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Encyclopedia > Angel Heart
Angel Heart
Directed by Alan Parker
Produced by Elliott Kastner
Alan Marshall
Written by William Hjortsberg
(novel, Falling Angel)
Alan Parker
Starring Mickey Rourke
Robert De Niro
Lisa Bonet
Charlotte Rampling
Music by Trevor Jones
Cinematography Michael Seresin
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) 1987
Running time 113 minutes
Language English
Budget $17,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

Angel Heart is a 1987 horror movie written and directed by Alan Parker, starring Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet and Robert De Niro. The film is adapted from the novel Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg, and is generally faithful to the novel, but it has a more somber tone. Image File history File links Angel_Heart. ... Alan Parker on the set of Pink Floyd The Wall Sir Alan Parker (born February 14, 1944) is a British film director, producer, writer, and actor. ... William Hjortsberg is a novelist and screenwriter best known for writing the screenplay of the movie Legend. ... Alan Parker on the set of Pink Floyd The Wall Sir Alan Parker (born February 14, 1944) is a British film director, producer, writer, and actor. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Robert Mario De Niro Jr. ... Lisa Michelle Bonet (born November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet, is an American actress. ... Rampling modeling on a Mickey Spillane book cover, 1972. ... Trevor Jones (born 1949 Cape Town, South Africa) is an orchestral film score composer. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Alan Parker on the set of Pink Floyd The Wall Sir Alan Parker (born February 14, 1944) is a British film director, producer, writer, and actor. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Lisa Michelle Bonet (born November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet, is an American actress. ... Robert Mario De Niro Jr. ... William Hjortsberg is a novelist and screenwriter best known for writing the screenplay of the movie Legend. ...


A highly atmospheric film, Angel Heart combines elements of film noir, hard-boiled detective stories and horror. This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ... Hard-boiled detective is a type of character that appears in crime and mystery fiction, but occasionally in other genres as well. ... DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ...

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Plot overview

Rourke plays Harry Angel, a seedy private investigator in 1955 New York City. Louis Cyphre (De Niro) hires Angel to locate Johnny Favorite, a popular big band crooner who was severely injured in World War II and hospitalized with profound brain damage. Cyphre discovers that the hospital falsified Favorite's records, and wants Angel to find out what happened, as Favorite owed a debt to Cyphre. A private investigator, private detective, PI, or private eye, is a person who undertakes investigations, usually for a private citizen or some other entity not involved with a government or police organization. ... “New York, NY” redirects here. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from 1935 until the late 1940s. ... Left To Right, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin Crooner is an epithet given to a male singer of a certain style of popular songs, dubbed pop standards. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


But there's more to the case than initially appears, as the debt in question is Favorite's soul, and Cyphre is not human – his very name, Louis Cyphre, is a play on words, sounding like Lucifer when said out loud. His true objective is strongly hinted at by the "egg scene," in which Cyphre eats, with great gusto, an egg – after remarking that in many cultures it represents the soul. Lucifer, as depicted in Collin de Plancys Dictionnaire Infernal (1863). ...


Angel travels to New Orleans as he digs deeper into the case, delving into a world of voodoo and Satanism and growing increasingly worried for his own safety and sanity. As each witness or informant he speaks to turns up dead, Angel becomes a suspect in their murders. And as Harry Angel discovers more and more of the truth behind Favorite's fate, he experiences eerie flashbacks of Satanic rituals, a Black Mass and a string of murders. He meets Epiphany Proudfoot (Bonet), daughter of a voodoo practitioner who knew Favorite. Notable is the film's disturbing twist ending, in which Angel must finally face the fact that he is Johnny Favorite himself, having abducted and, through a Satanic ritual, taken the place and identity of the original Harry Angel, a soldier returning from the war whom he (Favorite) randomly picked off the street. Favorite had promised his soul to the Devil in exchange for worldly success, but then tried to renege by taking the place of another. It is only after he realizes his true identity that Cyphre can claim what is his: Favorite's very soul. Over the end credits, there is a lengthy sequence of Angel descending in a rickety old elevator, apparently on his way to Hell. New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Voodoo (Vodou, Vodoun, Vudu, or Vudun in Benin, Togo, southeastern Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Senegal; also Vodou in Haiti) is a name attributed to a traditionally uten West African spiritual system of faith and ritual practices. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... // the people of hte black mass religion should ill go worship god insted. ... A twist ending or surprise ending is an unexpected conclusion or climax to a work of fiction, which may contain an irony, or cause the audience to reevaluate the rest of the story. ... For other uses, see Hell (disambiguation). ...


Response

Angel Heart gained attention and controversy even before its release. Bonet was previously known for her role on the family-oriented The Cosby Show, and her extended, graphic and blood-drenched love scene with Rourke required being trimmed of several seconds to secure the film an 'R' rating on initial release. This article contains a trivia section. ... The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and territories and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ...


Some blamed the controversy for Bonet's departure from The Cosby Show, though a few years later she starred in another Cosby-produced program, A Different World. A Different World was an American television sitcom which aired from September 24, 1987 until July 9, 1993. ...


Angel Heart received mixed reviews, and wasn't especially successful financially, just about breaking even. [1]


After being released on home video, however, Angel Heart became something of a cult film, known for its spooky tone, excellent cinematography (by Michael Seresin), a sad and spooky score (by Trevor Jones), and an unusual but effective blend of genres. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Trevor Alfred Charles Jones (born March 23, 1949 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African orchestral film score composer. ...


Cast

Actor/Actress Role
Mickey Rourke 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 Det. Sterne
Charles Gordone Spider Simpson, Bandleader
Dann Florek Herman Winesap
Kathleen Wilhoite Nurse
George Buck Izzy

This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Robert Mario De Niro Jr. ... Lisa Michelle Bonet (born November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet, is an American actress. ... Rampling modeling on a Mickey Spillane book cover, 1972. ... Walter Brownie McGhee (November 30, 1915 - February 16, 1996) was a folk-blues singer and guitarist, best known for his collaborations with the harmonica player Sonny Terry. ... Elizabeth Whitcraft is an American actress who played small parts in some notable American films in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Charles Edward Gordone (12 October 1925 - 17 November 1995) He was the first black playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize. ... Dann Florek (born May 1, 1950 in Flat Rock, Michigan) is an American actor and director. ... Kathleen Wilhoite (born June 29, 1964 in Santa Barbara, California) is an American film and television actress. ... Sir George Buck (died 1622) was an antiquarian who served as Master of the Revels to King James I of England. ...

See also

Cycle of films taking place during the 1950s (or occasionally the early 1960s) that was started by American Graffiti (1973), continued by Grease (1978) and lasted throughout the 1980s. ...

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ANGEL HEART gets off to a decidedly tragic start—as the story begins, a professional killer by the code name "Glass Heart" jumps off a building, stricken with remorse over the people she has killed.
While Ryo still factors in heavily in the story, the main focus is on Glass Heart as she struggles to cope with the conflict between her training and the kind-hearted voice in her heart.
As Glass Heart tries to come to terms with the persona inside, the crime syndicate that once employed the female killer is gearing up for an all-out street war in the heart of Shinjuku.
THE CINEMA LASER DVD REVIEW-- ANGEL HEART (526 words)
ANGEL HEART ($10) is a very intriguing film about the nature of good and evil, played against the backdrop of a film noir detective story.
Angel’s fortunes seem to take a turn for the better when a high priced law firm contacts Harry about doing some investigative work for one of their clients.
ANGEL HEART is framed very close to 1.85:1 and the compositions appear balanced, without anything missing from the edges of the image.
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