Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Page 100: Angel Heart

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.
Angel Heart stands up as a great movie today, and—spoiler alert—it is a #DevilReference.

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