I love New Orleans, and I love the movie Angel Heart
(1987), adapted from William Hjortsberg’s 1978 novel, Falling Angel
: When private detective Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired to track down heartthrob singer Johnny Favorite—who has disappeared owing a considerable debt to businessman Louis Cyphre (Robert DeNiro)—death follows close behind as Angel puts together the clues to Johnny Favorite’s disappearance.
|The movie poster for Angel Heart (1987, dir. Alan Parker, TriStar).|
It’s the movie whose love scene with the Voodoo priestess Epiphany Proudfoot (Lisa Bonet) got the 19-year-old actress in hot water with The Cosby Show
on which she was a cast member. It’s the movie that got the MPAA to specify that the difference between an R and an X rating is the number of consecutive butt-thrusts shown (turns out that the magic number is 3, or 10 seconds of footage
; four is one thrust too many).
|Angel Heart was based on William Hjortsberg's 1978 novel, Falling Angel.|
Pictured is my copy of Warner Books' 1986 reprint.
stands up as a great movie today, and—spoiler alert—it is a #DevilReference.
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