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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…
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.
Angel Heart is a masterpiece. It's the best '80s neonoir, the best hard-boiled detective/horror hybrid, and the second-best Catholic horror movie after The Exorcist. I've seen it more times than I can count.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Wait, I have a theory: I think that Louis Cyphre guy is the Devil.
But seriously, folks, this is a really striking movie that I look forward to watching again now that I know what kind of a mystery I'm dealing with here.
When I first saw this movie, I never did understood it but then again, I was in middle school at the time when I first heard about it. Fast forward to 2 years ago, I watched it in full and I completely understood it all. Director Alan Parker explores black magic and the occult in this visceral and slightly disturbing film noir about a private eye (Mickey Rourke) who's been hired by a mysterious figure (Robert De Niro) to track down the elusive Johnny Favorite which leads him to a deeper mystery that gets deeper and deeper than the gumshoe ever expected. A tense, atmospheric mystery-thriller with an end twist that will mess you up for days. And, yes, Lisa Bonet is naked in a few scenes, just in case a few horndogs reading this review needed more initiative to watch this movie.
I've never really been much of a fan of Alan Parker and Angel Heart showed me a lot of the reasons why.
Aside from the splendid The Commitments, which is strong in pretty much every way, I find that his films tend to have very strong central concepts but the execution of them is often lazy and unfocused. I mean, here in Angel Heart you have the neat idea of a straightforward private eye crime mystery film given a supernatural twist.
It's not a completely unique idea but it's certainly different enough to give it an immediate point of intrigue. Yet Parker doesn't really work with it at all. Instead he…
Crooner Johnny Favorite is either missing, dead or wishing he was dead. Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) wants him found in whatever state possible. There's only one person who can do the job, and that is private eye Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke).
Angel thinks it will be a routine missing person case, but as he explores the back rooms of Harlem and the backwaters around New Orleans, he soon realizes that Johnny Favorite might have been mixed up in something a little sinister.
There has always been a horror element to the film noir genre, with most of the action taking place in the dead of night or cast in shadows, but Angel Heart pushes past the threshold of the…
Mickey Rourke stars as Harry Angel, a private detective in 1955 New York. He's hired by a mysterious client, Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro), to find a missing man. The man is Johnny Favorite, a singer who was famous before WWII. Johnny was drafted into the entertainment services and was severly wounded while on tour in North Africa. He was released from a VA hospital in upstate New York and disappeared. Cyphre wants Harry to find him. Harry's search takes him to Harlem, Poughkeepsie, Coney Island, and then on to New Orleans, where he meets with Epiphany (Lisa Bonet), a mysterious young woman who seems to know a thing or two about Johnny Favorite. As he gets deeper into the…
The religious motifs of this, holy cow. The acting is interesting and the PI angle with the supernatural elements makes for an interesting film. Robert Deniro is probably the best part.
A private detective is hired to locate a singer who skipped out on a debt. This is a decent 80's horror movie. It's an interesting, but fairly predictable story. De Niro is alright; he isn't exactly given a lot of stuff to do. Lisa Bonet is good and very natural; you have to be when you're acting against Mickey Rourke. This is Rourke's movie and he's great, especially in the end. Look out for a young Charlotte Rampling.
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