Angel Heart

Angel Heart

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Director: Alan Parker, Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet

Cast: Alan Parker, Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet

     
 

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The time is the 1950s: seedy Brooklyn private eye Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by shady Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to locate a pop singer who reneged on a debt. Harry ventures into Harlem, the first step of a Heart of Darkness-inspired odyssey. Each time Harry makes contact with someone who might know the singer's whereabouts, he or she is killed in

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The time is the 1950s: seedy Brooklyn private eye Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by shady Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to locate a pop singer who reneged on a debt. Harry ventures into Harlem, the first step of a Heart of Darkness-inspired odyssey. Each time Harry makes contact with someone who might know the singer's whereabouts, he or she is killed in a horrible, ritualistic fashion; a Satanic cult seems to be at the bottom of all the carnage. Harry solves the mystery, all right. He just didn't know that he had the answer all along -- even before Louis entered his office. Also available in the "unrated" video version, Angel Heart is best known as the film that nearly got an X-rating due to a no-holds-barred sex scene involving Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet.

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Always teetering on the edge of perversity, Angel Heart polarized audiences and critics; the squeamish considered it dehumanizing drivel, the unflappable applauded its daring. The truth is somewhere in between. Alan Parker's graphic forays into amorality do often seem to exist primarily for their shock value, including -- but by no means limited to -- the famous sex scene between Lisa Bonet and Mickey Rourke. But the clever script more than redeems its seedier elements by the close, making Angel Heart more like an extension of Parker's fascination with mental torture (following Midnight Express and Pink Floyd: The Wall) than the kind of sleazy late-night noir that would soon become synonymous with Rourke. At the brief height of his career, Rourke radiates the mounting hysteria of a man caught in purgatory, surrounded and eventually engulfed by sadistic evil. By the time he pieces together the mystery, the audience has walked in his shoes enough to absorb his emotional outpouring. Although the "look what I can do" quality of Parker's envelope-pushing will never agree with everyone, Angel Heart does offer rewards to those viewers willing to penetrate its grisly surface.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2009
UPC:
0012236105886
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Alan Parker ; Introduction with Director Alan Parker; Selected Scene Commentary with Mickey Rourke; Interview with Mickey Rourke; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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. Fowler
Elizabeth Whitcraft Connie
Eliott Keener Sterne
Charles Gordone Spider Simpson
Dann Florek Winesap
Kathleen Wilhoite Nurse
Judith Drake Izzy's WIfe
Gerald L. Orange Pastor John
Peggy Severe Mammy Carter
Roselyn Lionhart Voodoo Musician
Kendell Lupe Oyster Cajun
Courtney Peldon Actor
Toots Sweet Band Actor
George "Buck" Flower Izzy
Pruitt Taylor Vince Delmos
David Petitjean Baptism Preacher
Rick Washburne Cajun Heavy
Neil Newlon 2nd 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
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
Hope Clarke Voodoo Dancer
Sarita Allen Voodoo Dancer
Valerie Jackson Voodoo Dancer
Karen Davis Voodoo Dancer
Mark Taylor Voodoo Dancer

Technical Credits
Alan Parker Director,Screenwriter
Risa Bramon Casting
Aude Bronson-Howard Costumes/Costume Designer
J.C. Brotherhood Special Effects
Sunny Clapp Songwriter
Robert Dattila Producer
Anthony Evans Songwriter
Louis Falco Choreography
David Forrest Makeup
Robert Franco Set Decoration/Design
Armin Ganz Art Director
Eddie Green Songwriter
Gerry Hambling Editor
William Hjortsberg Screenwriter
Billy Hopkins Casting
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Elliott Kastner Producer
Ric Kidney Asst. Director
Robert Laden Makeup
Harry Madsen Stunts
Alan Marshall Producer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Brownie McGhee Songwriter
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Morris Production Designer
Leslie Pope Set Decoration/Design
Michael Roberts Camera Operator
Michael Seresin Cinematographer
Roy Thomas Stunts
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer
Shirley Walker Stunts
Jeff Ward Stunts
Webster Whinery Stunts
Carla White Makeup
Kristi Zea Art Director

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Angel Heart 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great movie. Good script, beautifully shot, good performances...The original novel is WAY inferior. Alan Parket at his best
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simlpy the best picture I've ever seen. Parker's most astonishing picture!
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
I admit that I was first taken in by the movie due to the title. Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2, The Expendables),Robert Deniro (A Bronx Tale, Stardust, Limitless), and Lisa Bonet (The Cosby Show) performed their roles with great intensity and clear precision. The reason why I ranked it two stars is due to the fact that I felt that the plot could have included at least one to two characters that had a dominance of “good” in them. Additionally, the movie seemed to imply that an intentionally evil person may be unaware of what they are doing. I can understand if the character came from a background of little emotional warmth and/or affection. However, the fact that a street smart detective seemed to be “controlled” clashes with the idea of free will for mankind. Due to these reasons, “Angel Heart” would be more for those who are horror film fanatics.
marriedutopianstriver More than 1 year ago
I admit that it is not always easy for me to publicly rate something two stars or less. This is only because I strongly believe in karma, which also is related to the type of reviews that a man or woman puts out publicy. I understand that diehard fans of this movie and/or those who disagree with my viewpoint may give at least one unhelpful vote, but I feel it necessary to speak about the movie. “Angel Heart” is a supernatural type of movie that touches on the nature of good versus evil. The casting of Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel, Robert Deniro as Louis Cyphre, and Lisa Bonet as Epiphany Proudfoot was well done. The positives: Mickey Rourke brilliantly played a detective who goes about getting the answers to his questions in very unconventional ways. Rourke’s complicated but convincing portrayal as Harry Angel reminds me of the strong complexity that he showed as a villain in Iron Man 2. Rourke also did a good job in expressing shock at some of the events in the movies, part of me also wanted to believe he had nothing to do with many of the events that transpired. Robert Deniro did an incomparable job of portraying a man who is not how he appears to be and a tricky character to pin down. Deniro’s gift of portraying multiple personas reminds me of his intensity in The Bronx Tale and Stardust movies.Deniro also distinctively plays a Cyphre who convinces Harry Angel that he is truly an ally. Lisa Bonet does a notable job in portraying a woman who is doing the best that she could in going on in her life without her mother while also tending to her son. The reason why I give “AngelHeart” two stars despite the terrific acting is due to my uneasiness with the painting of the Proudfoot character as only promiscuous and mainly focused on her occult lifestyle.  There is nothing wrong with those who choose unconventional lifestyles, but I was hoping that Bonet’s Proudfoot character would have been portrayed in a more positive light. Yes, she was at least wonderfully portrayed as a caring mother. However, it would have been nice if other facets of her were more frequently revealed in the movie. I felt as if the movie was unintentionally portraying that Proudfoot deserved what happened to her as a result of crude stereotypes. Maybe a remake and/or sequel could feature either Proudfoot or one of her descendants as a female of many interests who loves life and is highly spiritual. The remake and/or sequel could also feature what happened to Harry Angel and/or one of his descendants in the afterlife. I only say this because I do believe in reincarnation, and believe that a formerly evil spirit is eventually released from the darker non-physical realms if they are remorseful and are determined to spiritually evolve. However, there are some fans of horror films that may enjoy “AngelHeart.”
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