Angel Heart

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Movie Info

The time is the 1950s: seedy Brooklyn private eye Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by shady Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to locate a pop singer who reneged on a debt. Harry ventures into Harlem, the first step of a Heart of Darkness-inspired odyssey. Each time Harry makes contact with someone who might know the singer's whereabouts, he or she is killed in a horrible, ritualistic fashion; a Satanic cult seems to be at the bottom of all the carnage. Harry solves the mystery, all right. He just didn't know that he had the answer all along -- even before Louis entered his office. Also available in the "unrated" video version, Angel Heart is best known as the film that nearly got an X-rating due to a no-holds-barred sex scene involving Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet.

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Cast

Mickey Rourke
as Harry Angel
Robert De Niro
as Louis Cyphre
Lisa Bonet
as Epiphany Proudfoot
Charlotte Rampling
as Margaret Krusemark
Brownie McGhee
as Toots Sweet
Michael Higgins
as Dr. Albert Fowler
Stocker Fontelieu
as Ethan Krusemark
Eliott Keener
as Det. Sterne
Charles Gordone
as Spider Simpson
Dann Florek
as Herman Winesap
Judith Drake
as Izzy's WIfe
Gerald L. Orange
as Pastor John
Peggy Severe
as Mammy Carter
David Petitjean
as Baptism Preacher
Rick Washburn
as Cajun Heavy
Neil Newlon
as 2nd Cajun Heavy
Oakley Dalton
as Big Jacket
Yvonne Bywaters
as Margaret's Maid
Joshua Frank
as Toothless
Rick Washburne
as Cajun Heavy
Karmen Harris
as Harlem Mourner
Kendell Lupe
as Oyster Cajun
Percy Martin
as Oyster Cajun
Viola Dunbar
as Concierge
Murray Bandel
as Bartender
Jarrett Narcisse
as Epiphany's Child
Ernest Watson
as Oyster Bar Saxophonist
Rickie Monie
as Oyster Bar Pianist
Roselyn Lionhart
as Voodoo Musician
Sugar Blue
as Harmonica
Deacon John Moore
as Lead Guitar
Lillian Boutte
as Vocalist, Toots Sweet Band
Lula Elzy
as Voodoo Dancer
Francesca J. Ridge
as Voodoo Dancer
Hope Clarke
as Voodoo Dancer
Sarita Allen
as Voodoo Dancer
Noel Jones
as Voodoo Dancer
Valerie Jackson
as Voodoo Dancer
Greer Goff
as Voodoo Dancer
Arlena Rolant
as Voodoo Dancer
Karen Davis
as Voodoo Dancer
Shirleta Jones
as Voodoo Dancer
Mark Taylor
as Voodoo Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Angel Heart

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Audience Reviews for Angel Heart

  • Jul 30, 2014
    Psychological horror films are quite hard to pull off, but Angel; Heart on the other hand is a stunning achievement, a film that is so haunting, dark atmosphere and has a great cast of actors and a well thought out storyline. The horror steadily builds up, the way a good horror should, and here we have a picture that really does stand out among other similar films. . If you enjoy psychological horror films, Angel Heart is one of the finest that I have seen. The story is exceptionally well told, the direction is top notch and the acting is precise, immaculate and memorable. Alan Parker is a fine filmmaker and captures something wonderful here; wonderful, yet eerie, terrifying and unflinching in the way he builds up the horror. Angel Heart is a brilliant picture, a film that relies on atmosphere and a great story to let the terror unfold, and it does it very well. Angel Heart is a standout horror tale, a film that showcases a young Mickey Rourke at his very best, and with The Wrestler, I would say that this is finest work he has done. I love a well constructed horror film, and Angel Heart is most certainly that and more. The film uses striking images to make the viewer feel uneasy, and it works quite well. The way the film tackles its plot is great and it's a slow burn n terms of letting things unfold, instead of going quickly into the action, things steadily unravel, and therefore you're more on the edge of your seat. I heavily recommend the film, and Angel Heart may be one of the finest films in 1980's horror cinema.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed this film, though it was creepy enough to make my skin crawl. I sensed a palpable stench of death throughout the film. The acting was excellent, even "Cosby daughter" Lisa Bonet's. DeNiro was fantastic as always; just the sight of his extra-long fingernails made me shiver. Mickey Rourke was great in his starring role as well. It's a shame what has happened to his face since this movie was released, but his new appearance does make "The Wrestler" more authentic. At its heart, this film is a mystery in which all characters have something to hide. Every stone Harry Angel overturns reveals more questions and more corpses. I also enjoyed the twin settings of New York and New Orleans in the 1950s, although the settings were more effective at contributing to character development than being really accurate at portraying the period. While the overall mood and characters were excellently drawn, the plot did have holes. Why have Angel on a quest looking for himself? Couldn't Satan have killed these people by other means? I just didn't completely buy the ending based on the events the precipitated it. All in all, I highly recommend it. Note to PIs: Never trust a client who's willing to pay ridiculously more than something's worth. He has a hidden agenda from which you may not be able to disentangle.
    Clintus M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2014
    It's gonna REALLY easy, if you've watched more than one suspense/horror film in your life, to figure out what's going on. Literally, I figured out what was gonna happen the moment Harry is told to look for Johnny Favorite by the strange and eccentric Louis Cyphre. Because of that tiny bit of predictability the film only gets 3.5 stars instead of the 4. Because I did find the film to be quite great. But that little predictability took away from it, if even just a little bit. This is the type of movie where it's best if you go in knowing nothing about it. I went in cold, I had an idea of the plot but none of the details and I still figured it out fairly quickly. Still, that's not to say that this isn't a compelling movie with a handful of excellent performances. Well, really Robert De Niro gives an excellent performance. He's only in a couple of scenes, but he steals every one of them with his quiet, but intense, demeanor and mysterious presence. Mickey Rourke is good but he's not really emotionally invested in the story until the last 15 minutes of the film, and he's pretty great in the climactic scenes of the film. The film very heavily relies on symbolism and visually surreal scenes in order to build up intrigue and suspense. I think it works perfectly, because even though I figured the story out at the very beginning, I was still interested in seeing how they got there. Louis Cyphre manipulates Harold into doing everything he wants him to do to get what he wants. It's implied that Harold needs to willingly do the things he's manipulated into doing for Louis to be able to collect his debt. That's pretty much all I'm gonna say without really spoiling the film. I digress, this is a great film that loses very little of its luster due to its predictability. It's still a great film with an intriguing premise, great suspense and a great cast to make up for it. I'd definitely watch this if you're a film nerd, it's definitely worth it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2014
    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 twist (add a plot twist for messing with your mind), the film merges the film style of its decade with the mind tricks and characters of a noir while managing to avoid an X rating. Surprising and intelligent, with the always spectacular presence by the legendary Robert DeNiro, scaring audiences with carefully delivered lines of dialogue, a physical posture and a stare that would make you go: "I'm sorry, man, I really didn't mean that. Please don't kill me. Stop looking at me like that!" 77/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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