Angel Heart (1987)

R   |    |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

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  • Mickey Rourke and Charlotte Rampling in Angel Heart (1987)
  • Alan Parker and Mickey Rourke in Angel Heart (1987)
  • Alan Parker and Mickey Rourke in Angel Heart (1987)
  • Mickey Rourke and Eliott Keener in Angel Heart (1987)
  • Lisa Bonet in Angel Heart (1987)
  • Alan Parker and Mickey Rourke in Angel Heart (1987)

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7 April 2008 | lastliberal
| You're going to burn for this, Angel.
I am told that people didn't like this film because it was hard to understand. If I told you the ending, you would not suffer a bit and could still enjoy this film immensely, but I won't spoil it.

It is a deep and dark film, set in 1955 in Harlem and New Orleans. Cheap detectives, voodoo, murder, sex, racism - it's all there to add to the mystery.

It is a mystery - a missing person case - where our hero, the two-bit detective (Mickey Rourke) goes looking for a man who has been missing for 12 years. His work takes him to New Orleans, where he gets involved with voodoo and Lisa Bonet ("The Cosby Show") in her film debut. And, what a debut it was, as she and Rourke gave us a scene that had all the appearance of reality.

The film also features Charlotte Rampling, who, while not giving us the show she did in The Night Porter, nevertheless provides a treat as she lies dead with her heart cut out.

And, we wouldn't want to leave out Elizabeth Whitcraft (Goodfellas, Working Girl) who gave the most skintastic performance of her career.

But, the real credit for the film goes to Robert De Niro, who plays a greasy looking character that hired Rourke, and provided the twisted ending that makes this film a horror classic.

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