Angel Heart

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Time Out says

A first-person Faustian detective novel presents quite a problem to the screenwriter, and Parker's alterations to William Hjortsberg's Falling Angel slacken the cunning weave of strands. Private eye Harry Angel (Rourke) is hired by the mysterious and malevolent Louis Cyphre (De Niro) to find a missing crooner who dabbled in the occult; but Angel's leads all wind up dead in a series of ritual murders. The supernatural is rendered in standard props (steam from a New York grating, silent nuns, the ominous motif of the clanking ceiling fan), and the information encoded in Angel's dreams emerges in the standard approved fashion. There isn't much imagination at work, but - damagingly - there is the disastrous quirkiness of a Coney island beach scene for winter sunbathers, while a copulation scene featuring writhing bodies and a ceiling pouring blood overwhelms the final horror of the detective's situation.
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Release details

UK release:

1987

Duration:

113 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Alan Parker

Cast:

Stocker Fontelieu, Charlotte Rampling, Lisa Bonet, Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Brownie McGhee

Music:

Trevor Jones

Production Designer:

Brian Morris

Editor:

Gerry Hambling

Cinematography:

Michael Seresin

Screenwriter:

Alan Parker

Producer:

Elliott Kastner, Alan Marshall

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