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Angel Heart [VHS] (1987)

Mickey Rourke , Robert De Niro , Alan Parker  |  X |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling, Stocker Fontelieu
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Writers: Alan Parker, William Hjortsberg
  • Producers: Alan Marshall, Andrew G. Vajna, Elliott Kastner, Mario Kassar, Robert Dattila
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Rated: X (Mature Audiences Only)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • VHS Release Date: April 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300163423
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

You really have to watch this movie more than once to get everything. Creepy and deep indeed. Micky Rourke is pretty good in this one!

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138 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT... June 21, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is an intriguing, unusual, beautifully directed, highly atmospheric film that successfully crosses any number of genre: film noir, thriller, mystery, and horror. The plot is simple. In the mid nineteen fifties, a mysterious and slightly sinister business man, Louis Cypher (Robert De Niro), hires Brooklyn gumshoe, Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke), for a missing person case. Angel's investigation, for which he is being paid a princely sum for the time, takes him from Harlem to New Orleans, as he looks for a former crooner named Johnny Favorite, who sometime during the early nineteen forties apparently welched on a business deal with Louis Cypher and hasn't been heard from since.
What happens when Angel gets to New Orleans will be infused with voodoo rites, ritual murders and taboo sex. The Big Easy is hardly that for our erstwhile detective, as he becomes susceptible to a series of initially puzzling flashbacks. Moreover, it seems that everyone with whom he meets, who had a connection to our missing crooner, ends up being savagely murdered. When he meets with a tarot card reader (Charlotte Rampling), it is just the beginning of the end for our increasingly disheveled gumshoe. His introduction to the gorgeous Epiphany (Lisa Bonet), a seventeen year old voodoo queen, later leads to a coupling that is played with singularly wild abandon. Both of these women have a connection to our mysterious missing person, Johnny Favorite, who, it turns out, may have given the Devil a run for his money in the evil department.
Robert De Niro is sensational in the highly stylized, role of Louis Cypher. He imbues the role with just the right amount of sardonic humor and restrained menace so as to make the character memorable. De Niro leaves an indelible imprint on every scene in which he is in.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Film: 5.0/5.0; Video: 4.0/5.0; Audio: 3.5/5.0

Obviously due to Mickey Rourke's well-earned success and critical acclaim with last year's "The Wrestler", we now receive a fairly expedient release of Alan Parker's "Angel Heart" on the Blu-Ray format, released on the long-defunct Carolco pictures from 1987.

First off I must mention that I am a big fan of this title. It is not a movie which will appeal to everyone, but I really enjoy the overall visual style and the feel (of impending doom) together with the scenery and the truly awesome music and sound cues which makes this a very original piece, and not in any way reminiscent of a typical 80s film. Coupled with a compelling story based on William Hjortsberg's novel "Falling Angel" and top-notch performances throughout makes this one well worth watching over again.

Ironically, this movie was released just before Mickey Rourke intensified his self-destructive process (which coincidentally is what makes "The Wrestler" so good as well, since it parallels Mickey's own strides in life over almost the same period of time covered in that film), a time which--according to his interviews--he was in the process of losing his house (the interviewer actually repeats himself over and over asking Rourke about "why he chose to make the film"). :)

I don't know if it was this pressure which brought out his performance, but nevertheless it is something to behold--especially near the end where he goes all out and almost loses his voice.

The rest of the cast is excellent as well. Lisa Bonet and Charlotte Rampling offer memorable performances, not mentioning the scene in which Bonet almost got kicked off "The Cosby Show" for doing. ;)

As for the technical quality of this release, it is quite decent.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Unconventional Detective Tale December 5, 2001
By Sara
Format:DVD
One of the greatest aspects about this film (to me) is that it is not quite a horror film, not quite a straight supernatural thriller and not totally a gritty detective movie either. It has elements of all three but does not stay consistently with the theme of any. The critics who called it "provocative and original" were correct because if nothing else, _Angel Heart_ is indeed those two things.
On the surface, the plot seems simple. A private investigator named Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to find a big band singer from the 1940s, Johnny Favorite. Angel is hesitant at first but he accepts the job because it pays well. From the beginning of the investigation, Angel learns that Favorite must have had plenty of secrets to hide. I don't want to give too much of the plot away so if you want to watch the film without knowing much about its twists and turns, don't read on. Anyhow, it seems that Favorite had powerful friends who took him out of the hospital he was staying at after the war and he disappeared. Because he had been badly injured, his face was still in bandages when he left so it was possible that Johnny didn't even look like Johnny anymore. As Angel probes deeper and deeper, dead bodies begin to pile up and Angel gets involved with Epiphany (Lisa Bonet), a voodoo priestess who could well be underhandedly included in a diabolical scheme with Favorite. In the film, Angel leaves New York for New Orleans to learn more about the occult practices Favorite was part of. This differs from the novel in which the setting stays in New York throughout. By the last twenty minutes of the film, the audience will discover the dark truth about Johnny Favorite at the same time (or maybe before if you've been paying attention) Angel does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I saw Angel Heart when it was originally released and ...
I saw Angel Heart when it was originally released and was blown away. Definitely ranks with one of the most memorable.
Published 8 days ago by Marion hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic with a suspenseful twist. Mickey Rourke is great and beautiful to look at.
Published 11 days ago by LINDA LONDON CALLAHAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Flick!
Published 13 days ago by Philip B Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars It'll get 'em everytime...
A beautiful story about "us" and how we all work. Speaking as a Certified Hypnotist, "One day you will find yourself and you'll wish you hadn't".
Published 16 days ago by B. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Vendor
Received item on time and with no defects. I saw this movie many years ago and was happy to be able to locate it again.
Published 17 days ago by Denise H.
4.0 out of 5 stars How Terrible is Wisdom When it Brings No Profit to the Wise, Johnny?
Alan Parker directed this stylish, gruesome tale, based on William Hjortsberg's novel "Fallen Angel" and stars Mickey Rourke, Robert DeNiro and Lisa Bonet. Read more
Published 21 days ago by E. Valero
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Movie
This is a very good movie. It is a little gory, and includes satanism, sex, and voodoo. The end has an unexpected, surprising twist.
Published 24 days ago by Happy Harry
2.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't follow it
I didn't like this at all. Even with good actors the plot was all over and I ended the movie early.
Published 25 days ago by BoDi
3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, too much blood
Well plotted, with good character developent, but incredibly bloody. It ruined the movie for me and detracted from the excellent acting and direction.
Published 27 days ago by Sharon Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as many people say
Kind of creepy movie but I guess that was the point! A far cry from Robert Deniro's great roles but I've seen worse.
Published 1 month ago by Oregon selkie
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Who´s the guy who dies at the beginning of the movie?
I had somewhat similar questions. To find out, turn on the director's commentary to hear Alan Parker's explanation and comment of the opening scene.
Sep 26, 2012 by H. Le |  See all 3 posts
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