Harry Angel has a new case, to find a man called Johnny Favourite. Except things aren't quite that simple…
Release Year: 1987
Rating: 7.3/10 (33,487 voted)
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet
Harry Angel has a new case, to find a man called Johnny Favourite. Except things aren't quite that simple, and Johnny doesn't want to be found. Let's just say that, amongst the period detail and beautiful scenery, it all gets really, really nasty.
Writers: Alan Parker, William Hjortsberg
Robert De Niro
Dr. Albert Fowler
(as Gerald L. Orange)
Harry Angel has been hired to search for the truth… Pray he doesn't find it.
William Hjortsberg |
Release Date: 6 March 1987
Filming Locations: Albany, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $3,688,721
(8 March 1987)
Did You Know?
When Harry Angel visits Margaret Krusemark for the first time, Margaret orders her maid to bring them tea; she and the maid speak briefly in French, which Angel obviously doesn't understand. The maid is asking "Should I bring out the best cups?" and Margaret responds "No."
In New Orleans, there is a daybill ad for a drive-in movie theater posted on a mailbox, which advertises a showing of
Cast a Giant Shadow, released 11 years after the setting.
Johnny. Johnny. Johnny.
How terrible is wisdom…
… when it brings no profit to the wise? On the surface, that seems to
be the moral of "Angel Heart." But look a little deeper — the fact is,
Harry Angel knew the truth all along, and here's the true moral:
"However cleverly you sneak up on a mirror… your reflection always
looks you straight in the eye."
Much of the meaning in this dark tale lies in the above line uttered by
DeNiro's character, Louis Cyphre. We can pretend to lie to ourselves
and bury our heads in the sand, but in the end we know. And it isn't
the knowing that hurts us, but all the hiding and lying that went on
This film has been summed up many times before, so I won't do it again.
It's also been said that the film was ahead of its time in 1987, and
IMO this can't be emphasized enough. There's no doubt in my mind that
it's been an influence on many a filmmaker and screenwriter. Among
films of this type it's easier to follow than, say, "Memento," but more
befuddled and confusing than "The Sixth Sense." You may or may not
guess the ending, but if you're the type who's bothered by confusing
movies — simply read all the spoilers or the whole screenplay, THEN
see the film! I guarantee you won't enjoy it any less for knowing.
Cinematography 10/10, screenplay 7/10, acting 9.5/10, overall I'd give
it about a 9/10. If anything makes this movie great (and qualifies it
as a classic) it's the cinematography and atmosphere. It really is
richly and gorgeously shot, and atmospheric to the nth degree. Watch it
on a slow day when you have time to savor these things and aren't
overly anxious to figure it out or discover the resolution to the