Angel Heart (1987)

1987 Horror, Thriller, Mystery

User Score: 56/100

Synopsis:

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. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Set in Harlem and New Orleans in 1955, this supernatural thriller stirred a brief controversy when released in 1987 because some scenes featuring Lisa Bonet (then a popular cast member of The Cosby Show) were considered too sexually explicit to be rated R. The edited material was restored for the unrated video release, and the movie now makes a fitting double bill with Fallen, with its similar plot about a sullen detective (Mickey Rourke) who is hired to find a missing person by a shady client with pointy fingernails named Louis Cyphre (Lucifer, get it?), played with subtle menace by Robert De Niro. Rourke’s investigation leads him into an underworld of voodoo and forbidden desires, and as the mystery unfolds director Alan Parker fills every scene with conspicuous style and atmospheric excess, compelling critic Pauline Kael to observe that, "Parker simply doesn’t have the gift of making evil seductive, and he edits like a flasher." And yet, this movie does cast a spell of its own (Roger Ebert’s review was considerably more charitable), and the performances of Rourke, De Niro, Bonet, and Charlotte Rampling are well suited to the ominous mood. —Jeff Shannon


About Angel Heart (1987)

Title: Angel Heart
Year: 1987
Starring: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Robert De Niro, Judith Drake, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Higgins, Kathleen Wilhoite, Mickey Rourke, Dann Florek, Murray Bandel, George Buck, Gerald Orange, Peggy Severe, Dave Petitjean, Rick Washburn, Neil Newlon, Oakley Dalton, Lisa Bonet, Yvonne Bywaters, Loys T. Bergeron, Stocker Fontelieu, Joshua Frank, Brownie McGhee, Karmen Harris, Nicole Burdette, Elizabeth Whitcraft, Kendall Lupe, Eliott Keener, Percy Martin, Charles Gordone, Viola Dunbar
Director: Alan Parker
Reviewer:
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.75/5 stars from 9 users. Votes: 9.
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

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