Movies that are slightly off.
Harry Angel has been hired in seach 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?
Have you seen Mickey Rourke lately? Yeah, he's…
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…
With Angel Heart it's comforting to discover that, even in his prime, Mickey Rourke has always looked like hammered shit. He also acts his ass off in the lead, as do the supporting cast including a particularly wicked turn from Bobby De Niro.
This is a really well shot little mystery that continually surprised me with each new character, location and direction it took. From New York to New Orleans every scene literally drips with atmosphere and its decent into the fantastical hit my sweet spot. Highly recommended.
I thought this might really suck. It didn't suck. I liked it.
A lot more Mickey Rourke than Robert Deniro, if that matters to you. Plus, a kid from The Cosby Show topless.
I did this because there are too many long-winded, wannabe intellectual movie reviews on the Internet.
I need to cut my fingernails.
(More to come perhaps . . .)
'Seriously creepy bayou noir with more twists than you can shake a chicken bone at.'
I have always considered it more of detective thriller than all out horror movie and it does start out with the hard boiled detective on the trail of a missing person.Mickey Rourke's Harry Angel is pretty well moulded in the style of Mike Hammer or Philip Marlowe with maybe a touch of Colombo for good measure,obviously being set in the 1940's and 1950's adds to the feel of film and harks back to those earlier movies and gives it story more gravitas.Its based on Falling Angel horror novel by William Hjortsberg which ive never read but from what I can gather it is pretty faithful to the book.I think this is the kind of film that's splits horror fans,you either…
Great lead performance by Mickey Rourke. Fascinating direction by Alan Parker who I'm a huge fan of, and very moody and interesting scenes, but ultimately an unsuccessful film. It often feels too literary in its dialogue scenes and its meandering pace, something the film Inherent Vice also struggled with. The two films are very similar, both adapted from a book, both with meandering, nonsensical plots and a deadbeat private detective as the lead character. But this film's lead character is more compelling and overall this film achieves a more interesting atmosphere. Lots of great things are going on in this movie but never quite get pulled together into a successful whole.
My least favorite Alan Parker film of the three I've seen (Pink Floyd: The Wall, Mississippi Burning), although I remain a big Alan Parker fan and will continue to seek out his films.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Alan Parker's Masterpiece.
"The flesh is weak, Johnny. Only the soul is immortal. And yours belongs to ME."
grande interpretazione di Mickey Rourke quando ancora aveva una faccia. Malgrado sia un film che ho amato molto, comincia a dimostrare i suoi trent'anni.
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