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Harry Angel has been hired in search for the truth. Pray he doesn't find it.
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…
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 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.
Full review here: fictionadvocate.com/2016/02/08/the-boomstick-film-club-angel-heart/
This movie sticks to the hard boiled detective formula. We have our pulp detective, a man who is not apart of society and able to move freely among it yet is also a proud man. We have the setting outweigh the plot, where good scenes are the strength. We have the poorer and seedier sides of humanity being shown. However, this is seeped in the occult and Lovecraftian themes as well. Rooney and De Niro are both fantastic, too. Any fan of True Detective will enjoy this movie.
Sexy Mickey Rourke strikes again! Just look at the way he nonchalantly plays off of DeNiro like that. What a pro.
This is a very Lovecrafty detective flick that takes you from dirty 1950's Coney Island to dirty 1950's New Orleans and puts you at the mercy of the devil himself. There's a whole Jesus allegory thing going on here but I think I need to read the novel and the Bible to get hip to the whole meaning.
But the movie rules. Great cast, looks like they spent a fortune on Rouke's hair as well as the sets.
Creepy as all hell. Can't believe this movie was made in '87.
The plot is a little hokey, but it's enjoyable enough.
This is a disturbing movie on the surface and is horrifying to think about. DeNiro's few scenes are subtle but powerful. The movie's strength is it's ominous atmosphere mainly due to the soundtrack and a beating heart added into the background of a few scenes.
It may have difficulty establishing the story through the interviews Rourke's character conducts, but it's all worth it when the stunning conclusion takes place.
The most supernatural aspect of this film is its preservation of Mickey Rourke's face. Stay away from meth, kids.
Growing up, this was always "that movie where Denise Huxtable shows her tits," since that was all I ever heard about it. Now that I've actually seen the movie, I can sort of see why, since there's nothing else notable about it, other than some cool shots of staircases and Robert DeNiro with pointy fingernails. The screenplay is a bit of a mess, a predictable shaggy dog story that for some reason involves both voodoo and Satanism. Hey screenwriters: a script is about the journey, not the destination.
ANGEL HEART is one of those movies where I can't say I was ever captivated by it, nor was I ever really bored by it.
There is however a lot of positive aspects to it, despite the fact that the entire thing has you saying "huh?!?" once it's all over. Director Alan Parker took advantage of every directional opportunity that presented itself within the film's core private eye mystery, appropriately adding visual metaphors and red herrings to help heighten the film's expectations and genre shifts. Because whatever the film lacked for in its payoff, there was a constant brooding and sense of dread that lingered through every frame. It's important for heavy dialogue films to retain their cinematic values, and…
Fuck. What a fantastic film.
The best Neo-Noir/Horror I can think of, yes better than Se7en.
Rourke and De Niro are incredible.
Angel Heart #39
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