Angel Heart (DVD)

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Angel Heart (DVD)

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. ...

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Review of "Angel Heart (DVD)"

published 22/07/2001 | Deenie
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Pro Good actors, interesting story, good ending
Cons May seem a little slow to begin with
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"Let me tell you about this one..."

I had never heard of this film until I saw it on offer for £3.99 at my local Makro store. Having a closer look I realised Robert De Niro was in it and thought to myself 'well it has to be good'. (Yes, I am a great fan of De Niro!)

This film was made in 1987 and along with De Niro (who plays Louis Cyphre), stars Mickey Rourke, (who plays Harry Angel).

~The Story~

Harry Angel is a private detective who is contracted by Mr Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favourite who owes him money. He needs to find out if this guy is still alive or not. So Angel sets off on the trail to find him. He manages to find a few people who knew him or worked with people who knew him, but after Angel meets with these people - they become victim to a gruesome murder.

It seems as though someone is following Angel's progress and is trying to 'shut up' these people he has been talking to. Angel, himself, becomes a suspect in two of the murders and as he delves deeper into his quest to find this missing singer he realises that there's a lot more going on than he could ever have imagined.

That is all I shall tell you about the story of the film. I was lucky in that no one had told me anything about this film - all I knew was what I read on the back of the video cover! And believe me if that is all you know about the film, you will enjoy it a lot more! Don't spoil it for yourself by looking up any more facts about this film and what happens - just find out for yourself!

Bearing in mind this film was made in 1987, don't expect loads of special effects. This film is not that style. The story may seem a little slow to begin with but don't let that distract you from what is going is definately one of those films that comes together at the end! Although not a classic, this one is definately worth your time.

Enjoy. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Cazz published 23/07/2001
    Good to see another op - keep in touch, Cazz xx
  • Hedgehog published 23/07/2001
    Nice op - Thanks! Bob:)
  • kleft published 23/07/2001
    I remeber watching AngelHeart a couple of times on terresterial TV but never managing to last till the end and dozing off halfway through, it always seems to be shown quite late, 11pm onwards and on a weekday. I'll endeavour to rent it on video and watching it in full in my own time. Excellent op and not too revealing to spoil future viewing but still enticing enough. R
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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.<BR>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.


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