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Angel Heart (1987)



Critic Consensus: Angel Heart lures viewers into its disturbing, brutal mystery with authentic noir flair and a palpably hypnotic mood.

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The time is the 1950s: seedy Brooklyn private eye Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by shady Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to locate a pop singer who reneged on a debt. Harry ventures into Harlem, the first step of a Heart of Darkness-inspired odyssey. Each time Harry makes contact with someone who might know the singer's whereabouts, he or she is killed in a horrible, ritualistic fashion; a Satanic cult seems to be at the bottom of all the carnage. Harry solves the mystery, all right. He just didn't know that he had the answer all along -- even before Louis entered his office. Also available in the "unrated" video version, Angel Heart is best known as the film that nearly got an X-rating due to a no-holds-barred sex scene involving Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet.

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Mickey Rourke
as Harry Angel
Robert De Niro
as Louis Cyphre
Lisa Bonet
as Epiphany Proudfoot
Charlotte Rampling
as Margaret Krusemark
Brownie McGhee
as Toots Sweet
Michael Higgins
as Dr. Albert Fowler
Stocker Fontelieu
as Ethan Krusemark
Eliott Keener
as Det. Sterne
Charles Gordone
as Spider Simpson
Dann Florek
as Herman Winesap
Judith Drake
as Izzy's WIfe
Gerald L. Orange
as Pastor John
Peggy Severe
as Mammy Carter
David Petitjean
as Baptism Preacher
Rick Washburn
as Cajun Heavy
Neil Newlon
as 2nd Cajun Heavy
Oakley Dalton
as Big Jacket
Yvonne Bywaters
as Margaret's Maid
Joshua Frank
as Toothless
Rick Washburne
as Cajun Heavy
Karmen Harris
as Harlem Mourner
Kendell Lupe
as Oyster Cajun
Percy Martin
as Oyster Cajun
Viola Dunbar
as Concierge
Murray Bandel
as Bartender
Jarrett Narcisse
as Epiphany's Child
Ernest Watson
as Oyster Bar Saxophonist
Rickie Monie
as Oyster Bar Pianist
Roselyn Lionhart
as Voodoo Musician
Sugar Blue
as Harmonica
Deacon John Moore
as Lead Guitar
Lillian Boutte
as Vocalist, Toots Sweet Band
Lula Elzy
as Voodoo Dancer
Francesca J. Ridge
as Voodoo Dancer
Hope Clarke
as Voodoo Dancer
Sarita Allen
as Voodoo Dancer
Noel Jones
as Voodoo Dancer
Valerie Jackson
as Voodoo Dancer
Greer Goff
as Voodoo Dancer
Arlena Rolant
as Voodoo Dancer
Karen Davis
as Voodoo Dancer
Shirleta Jones
as Voodoo Dancer
Mark Taylor
as Voodoo Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Angel Heart

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5)

Metaphysical and emotional anemia is an important tradition in cult horror/mystery, a category the daffy plot twists and crimson, incestuous excesses of Angel Heart sit quite cozily in.

November 22, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Angel Heart is a thriller and a horror movie, but most of all it's an exuberant exercise in style, in which Parker and his actors have fun taking it to the limit.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Angel Heart is a grim, funny, moving, clever and nearly ageless film.

November 17, 2021 | Full Review…

Angel Heart is a stylish, arresting, and beautifully sculpted thriller.

June 2, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Angel Heart has more style than substance. But what style!

November 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Parker's text is impossibly rich, impossibly complex.

November 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Angel Heart


A spectacular thriller that knows how to combine noir and horror, with a beautiful cinematography, flawless editing, a remarkable performance by Mickey Rourke (who is never less than extraordinary) and an absorbing plot that holds our attention from the first second until the very last.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Psychological horror films are quite hard to pull off, but Angel; Heart on the other hand is a stunning achievement, a film that is so haunting, dark atmosphere and has a great cast of actors and a well thought out storyline. The horror steadily builds up, the way a good horror should, and here we have a picture that really does stand out among other similar films. . If you enjoy psychological horror films, Angel Heart is one of the finest that I have seen. The story is exceptionally well told, the direction is top notch and the acting is precise, immaculate and memorable. Alan Parker is a fine filmmaker and captures something wonderful here; wonderful, yet eerie, terrifying and unflinching in the way he builds up the horror. Angel Heart is a brilliant picture, a film that relies on atmosphere and a great story to let the terror unfold, and it does it very well. Angel Heart is a standout horror tale, a film that showcases a young Mickey Rourke at his very best, and with The Wrestler, I would say that this is finest work he has done. I love a well constructed horror film, and Angel Heart is most certainly that and more. The film uses striking images to make the viewer feel uneasy, and it works quite well. The way the film tackles its plot is great and it's a slow burn n terms of letting things unfold, instead of going quickly into the action, things steadily unravel, and therefore you're more on the edge of your seat. I heavily recommend the film, and Angel Heart may be one of the finest films in 1980's horror cinema.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, though it was creepy enough to make my skin crawl. I sensed a palpable stench of death throughout the film. The acting was excellent, even "Cosby daughter" Lisa Bonet's. DeNiro was fantastic as always; just the sight of his extra-long fingernails made me shiver. Mickey Rourke was great in his starring role as well. It's a shame what has happened to his face since this movie was released, but his new appearance does make "The Wrestler" more authentic. At its heart, this film is a mystery in which all characters have something to hide. Every stone Harry Angel overturns reveals more questions and more corpses. I also enjoyed the twin settings of New York and New Orleans in the 1950s, although the settings were more effective at contributing to character development than being really accurate at portraying the period. While the overall mood and characters were excellently drawn, the plot did have holes. Why have Angel on a quest looking for himself? Couldn't Satan have killed these people by other means? I just didn't completely buy the ending based on the events the precipitated it. All in all, I highly recommend it. Note to PIs: Never trust a client who's willing to pay ridiculously more than something's worth. He has a hidden agenda from which you may not be able to disentangle.

Clintus Maximus
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

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