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on 15 August 2016
Angel heart is an 1987 neo noir detective horror film starring Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel, a private eye from Brooklyn in the 1950s who is hired by Louis Cyphere (Robert De Niro) to locate a mysterious singer named Johnny Favorite, who disappeared in the early ‘40s and hasn't been seen since.

Angel's journey takes him from the streets of New York to jazz clubs in Harlem and, finally, to the sweltering swamps of Louisiana where disturbing acts of sacrifice , worship and voodoo occur.

The film also stars Robert Deniro and Lisa Bonet who give strong performances in unconventional roles not usually associated with them.

From the very beginning of the film the mood is dark and mysterious and it is suggested not everything is as it seems as Angel endures frightening dreams and meets strange characters with a dark presence. The film contains some visually shocking and graphic imagery as well as an infamous scene between lisa bonet and mickey rourke which contains very explicit and gory sex...

Angel heart is an extremely underrated film from the late 80s which blends the detective crime genre with the occult/psychological horror genre and delivers on action , mystery and horrifying the viewer. Recommended to anybody who enjoys horror and detective movies.
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on 11 February 2018
A good film I'd recommend. Stylish,soulful, a little creepy and sinister, a perculiar detective story in essence, it is of course much more than that. For a 30 year old film it's aged really well and is still a treat to see. Musically interesting with a jazz feel throughout the film, a steady paced film that opens as the story develops. Ultimately a stylish detective story involving demonic possession that shows a world from another time, a must see. Alan parkers best.
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on 25 October 2013
Mickey Rourke in i think his best performance before he went AWOL from Hollywood and started boxing professionally and indulging in plastic surgery operations seemingly performed by blind doctors. He plays a private detective hired by Robert De Niro to find a missing singer in 1950's American southern states.
The film looks beautiful and is very sensual, employing recurring scenes of dark symbolism interweaving throughout the story in an attempt to attain a sinister,nightmarish effect. It works if you don't over-analyse and it looks fabulous. Once you start to question certain inconsistencies or coincidences, such as who might be following Rourke then the film may lose some of its believability, but if you just go with it and let it flow, it will be hard to look away from the screen. I watched it when it first came out and i wondered if it would stand up to a repeated viewing so many years later. I would say it only loses something because i knew the ending, and perhaps because i see the script now as being a bit thin and needing some work, but a good creepy movie.
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on 20 January 2013
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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on 16 August 2017
Mickey rourke whilst he looked liked mickey rourke, gritty movie, great story.
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on 3 March 2018
Saw it years ago, bought it for my library just goes to show Americans can make art when they try
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on 4 May 2013
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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on 16 February 2018
Item arrived on time and as described. Thank you!
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on 7 May 2018
did what I wanted it to
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on 17 April 2018
Good
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