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5.0 out of 5 stars The best film ever made... six stars surely
A work of genius... atmospheric, gripping, terrifyingly clever. Needs to be watched more than once to pick up on all the subtleties... like Robert de Niro throwing salt over his shoulder before he eats an egg - 'the symbol of the soul'.
Mickey Rourke has made some real duff films but in this he is brilliant, de Niro is as great as he always is and Lisa Bonet...
Published on 4 Dec 2001

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2.0 out of 5 stars The Devil, you say?
Angel Heart is a great premise and a terrific twist in search of a good movie, or at least a better script as Mickey Rourke's lowlife private eye is hired by the Devil to track down a defaulter who's sold his soul but done a disappearing act come collecting time - something the audience knows long before he cottons on himself. It's a great idea for a neo-noir, set in a...
Published on 28 May 2011 by Trevor Willsmer


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4.0 out of 5 stars Angel Heart, 25 Feb 2005
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Rich Milligan (Thatcham, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Angel Heart [DVD] (DVD)
Moody and atmospheric, this film charts the progress of Mickey Rourke's low down private detective hired by the brooding and mysterious Robert de Niro on the case of a missing singer.
Mixing a veritable potpourri of ideas and concepts this is an extremely visually stunning film taking the viewer from the mean streets of 1950's New York to the bluesy jazz filled countryside of Deep South Louisianna. It takes the many and varied flavours of the occult and voodoo and produces a dark and macabre film which does deliver.
Rourke plays his part extremely well and manages to get the audience to be revolted and yet sympathise with his loser character. De Niro hams it up slightly as evil personified but stills pulls off a most effective and chilling act. The other supporting cast do very well at their minor roles, especially Lisa Bonet although I question the gratuitous nudity slightly.
The running of the film can be quite quirky, from the classic gothic horror to puzzling randomness (the scene on the beach for example) and some of the dream-like scenes are verging on the revolting. The ending of the film is the most stunning sequence, when all the other threads are pulled together, and perhaps I'm just thick, but this came as a total surprise to me!
All in all personally not my favourite type of film, but for the fan of horror, this challenges more than the run of the mill blood and guts slasher movie and is well worth a watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A twist in the tale., 8 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Angel Heart [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I first watched thinking this to be a Robert De Niro film and although he was not on screen for long I was not dissapointed. His portrayal of the devil is subtle and he sits back to allow Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet to take over as the real stars. A great film with a great conclusion and equally great cinematography which conveys the mood perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and haunting, 30 May 2013
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Bought this because I remembered being so impressed by the film many years ago .
And even though I was aware of the twist in the tale, I wasn't disappointed.
Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and dangerous., 4 May 2013
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I don't care what anyone says... this is a good movie!
And I think Micky Rourke's portrail of the two-bit private eye is the best thing he's ever done.
Alan Parker as the director has really found the right time, place and atmosphere for this detective thriller.
And for an old blues buff like myself the appearance of Brownie McGhee is an added plus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality film., 19 Mar 2013
This review is from: Angel Heart [DVD] (DVD)
This is a fantastic film with a dark and edgy overtone through out. It has fantastic actors including Robert deniro and mickey rourke.
The ending is brilliant with an added twist.
Nuff said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual combination of intelligent script and gory splatter movie., 20 Jan 2013
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This is a film which changes direction at frequent intervals. It starts in familiar Sam Spade-imitation territory but veers - quite subtley - into bloody murder, deep south racism, voodoo and devil worship. There are lot's of clues along the way to entertain the amateur detective viewer but they're not irritatingly signposted, the way these things often are.Don't be tempted to hit the Off button before the absolute end of the closing credits, and never eat hard boiled eggs with Robert De Niro. If there was ever a film which demonstrates the old cliche that it's what you don't see that scares you most - this is a prime contender.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for those chickens Harry., 25 Oct 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Angel Heart [DVD] (DVD)
Angel Heart is directed by Alan Parker and written by William Hjortsberg (novel). It stars Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonet. Music is by Trevor Jones and cinematography by Michael Seresin.

Hired by the mysterious Louis Cyphre (De Niro), New York private investigator Harry Angel (Rourke) goes to New Orleans in search of missing WWII veteran Johnny Favourite. But once he gets into the case he finds that nothing much makes any sense. Especially as the bodies start to pile up.

A mix of detective mystery thriller laced with voodoo horror, nicely furnished with noirish photography and piped with a suitably eerie musical score, Angel Heart is a Sothern Gothic delight. The plot is a bit too murky for its own good at times, and credulity is stretched to breaking point, but the constant sense of unease and the off kilter flow of Harry Angel's journey, ensures its riveting from the start to its wonderfully twisted ending. Rourke is excellent, a ball of sleazy like confusion, De Niro isn't having to do much and he's not in it nearly enough, but never the less he commands the screen with that 80s presence he was so famed for. While Bonet lets go of all her homespun Cosby show niceties to unleash a naked and bloody woman of intrigue.

Enjoy the metaphors, enjoy the hoodwinking, enjoy the cast and certainly enjoy the impressive sheen cloaked all over it. Parker has fun making it, you should have fun watching it unravel in front of you. 7.5/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very haunting film - one of it's kind - not for the fainthearted., 23 July 2012
This review is from: Angel Heart [DVD] (DVD)
I for one, cannot watch this movie and remain unchanged. It is probably one of the most haunting psychological twists in the history of film and still gives me the creeps every time I watch it. I watch in horror-filled awe as the seemingly innocent detective gets caught up it the game of cat and mouse. an excellent film and one of those must-sees.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A class film, 6 Jun 2012
This review is from: Angel Heart - Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
Truly a class film from beginning to end. The performances are superb with Rouke easily acting at his peak. The film is a creepy atmospheric triller set against the backdrop of Deep South America with a haunting blues/jazz soundtrack and so much to pick up that you will easily need to watch it 2-3 times to pick up all he nuances within the film. One of Parkers great films (alongside the equally brilliant Midnight Express) this will be the best £5 you spend for a while!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Devil, you say?, 28 May 2011
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Angel Heart [DVD] (DVD)
Angel Heart is a great premise and a terrific twist in search of a good movie, or at least a better script as Mickey Rourke's lowlife private eye is hired by the Devil to track down a defaulter who's sold his soul but done a disappearing act come collecting time - something the audience knows long before he cottons on himself. It's a great idea for a neo-noir, set in a murkily realised post WW2 New Orleans, but unfortunately Alan Parker mistakes endless shots of fans or shadowy elevators for atmosphere, provides a screenplay that lacks thrills, chills or even momentum but does really hammer home the elevator metaphors, while Robert De Niro gives a foretaste of the hackwork to come with the screen's least impressive Lou Cypher (you see what they did there?). If anything, it seems even less impressive now than when it came out in 1987.

The film's had a less than satisfactory time of it on both DVD and Bluray in the UK. All versions are slightly cut by the BBFC because of animal cruelty (although the sex scene that was edited for US release remained uncut), and none have outstanding transfers. The first release included an audio commentary and interview with Parker, brief EPK featurettes and, in the first copies, a 64 page paperback book on the making of the film. Its subsequent two-disc reissue included a whole new disc of extras, but these were more interested in voodoo than the film itself, while the Bluray was completely extras-free. Lionsgate's US region-free Bluray offers the film completely uncut in an unrated version with an excellent transfer, dropping the voodoo extras but carrying over the audio commentary and an interview with Parker, a scene-specific commentary and on-camera interview with Rourke (complete with pet Chihuahua and frighteningly bad plastic surgery) and a trailer.
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