Angel Heart (1987) is an American horror mystery thriller movie that was exceptionally good. Director and co-writer Alan Parker (Evita (1996), Angel Heart (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), The Life of David Gale (2003)) did a phenomenal job executing this extraordinary movie. Angel Heart will be joining my watch again list and will be a movie to entertain guest with. It is an oldie/dated movie that might not be right for people who do not have an open mind. Angel Heart contains bad language, graphic violence, sexual content, nudity, gore, drug use, suspense, thrills and an awesome screenplay.
Angel Heart starts by introducing us to Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), Immortals (2011)) in January 1955 in New York City. Harry is a private investigator that was given a job to find John Liebling, who is also known as Johnny Favorite. Johnny suffered severe neurological trauma from being in World War II. Harry had to obtain information about who Johnny really is and information on his past. Harry discovers that Johnny’s record at the hospitable he was treated at was sabotaged and does not contain accurate information. Physician Fowler (Michael Higgins - State and Main (2000), Guiding Light (1952), The Conversation (1974)) input wrong information on Johnny’s record. Fowler told Harry that he was paid twenty-five thousand dollars to Johnny’s friends. After a few incidents, Harry is still trying to find information on Johnny by reaching out to his old girlfriends. Harry soon finds everyone that he has been questioning about Johnny is ending up being murdered. One person, her heart removed from her body with a ceremonial knife. Is Johnny alive? Is he the one committing the murders of his friends so that the truth is not revealed?
The acting was near perfect, and that is not seen often. The cinematography could not have been better, and the atmosphere was just right. I did not find any plot holes and the sets were good. I do not often enjoy movies from the 1980’s, but this is a classic to me. The movie could have done with less graphic violence and did not need the nudity.
About Angel Heart (1987)
Starring: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Robert De Niro, Judith Drake, Mark L. Taylor, Mickey Rourke, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Higgins, Deacon John Moore, George Buck, Pinetop Perkins, Stocker Fontelieu, Murray Bandel, Kathleen Wilhoite, Dave Petitjean, Richard Payne, Oscar Best, Rick Washburn, W. Alonzo Stewart, Sarita Allen, Neil Newlon, Lillian Boutte, Noel Jones, Oakley Dalton, Joel Adam, Valerie Jackson, Yvonne Bywaters, Darrell Beasley, Greer Goff, Lisa Bonet, Loys T. Bergeron
Director: Alan Parker
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