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Angel Heart Reviews

New York City, 1955. Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is a cheap private eye who specializes in divorce and insurance claims. He is asked to go to Harlem to meet wealthy, mysterious Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) by his lawyer, Winesap (Dann Florek). The intellectual, goateed Cyphre pays Angel to find a 1940s crooner named Johnny Favorite, who reneged on a contract and disappeared 12 years ago. Angel goes to a New York sanitarium but finds that the singer, injured during the war and suffering from amnesia, has been transferred, according to hospital records. The trail leads to New Orleans, and what ensues is an ever-deepening mystery that comes to involve voodoo, Satanism, and the supernatural. Notorious for the "X" rating imposed by the MPAA because of a torrid love scene between Rourke and Lisa Bonet in which blood drips from the ceiling (the producers trimmed 10 seconds from the scene and won an "R"), ANGEL HEART is a convoluted combination of film noir and horror that, although expertly filmed by director Alan Parker, seems more an exercise in flashy visuals than mature cinematic storytelling. Both the R-rated version and the infamous "uncut" version are available on videocassette.