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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…
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.
What a fucked up and uncomfortable experience.
Felt like a film noir dipped in absolute horror.
I actually was tapping my foot in confusion, anger, and discomfort throughout the entire film.
The best film of 1987.
Couldn't help but think this would be better with some more polish, a little more tightening, but it's still extremely stylish, atmospheric and engaging. Leaning really close to a 4.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I started off going with the film but the more it went on i just found myself becoming less interested due to the huge amount of repetitive symbolism. Yip this film is full of chickens, and opening and closing doors, and the shot of the elevator shaft with shadows and the outside of an apartment with one window in red, its just shoved down your throat at every possible moment. It's like they are saying oh did you forget what we showed you 5mins ago, well here it is again and oh here is another shot of a door being opened and another shot of a Nun from behind who turns out to be Robert De Niro at the end,…
Everyone has that one film they inexplicably love way more than everyone else. This is that movie for me.
No me gustan las gallinas.. inocencia de antaño.
(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…
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