His routine failure soon leads to a bloody spur with himself as Harry Angel goes on a supernatural journey into his soul.
Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel, a 1950's chain smokin' gumshoe private detective, hired by the devilish deceiving devious Robert De Niro as Louis Cyphre, to locate a missing person who owes Mr Cyphre a debt. Harry soon realizes this is much more than a missing person case, and he finds himself the number one suspect in a series of grizzly murders. Harry learns the hard way that sometimes people make the wrong deal, with the wrong person. Angel Heart is from genius director, Alan Parker, and features a moody blues New Orleans jazz soundtrack, witty dialogue, gorgeous cinematography, voodoo, chickens, and a smokin' hot Cosby kid. Now, who wants a deviled egg?
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Written and directed by British maverick Alan Parker (‘Midnight Express’, ‘Pink Floyd The Wall’, ‘Mississippi Burning’) adapted from the novel ‘Falling Angel’ by William Hjortsberg ‘Angel Heart’ is a mystery pastiche of hardboiled detective film noir and psychological supernatural occult horror.
Very stylish the movie is dripping in atmosphere with shocking imagery, wonderful cinematography and an excellent blues/jazz soundtrack. It is chock full of great highly memorable scenes thanks to a tight script and innovative direction and a career best turn from Mickey Rourke in a breath-taking performance playing the character of a seedy, unpleasant and shabby looking private detective. The ever-brilliant Robert De Niro supports Rourke greatly and when the two are on screen together, it is an awe-inspiring…
Alan Parker is one of Britain's most accomplished directors, but apparently unknown to a lot of our overseas LB'ers. He has missed the odd step or two in a film career than was kicked off by the musical Bugsy Malone back in 1976, but when he's on song he makes appealing films that have straddled many genres. Both Mississippi Burning and The Commitments are five star films that capture both the racial hatred of the Deep South and the jet black comedy of Ireland's working class. He's done it all, and although Angel Heart may rank 4th or 5th in his canon of work, it's still a creepy horror mystery with some uncomfortable scenes and two stand out…
Perfectly paced and with a language, scenario and performances worthy of a good deceitful and dangerous noir, Parker directs a chilling puzzle thriller with scary demonic aspects one year before Mississippi Burning (1988). Set in a 1950s Brooklyn, Mickey Rourke plays private detective Harry Angel, who is hired by a mysterious man, Louis Cyphre, to investigate the whereabouts of Johnny Favorite, supposedly because of a personal debt that he has with Cyphre. The only task of Angel consists in reporting anything he can find about Johnny Favorite, whether he is alive or dead, and if he is alive, where. Things begin to turn nasty and disturbingly ritualistic as Angel's investigation goes deeper.
With an assaulting imagery and an unprecedented genre…
This is one of them films where you appreciate more after seeing it a couple times.
I love Alan Parker's direction with the dark shadows and moody feel. This film is a piece of art.
Mickey Rourke is perfect to play this character and does a good job in doing so. In the late 80's he was a good looking/smooth man, so what on earth happened to you Mickey after 10 years or so.
I have seen this plenty of times through the years and it still never fails.
Wonder if Robert D N and Paul Newman had a competition to see who can eat the most eggs.
At the point where the name Louis Cyphre appears on screen/is said, I just gave up. This is a film that is utterly absurd. I enjoyed it, for the most part, though I am not sure it ever once made any sense at all. It's one of those films that portrays a New Orleans that only exists in the minds of people who've seen it on television, and that's fine as far as it goes. It feels like the actors are at least rolling with it, and the hamminess just adds to the charm more than distract from anything. There's not much to distract from.
There are hints, here and there, of a racial message in the film, but it…
This was better than the cheesy title led me to believe. Many of the shots and scenes actually outright impressed me. It did have its lulls though. Definitely worth watching.
*Sigh*... we miss this Mickey Rourke
Ok, so the big twist isn't just telegraphed to the audience. It's faxed, emailed, texted, Skyped.
But it's still a lot of fun. I'd watch ten more movies of Mickey Rourke as a private detective.
Creepy, sexy, with a nearly perfect 'No - do they mean that...Oh, fuck me, that is AWESOME!' ending (or maybe I enjoyed it all the more because I usually have to look those movies up on Wikipedia to figure out what happened. Either I was just paying better attention this time or writing genre fiction is finally starting to pay off. Not in like, money or actually being successful but in at least arriving on time to the big finish instead of late, or not at all).
Pretty good horror movie. Funny how controversial this movie was at the time because of Lisa Bonet's nudity in light of Bill Cosby's current issues. What a hypocrite he was.
One thing's sure, Hell certainly has some prestigious nail salons.
This one's tough. I marked that I liked it, but honestly, it hasn't really aged well. I remember being freaked out when I originally saw Angel Heart a couple decades ago, but now all the performances seem too underplayed (except for Lisa Bonet, who I think is amazing in the film), the plot is a little too muttled and has been played better in films I won't name in order to avoid implied spoilers.
De Niro, who plays not that secretively, plays the devil but he's probably the most disinterested and low-key Satan ever put on film. I remember being freaked out by him before but this time it just seemed like he was doing the minimal necessary to get…
what the utter fuck??
80 favorite movies from the 80s. I've attempted to put them in order. There's a lot of movies I need…