History Film / AngelHeart

26th Aug '17 9:13:10 AM erforce
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Set in the late 1950s, a private detective (Rourke) is hired by a mysterious client (De Niro) who seeks to find a man named Johnny Favorite. This search leads him to New Orleans, deep in the heart of its voodoo district. What starts off as a simple missing person's case soon escalates into multiple murders and the supernatural.

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Set in the [[TheFifties late 1950s, 1950s]], a private detective (Rourke) is hired by a mysterious client (De Niro) who seeks to find a man named Johnny Favorite. This search leads him to New Orleans, deep in the heart of its voodoo district. What starts off as a simple missing person's case soon escalates into multiple murders and the supernatural.






* TheFifties.

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%%* TheFifties
* TheFifties.FilmNoir: One of the few examples of noir crossing over with horror.



* GrandTheftMe / YourSoulIsMine: [[spoiler: Turns out that Johnny Favorite did this rather gruesomely to the completely innocent Harry Angel to try and get out of his DealWithTheDevil.]]

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* GrandTheftMe / YourSoulIsMine: GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler: Turns out that Johnny Favorite did this rather gruesomely to the completely innocent Harry Angel to try and get out of his DealWithTheDevil.]]



* LouisCypher: [[spoiler:Satan's appearance is under the pseudonym Louis Cyphre]] The TropeNamer.
** {{Lampshaded}} by Harry.

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* LouisCypher: [[spoiler:Satan's appearance is under the pseudonym Louis Cyphre]] Cyphre,]] The TropeNamer.
** {{Lampshaded}} by Harry.



* [[FilmNoir Neo Noir]]: One of the few examples of noir crossing over with horror.



* ObviouslyEvil / CardCarryingVillain: Even when you can't tell who Louis is, the man is delighting in his own evilness.
* OccultLawFirm: Winesap and [=MacIntosh=]. Pun - [[spoiler:Both names are types of ''apples'', alluding to the biblical story of the devil manipulating Eve to eat the forbidden apples.]]

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* ObviouslyEvil / CardCarryingVillain: ObviouslyEvil: Even when you can't tell who Louis is, the man is delighting in his own evilness.
* OccultLawFirm: Winesap and [=MacIntosh=]. Pun - [[spoiler:Both names are types of ''apples'', alluding to the biblical story of the devil manipulating Eve to eat the forbidden apples.]] ]]



* VillainProtagonist: [[spoiler: Since Harry is Johnny, he turns out to be this. He was an occultist who cut out a young man's heart to escape his DealWithTheDevil. When he finally takes the elevator ride down to Hell he seems to fully accept his punishment.]]
* VisualPun: In one scene, Cyphre is eating an egg, and salts it. He spills some salt carelessly; Harry, without thinking, [[GeniusBonus picks some up and throws it over his shoulder.]]



* VillainProtagonist: [[spoiler: Since Harry is Johnny, he turns out to be this. He was an occultist who cut out a young man's heart to escape his DealWithTheDevil. When he finally takes the elevator ride down to Hell he seems to fully accept his punishment.]]
* VisualPun: In one scene, Cyphre is eating an egg, and salts it. He spills some salt carelessly; Harry, without thinking, [[GeniusBonus picks some up and throws it over his shoulder.]]

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* VillainProtagonist: [[spoiler: Since Harry is Johnny, he turns out to be this. He was an occultist who cut out a young man's heart to escape his DealWithTheDevil. When he finally takes the elevator ride down to Hell he seems to fully accept his punishment.]]
* VisualPun: In one scene, Cyphre is eating an egg, and salts it. He spills some salt carelessly; Harry, without thinking, [[GeniusBonus picks some up and throws it over his shoulder.]]
25th Jun '17 12:47:08 AM WoundedWolfgirl
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* {{Leitmotif}}: The tune to "I Cried For You" keeps haunting Harry - it's the only notes he knows how to play on a piano. Even Epiphany sings it in the bathtub at one point. [[spoiler: That's because it was Johnny Favorite's most popular song. It makes sense Epiphany's mother would sing it to her.]]

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* {{Leitmotif}}: The tune to "I Cried For You" "Girl of My Dreams" keeps haunting Harry - it's the only notes he knows how to play on a piano. Even Epiphany sings it in the bathtub at one point. [[spoiler: That's because it was Johnny Favorite's most popular song. It makes sense Epiphany's mother would sing it to her.]]
23rd Jan '17 4:57:04 PM Xtifr
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* TheVillainMakesThePlot: As per usual for this sort of plot (and indeed most plots,) the story is set into motion by the villain. The only noteworthy thing about this is [[spoiler: the [[VillainProtagonist villain is actually the protagonist]], and he set the plot in motion more than 12 years before the film starts]].
7th Dec '16 4:14:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* DoubleMeaningTitle: The title refers to [[spoiler:the beating heart belonging to the original Harold Angel that Johnny Favourite stole]], but the meaning is also more literal in that the movie deals with a actual angel--just [[{{Satan}} not a very good one]].

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* DoubleMeaningTitle: The title refers to [[spoiler:the beating heart belonging to the original Harold Angel that Johnny Favourite stole]], but the meaning is also more literal in that the movie deals with a an actual angel--just [[{{Satan}} not a very good one]].
7th Dec '16 4:13:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* DoubleMeaningTitle: The title refers to [[spoiler:the beating heart belonging to the original Harold Angel that Johnny Favourite stole]], but the meaning is also more literal in that the movie deals with a actual angel--just [[{{Satan}} not a very good one]].
6th Nov '16 3:06:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedEyesTakeWarning: Played with at the end when [[spoiler:Cypher/Satan is telling the truth to Harry/Johnny, for a brief shot, his eyes change to yellow, at the point when he says that Harry/Johnny's soul belongs to him.]]


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* SupernaturalGoldEyes: At the end when [[spoiler:Cypher/]]Satan is telling the truth to [[spoiler:Harry/]]Johnny, for a brief shot, his eyes change to yellow, at the point when he says that his soul belongs to him. A scene later, a baby is also seen with the same yellow eyes.
1st Nov '16 10:39:11 AM AnotherGuy
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** [=DeNiro=] is obviously having a ''wonderful'' time with the role. At any moment you expect him to giggle. Note that he manages to ham it up without speaking all that loudly; he remains quite soft-spoken and calm throughout the film, but his enjoyment is just streaming from his body language.

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** [=DeNiro=] is obviously having a ''wonderful'' time with the role. At any moment you expect him to giggle. Note that he manages to ham it up without speaking all that loudly; he remains quite soft-spoken and calm throughout the film, but his enjoyment is just streaming from his body language. A prime example is when Harry talks about Toots' messy GroinAttack in blunt terms. Louis chastises him for using such language in a church, but he's obviously enjoying the sacrilege.
1st Nov '16 10:37:17 AM AnotherGuy
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--->'''Ethan:''' ''(reverently)'' The "hand of glory." It was supposed to be able to open any lock. It was the right hand of a convicted murderer, cut off while his neck was still in the noose. It's supposed to open any lock... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Or so Margaret believed.]]

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--->'''Ethan:''' ''(reverently)'' The "hand of glory."HandOfGlory." It was supposed to be able to open any lock. It was the right hand of a convicted murderer, cut off while his neck was still in the noose. It's supposed to open any lock... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Or so Margaret believed.]]
1st Nov '16 10:32:57 AM AnotherGuy
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* ColdHam: [=DeNiro=] is obviously having a ''wonderful'' time with the role. At any moment you expect him to giggle. Note that he manages to ham it up without speaking all that loudly; he remains quite soft-spoken and calm throughout the film, but his enjoyment is just streaming from his body language.

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* ColdHam: ColdHam:
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[=DeNiro=] is obviously having a ''wonderful'' time with the role. At any moment you expect him to giggle. Note that he manages to ham it up without speaking all that loudly; he remains quite soft-spoken and calm throughout the film, but his enjoyment is just streaming from his body language.language.
** Many other characters enjoy this, such as Dann Florek (Herman Winesap) and Stocker Fontelieu (Ethan Krusmark):
--->'''Harry:''' I found a mummified hand in her room.
--->'''Ethan:''' ''(reverently)'' The "hand of glory." It was supposed to be able to open any lock. It was the right hand of a convicted murderer, cut off while his neck was still in the noose. It's supposed to open any lock... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Or so Margaret believed.]]


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* LargeHam: Gerald Orange (Paster John).
-->"Somebody's been talkin' about me, about I've been riding around in a Cadillac! If you love me, and you wanna give to me, then I should be in a ''Rolls Royce''!"
1st Nov '16 10:19:58 AM AnotherGuy
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* {{Leitmotif}}: The tune to "I Cried For You" keeps haunting Harry. Even Epiphany sings it in the bathtub at one point. [[spoiler: That's because it was Johnny Favorite's most popular song. It makes sense Epiphany's mother would sing it to her.]]

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* {{Leitmotif}}: The tune to "I Cried For You" keeps haunting Harry.Harry - it's the only notes he knows how to play on a piano. Even Epiphany sings it in the bathtub at one point. [[spoiler: That's because it was Johnny Favorite's most popular song. It makes sense Epiphany's mother would sing it to her.]]
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