Angel Heart / Alan Parker

  • Country and year: UK / Canada / USA 1987
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 113 min
  • Director and writer: Alan Parker
  • Producer(s): Elliott Kastner, Alan Marshall
  • Cinematographer: Michael Seresin
  • Music: Trevor Jones
  • Cast: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling, Stocker Fontelieu
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Format: 4K DCP

”New York City, 1955. Private detective Harry Angel is hired by the mysterious Louis Cyphre to find singer Johnny Favorite who signed a contract with Cyphre but disappeared before Cyphre could foreclose. As he follows Favorite’s trail, Angel finds that every witness is being murdered after he talks to them. The trail leads Angel to New Orleans and into a mystery involving voodoo and the black arts. Finally, Angel discovers that Cyphre is none other than Lucifer. Favorite had signed a contract for his soul with Cyphre but attempted to use the black arts to avoid Cyphre claiming his soul by transferring it into another body.

In this haunting modern film noir reworking, the Humphrey Bogart-styled gumshoe detective story and the old diabolical pact story make fascinating bedfellows. Angel Heart may be the most haunting of all modern film noir quotings – the film is all fans twirling in the breeze, elevators arriving in chiaroscuros of light from behind barred doors, crummy apartments and washed-out Coney Island and Louisiana landscapes. Angel Heart was one of the most dazzlingly photographed films of its entire decade.” – Richard Scheib / Moria

 

”Angel Heart is a thriller and a horror movie, but most of all it’s an exuberant exercise in style, in which Parker and his actors have fun taking it to the limit”
– Roger Ebert

”A sexy and loopy nightmare drenched in blood”
– Caroline Madden / Screen Queens

”Angel Heart is a stylish, arresting, and beautifully sculpted thriller”
– Grant Watson / Fiction Machine

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