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Angel Heart


Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling View All


Alan Parker (Screenplay), Alan Parker (Director) View All

Released: Mar. 6th, 1987
Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes
The down-and-out private detective Harry Angel is ordered, by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre, to go on a mission to find a missing person. His routine failure soon leads to a bloody spur with himself as Harry Angel goes on a supernatural journey into his soul.
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Parker's film-making has always given me a weird vibe that doesn't quite make him an auteur but does leave a distinct impression on some outwardly journeyman-like films; while this lent extra personality to straightforward works like Mississippi Burning or The Commitments, in a film like Angel Heart it makes an already-disturbing plot feel all the more frantic even in the quietest scenes.
I think violent death scenes would fit the film and it would certainly be better than just have de Niro tell that the person is dead.
A unique film noir meets murder mystery thriller meets occult horror, this is a pretty slow moving film, but that's because you're supposed to be paying attention to all the clues and imagery and symbolism that you'd forgotten all about until that big pay off twist at the end.