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Angel Heart (1987)

It will scare you to your very soul.

Original Title : Angel Heart
Director : Alan Parker
Writer : William Hjortsberg
Alan Parker
Genre : Horror
Mystery
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Robert Dattila , Mario Kassar , Elliott Kastner , Alan Marshall , Andrew G. Vajna
Music : Arthur Freed
Trevor Jones
Abe Lyman
Photography : Michael Seresin
IMDB ID : 0092563
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poster for "Angel Heart" by Alan Parker (1987)
Angel Heart (1987) - Alan Parker
 

Starring

Mickey Rourke Harold R. 'Harry' Angel
Robert De Niro Louis Cyphre
Lisa Bonet Epiphany Proudfoot
Charlotte Rampling Margaret Krusemark
Stocker Fontelieu Ethan Krusemark
Brownie McGhee Toots Sweet
Michael Higgins Dr. Albert Fowler
Elizabeth Whitcraft Connie
Eliott Keener Sterne
Charles Gordone Spider Simpson, Bandleader
Dann Florek Herman Winesap
Kathleen Wilhoite Nurse
George Buck Izzy
Judith Drake Izzy's Wife
Gerald Orange Pastor John (as Gerald L. Orange
Peggy Severe Mammy Carter, Herb Store Proprietor
Pruitt Taylor Vince Delmos
Dave Petitjean Baptism Preacher (as David Petitjean
Rick Washburn Cajun Heavy
Neil Newlon Second Cajun Heavy
Oakley Dalton Big Jacket
Yvonne Bywaters Margaret's Maid
Loys T. Bergeron Mike
Joshua Frank Toothless
Karmen Harris Harlem Mourner
Nicole Burdette Ellie
Kendall Lupe Oyster Cajun
Percy Martin Oyster Cajun
Viola Dunbar Concierge
Murray Bandel Bartender
Jarrett Narcisse Epiphany's Child
Ernest Watson Oyster Bar Saxophonist
Rickie Monie Oyster Bar Pianist
Sugar Blue Toots Sweet Band - Harmonica
Pinetop Perkins Toots Sweet Band - Piano
Deacon John Moore Toots Sweet Band - Lead Guitar
Richard Payne Toots Sweet Band - Double Bass
W. Alonzo Stewart Toots Sweet Band - Drums
Lillian Boutte Toots Sweet Band - Vocalist
Joel Adam Tap Dancer
Darrell Beasley Tap Dancer
Stephen Beasley Tap Dancer
Jerome Reddick Tap Dancer
Louis Freddie Kohlman Voodoo Drums
Stephen Kenyatta Simon Voodoo Drums
Curtis Pierre Voodoo Drums
Kufaru Aaron Mouton Voodoo Drums
Roselyn Lionheart Voodoo Musician
Marilyn Banks Voodoo Dancer
Lula Elzy Voodoo Dancer
Francesca J. Ridge Voodoo Dancer
Hope Clarke Voodoo Dancer
Oscar Best Voodoo Dancer
Sarita Allen Voodoo Dancer
Noel Jones Voodoo Dancer
Valerie Jackson Voodoo Dancer
Greer Goff Voodoo Dancer
Arlena Rolant Voodoo Dancer
Karen Davis Voodoo Dancer
Shirleta Jones Voodoo Dancer
Mark L. Taylor Voodoo Dancer (as Mark Taylor
 

Plot

Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. As he begins to investigate, all the people he contacts concerning Johnny are killed in mysterious ways. As he finds out more about himself and his client he discovers that he is fighting for his very existence and is forced to deal with the devil himself.
 

Comments

A movie filled with paradoxes Angel Heart is one of the most frightening movies I've ever seen.The reason it is frightening is if only for the ending.But the script and the direction leads up to that critical point and even if you have figured it out by then, you are still mesmerized by the last shot of Deniro. This movie is unique in the fact that almost every shot, every frame has another meaning to it.There is always something lurking behind the forbidden creeking doors of your mind, waiting to jump out at you.But it never does.It never becomes obvious and obtrusive.The script is too smart for that and it lets you pick up on things for yourself.Take for example the ominous use of fans in the film.Why are they there and what purpose do they serve?There is a reason for them and it is not because the characters need to stay cool in the literal sense. Take the name of the firm that hires Harry Angel to search for his missing party.Winesap and Macintosh.Strange names indeed, but a clever twist on words.There are also many shots of split images.Why? This movie is so atmospheric and brilliant that you really have to watch it more than once to fully appreciate it.I know I did. Then there is the performances.Mickey Rourke was born to play Harry Angel and Deniro plays the most sinister character I have seen in film in years.He is sinsiter not because of his known intentions, but because of what is unknown.And he has some great lines.For example " they say there is just enough religion in the world to make men hate one another but not enough to make them love. "How true.And " How terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the wise. "Truly brilliant stuff.This is one terrific hidden gem!
 
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