Angel Heart (1987)
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Harry Angel is searching for the truth... Pray he doesn't find it.
|Harry angel is a tough new york detective pitted against the most fearsome adversary possible. It is a provocative and chilling story entwined in the world of the occult, set in backwoods new orleans.|
Editor's NoteIn Alan Parker's ANGEL HEART, based on the novel FALLING ANGEL by William Hjortsberg, a New York City gumshoe is hired to find an aging blues singer. Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) follows clues from the ominous ghettos of Harlem to the witchy backwoods of Louisiana, where he takes up with Epiphany Proudfoot (Lisa Bonet), the beautiful young daughter of a voodoo priestess, whom he believes will be able to shed light on the growing mystery surrounding the missing musician. As Angel closes in on the truth of the case, his contacts start turning up dead. He begins to suspect he might be next.Parker (MISSISSIPPI BURNING) threads a commentary on the limitations of modern Western society into his sensual, suspenseful thriller. As the story unfolds, Angel relies less and less on his failing, overwhelmed rational mind (and handgun) and more on Epiphany's ancient mojo. Rourke captures the unraveling protagonist perfectly, and Bonet adds an erotic and mysterious edge with her performance. Robert De Niro is both funny and malevolent as Angel's mysterious client, Louis Cyphre. Shimmering with a beguiling mist of the macabre, ANGEL HEART provides an unexpectedly haunting dose of gothic noir.
Angel Heart - DVD Review
By: Christopher Null filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 11/13/2009 6:42 PM
|A decade before Hollywood got obsessed with urban volcanoes, asteroid impacts, and Steve Prefontaine -- offering us multiple movies about each topic -- the Big Bastardized Theme of the year was an inexplicable one: Voodoo. In 1987-88, three major voodoo-themed movies came out, including Angel Heart, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and The Believers. Each was tackled by a major director, and none of them made a huge splash critically or commercially. In fact, they all made pretty much the same amount at the box office -- slightly under $20 million....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Robert De Niro|
|Alan Parker - Director|
|Alan Parker - Writer|
|Michael Seresin - Director of Photography|
|Robert Dattila, et al. - Producer|
|Trevor Jones - Musical Score|
|William Hjortsberg - Based On Novel By|
Plot SummaryHarry Angel is a 1950s gumshoe hired by a dark stranger to search for the perpetrator of a string of grisly murders leading from New York to the voodoo cults of backwoods New Orleans. Each step Angel takes in this film noir nightmare brings him nearer to the heat of hell.