Angel Heart

  • 18
  • Alan Parker (1987)
  • US
  • 108 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

In Alan Parker's tense, unpleasant thriller set in 1950s New Orleans, Mickey Rourke plays the New York private detective who's trying to locate a missing person for sinister client Robert De Niro. The trail leads towards voodoo rites and other "gumbo"-jumbo. Rourke's naked romp with Lisa Bonet, as blood drips from the ceiling, caused considerable controversy and received attention from the censors, though you might think the things that really need a good snip are De Niro's fingernails. The story is utter nonsense, dressed up by Parker with much visual hype, and with Rourke, De Niro and Charlotte Rampling contributing performances just the right side of self-parody.

Plot Summary

Mystery thriller starring Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro. New York, 1955: private eye Harry Angel is hired by enigmatic businessman Louis Cyphre to trace a big-band singer believed to be in a veterans' hospital suffering from amnesia. But after discovering that the singer has apparently disappeared, Angel becomes drawn into a macabre world of voodoo and satanic rites.

Cast and crew

Cast

Harry Angel
Mickey Rourke
Louis Cyphre
Robert De Niro
Epiphany Proudfoot
Lisa Bonet
Margaret Krusemark
Charlotte Rampling
Ethan Krusemark
Stocker Fontelieu
Toots Sweet
Brownie McGhee
Doctor Fowler
Michael Higgins
Connie
Elizabeth Whitcraft
Sterne
Eliott Keener
Spider Simpson
Charles Gordone
Winesap
Dann Florek
Nurse
Kathleen Wilhoite

Crew

Director
Alan Parker

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia-Cannon-Warner
Guidance: 
May be edited for language, violence, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

Add new comment