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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?
Have you seen Mickey Rourke lately? Yeah, he's…
Okay I'm going to be up front; I've had a really long, emotional, stressful day today so I'm going to keep this short with these small points about this movie.
- It's really well directed.
- Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro are awesome.
- Some parts tend to get a little repetitive in regards to structure.
- There's some jarring moments of horror sprinkled throughout what is basically a regular murder mystery.
- The soundtrack is 👌🔥👌🔥👌🔥
- I swear, they were either actually trying to make the plot twist as painfully obvious as possible or they were convinced people wouldn't catch on that early into the film.
- This movie has a weird fetish for fans.
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…
I saw this when it was first released and absolutely hated it. Deeply, totally hated it. Seeing it again I'm a bit puzzled why I hated it so much: I still think it's bad, but now I'm just indifferent. I think it felt very glossy at the time: empty and glossy, but now all films are glossy so it doesn't stand out. Maybe I can now think of it as a genre film and it's a private eye movie, a neo-Noir, but with a supernatural twist. I'm not convinced the narrative makes much sense, but it has the private detective structure - and as the detective moves forward the more he feels out of his depth. That's O.K. But the…
A movie that isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is, and the film makers must have gotten a discount for buying the fake blood in bulk. Yuck.
Great acting but it feels like something is missing from this movie. I wish they gave Robert De Niro more to do. He was creepy but not creepy enough. And after that slow build-up of madness, the ending seemed kinda weak.. especially the descent in an elevator.
There's no way to separate the occult from the incomprehensible in this Alan Parker film set in 1955. Mickey Rourke plays a private eye who is hired by a mysterious client (Robert De Niro) to search for information about a crooner of the prewar era who has disappeared. Rourke searches in the murkiest holes in America-New Orleans is almost as dim as the New York slums. Every place Rourke goes is artfully arranged to be scuzzy, and he's scuzzy, although women don't seem to mind. He has a cajoling, intimate manner with Elizabeth Whitcraft as a ready-for-action blonde, with Charlotte Rampling as a sullen psychic, and especially with the sexpot Lisa Bonet as a teenage Mambo priestess who has a…
Whoa, Mickey Rourke used to look like a human being? Cool. He was really good here. And so was Deniro in his very small role. The atmosphere of this movie could be described as gothic noir. Its look is dark, grimy and sweaty. I don't really have a ton to say about this, other than I enjoyed the story and the style. And the ending was pretty satisfying. But overall I don't think this would be one I'd ever revisit.
2016 movie viewings, #147. It's the start of another month, which means I was recently speeding desperately through the latest of the Netflix Streaming movies I wanted to see that were being dropped on October 31st. Today's movie, although mostly a forgotten obscurity by now, was this big huge deal back when I was a teenager (it came out my freshman year in college), because it featured the boobs of America's Sweetheart Lisa Bonet; or, okay, she wasn't exactly America's Sweetheart, but Bill Cosby certainly got outraged back then like she was, even going to the trouble of kicking her off the TV show she was the star of (A Different World, a college-campus spinoff of the insanely popular Cosby…
Dismember the Alamo
Neo-noir is one of the most creative and fun genres out there, this is because neo-noir films have the ability to mix classic noir tropes with any other film genre. For example, Blade Runner is noir mixed with sci-fi and Brick is noir mixed with teen films.
Angel Heart is one of these special neo-noir combinations, and this one is noir blended with horror, more specifically satanic/occultist horror. And it is just a blast, honestly just a delight from start to finish, all the performances are great, the atmosphere is great, the writing is great, the film's pacing could have used some work though.
Also I'm embarrassed that I didn't see that twist coming.
Also more movies should have blood orgies.
This is a dumb, meandering Mickey Rourke movie. Why does Rourke get cast in so many movies like this?!? Here, Rourke plays Harry Angel, a private investigator from Brooklyn. A lot of the movie takes place in New Orleans.
Spider played them drums like two jackrabbits fucking.
- Toots Sweet, Angel Heart
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