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on 7 November 2000
A must for video, with repeat viewing necessary to spot the subtle images, lovingly constructed, which are often hidden in the background or incidental to the scene. Rourke gives a career best performance, and De Niro is wonderfully menacing, especially when eating an egg! Credit for the success of the movie must go to Parker however. It is his vision that allows the sinister menace of an outsider's reception into the in-bred southern society of New Orleans to act as an (initially) subtle metaphor of Angel's own sense of dislocation for the world around him. Watch it in a triple bill with Deliverance and Southern Comfort, and your will never holiday in florid again!
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on 6 July 2001
A great mixture of genre, with film noir, detectvie, gothic, horror, thriller, this film has allot in it. It is well directed by Alan Parker (Mississppi Burning, Midnight Express) with his recurring use of fans, sets and charactors. The film gradually decends into hell and gets hotter and hotter as it draws to the finish. Although quite a grim, bleak film it is highly watchable, and is worth seeing for De Niro's subtle but yet cunning performance as the devil.
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on 12 June 2015
A well-written psychological horror film with Mickey Rourke who is brilliant in the lead and Robert De Niro has a small role but is very creepy. One of Alan Parker's best films.
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on 17 August 2009
Sure - the movie is a Mickey Rourke 'classic', but Optimum have done it again and not provided ANY extras with this Blu-ray release.

Gone are the commentary, features and interviews. These were all readily availble on the Special Edition DVD.

What is it with Optinum and not adding extras ?? Are we going to see a double-dip on their titles ?
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on 27 April 2015
When you first see the film, lucky you, when the final twist is revealed you look back at what's gone before and it starts to make sense. Mickey Rourke can actually act and gives another great performance as a cross between Sam Spade and the ruffled Colombo. De Niro is perfectly cast and brings an air of stylish malevolence to his role. All around this gives M Night Shyamalan twist movies a run for their money. Go in with your brain switched on and see if you can see where the plot's heading before it gets there. Beautifully restored and a thoroughly great watch.
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on 23 June 2010
I have loved this film since it came out on the big screen. The low rating on this review is for the terrible job that was done copying the DVD. The picture would actually wobble off and on, very distracting at times but not worth the hassle of sending it back. Such a shame to ruin a great film. I'll find a better copy somewhere else.
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on 3 April 2014
Interesting film with some noir scenes giving great atmosphere.It gathers pace and mystery as it procedes to it's inevitable climax.
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on 27 January 2005
Mickey Rouke stars as Private Eye Harry Angel who is given a job by the mysterious Louis Cypher (Robert de Niro). His remit is to find missing singer Johnny Favourite. Unfortunately for Harry the people he is investigating for the job have a habit of being found dead after he has talked to them. Naturally this puts Harry in the frame for murder.
The cinematography is first rate. Filmed for the most part in Louisiana, there is a real sense of oppression and gloom that makes for an uneasy atmosphere throughout and certainly adds to the tone of the film. Rouke is excellent as the deadbeat Harry a character that attracts and repels at the same time whilst De Niro is suitable sinister as Cypher.
Alan Parker has produced a film that is part psychological thriller, part occult-horror, but always gripping.
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on 25 February 2014
Great acting for a really scarey, gripping story set in The South, De Niro & Rourke are fantastic in this. A bit gorey though.
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on 29 October 2011
Very underrated movie from Alan Parker with a brilliant twist. The book Falling Angel on which it is based is superb also. Parker does the book justice although the action is relocated from New York to the Deep South. It doesn't really matter if you read the book or watch the movie first as both are great. Rourke is also at the top of his game here, his best performance in my view. He plays a down market P.I who tries to locate a missing person and gets drawn into much darker territory. My only slight quibble is that the UK blu-ray transfer isn't very good. Probably better to stick with dvd or import the US blu-ray which is far superior in terms of picture quality.
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