Angel Heart

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The time is the 1950s: seedy Brooklyn private eye Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by shady Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to locate a pop singer who reneged on a debt. Harry ventures into Harlem, the first step of a Heart of Darkness-inspired odyssey. Each time Harry makes contact with someone who might know the singer's whereabouts, he or she is killed in a horrible, ritualistic fashion; a Satanic cult seems to be at the bottom of all the carnage. Harry solves the mystery, all right. He just didn't know that he had the answer all along -- even before Louis entered his office. Also available in the unrated video version, Angel Heart is best known as the film that nearly got an X-rating due to a no-holds-barred sex scene involving Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


  • Mickey Rourke
  • Robert De Niro
  • Lisa Bonet
  • Charlotte Rampling
  • Stocker Fontelieu
  • Brownie McGhee
  • Michael Higgins
  • Elizabeth Whitcraft
  • Eliott Keener
  • Charles Gordone

Did You Know?


  • The old train Harry takes in to Louisiana, in the close-ups, wasn't a working train, and for filming, it had to be pushed in by a proper train from behind.
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  • After Harry finds Dr. Fowler dead, he lights a cigarette and the camera shows a close up of the gun in Dr. Fowler's hand, not fully grasped, pointing towards the left side of his body. In the next shot Harry goes to grab the Bible with the ammunition inside, and the gun is now pointing up towards Dr. Fowler.
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    • Louis Cyphre: Are you an atheist?
    • Harry Angel: Yes, I am. I'm from Brooklyn.
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It has the unsettled logic of a nightmare, in which nothing fits and everything seems inevitable and there are a lot of arrows in the air and they are all flying straight at you.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There's a Faustian bargain in Angel Heart, and not only on the screen. Undeniably, Parker is hobnobbing with the false gods of Style. But isn't it just the damnest thing: he's having (and giving) a hell of a good time. [07 Mar 1987]

Metacritic review by Rick Groen
Rick Groen
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)