Angel Heart

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Distinctive PI mystery.

by on 4/9/2007

Worth watching. Mickey Rourke is a seedy New York private detective in the early 50s who is sent to New Orleans to find a missing person. What he finds is murder, voodoo, atmosphere, and a missing memory as well as a missing person. See fuller review at

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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.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40240159
UPC 012236120483
UPC 14 00012236120483
Format DVD
Release Date 1/9/2007
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 2397
Film Noir
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In 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.
Plot Summary
Summary Harry 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.
Variety "...A mightily absorbing mystery that also represents the best sustained filmmaking of director Alan Parker..." 03/04/1987
Los Angeles Times "...It is a movie cool to the eye....It is the film's cumulative atmosphere that builds its mounting sense of doom..." 03/06/1987 p.C1
Total Film "...With spine-twisting atmosphere, oodles of sly wit and a nightmare-birthing ending..." ,4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's still a kick to see the two Method men lock acting antlers -- particularly with both at the peak of their pomp." 08/01/2006 p.110
Sight and Sound "...A definitive 1980s period piece..." 03/01/2001 p.62
Rolling Stone "[Rourke] gives off a vibe of mangy cool..." 06/10/2004 p.103
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "ANGEL HEART grows richer with each viewing, especially in its autumnal palette." 09/01/2006 128
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "ANGEL HEART duly remains a well-regarded Faustian puzzle of a film." 09/01/2006 p.213
Alan Parker
Mickey Rourke
Robert De Niro
Lisa Bonet
Cast & Crew
Alan Parker - Director
Alan Parker - Writer
Charlotte Rampling - Actor
Lisa Bonet - Actor
Michael Seresin - Director of Photography
Mickey Rourke - Actor
Robert Dattila, et al. - Producer
Robert De Niro - Actor
Trevor Jones - Musical Score
William Hjortsberg - Based On Novel By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1987
Catalog ID 12048
UPC 00012236120483
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review It has the unsettled logic of a nightmare, in which nothing fits and everything seems inevitable and
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Special Edition
Product Attributes
Actor Rourke,Mickey
Label Artisan Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...full of striking, sensual, and frightening images...

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