ANGEL HEART (1997): opinions?

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  1. Aaron D

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    I just bought this based on a few reviews I've read/heard, but I want to know if it's really a good "cult" flick (since it's been likened to 6th Sense- not really cult but I guess both have twist endings, Evil Dead(?), etc.). Any insight is appreciated.

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  2. Matt Pelham

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    I've never heard of an Angel Heart from 97. There is definitely one from 87. Remember it being very controversial at the time and it actually caused Lisa Bonet to be fired from the Cosby Show because of her "scenes." Is this the movie you're talking about?
     
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    I remember being absolutely blown away by this movie. The ending, though arguably quite easy to see coming, ties everything together so brilliantly, and it features such a powerhouse final reel. Awesome, awesome film. Its got a gritty, hard edge, but retains a slick coolness. Mickey Rourke's best performance IMO. The imagery scattered throughout the films is haunting - truly the stuff of nightmares, and the final elevator scene is perfect. Highly recommended. The DVD isn't great, but the movie more than makes up for it. You should be able to find it for less than $10, which certainly isn't a bad thing. [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, I meant 1987 (I'm a moron most times [​IMG] )
    It's $6.60 at DDD.
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    Haven't seen it in ages, but I remember loving it for its atmosphere, and (like Paul), the last twenty minutes or so as everything unravels.

    Yeah, some of it is obvious, but it's great fun.
     
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    IMHO, this is one of the scariest films of the last twenty years. It's much darker and has a deeper sense of dread than the supernatural thrillers they're making today. I saw this one during its theatrical run and it hasn't left me since. Hope we get a remastered director's cut DVD soon.
     
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    Very atmospheric and frightening film. The last scene always disturbs me.
    I have the soundtrack too which is excellent.
     
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    A great little flick, although it tends to fall apart if you analyze it too carefully. It still sends shivers down my spine when I think about it, though. A moody, terrifying movie.
    Plus Lisa Bonet... *droooool*....
     
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    A good double feature is to watch Angel Heart and then David Lynch's Lost Highway because they both have the same general plot, IMO. (Although the former is rather straight-forward, while the latter is a puzzle missing some of its pieces.)
     
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    Very good film to pick up if you're looking for a rental and never seen it before.

    BTW: rumor has it that Bonet and Rourke were doing it for realintercourse
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    Wow, this seems like a great accidental find! I can't wait to get this and see it.

    DonMac, thanks for the Lynch recommendation, I was just going to ask what else I need to see if I like this movie. Any other suggestions?

    As for the cut vs. uncut, I was under the impression the DVD had the cut scenes restored to the film, but that's just heresay.

    Thanks for all of your opinions, thus far!

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    I thought the cuts didn't have to do with the violent images or blood, but more concerned Mickey Rourke's thrusting movements and Lisa Bonet's leg placement.
     
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    According to IMDB.com
     
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    Actually the biggest surprise of Angel Heart isn't
    Harry Angel's true identity.
    That's certainly hinted at, but not given away, in my opinion, during the course of the film.
    What surprised me more was the revelation that Harry himself had committed all these murders during the course of the current invesigation.
    It's the masterful montage at the end that clues us in on the revelations that, for me, makes the movie. It's otherwise only a mildly good movie. (Also I've never liked Mickey Rourke.)
     
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    Just wanted to throw my vote in. I love this movie. I haven't seen it in a few years, so I'll skip the specifics but I recall Alan Parker painting a gorgeous (and dark) portrait. Rourke's at his best, De Niro is creepy as hell, and Bonet is beautiful as well as underrated as an actress.
    Damn, now you guys have me itching to buy this DVD. Stop it! [​IMG]
     

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