Angel Heart

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Angel Heart ★★½ 1987 (R)

Exotic, controversial look at murder, voodoo cults, and sex in 1955 New Orleans. Bonet defiantly sheds her image as a young innocent (no more Cosby Show for you, young lady). Rourke is slimy as marginal NYC private eye Angel, hired by the devilish De Niro to track a missing big band singer who violated a “contract.” His investigation leads him to the bizarre world of the occult in New Orleans, where the blood drips to a different beat. Visually stimulating, with a provocative sex scene between Bonet and Rourke, captured in both R-rated and unrated versions. Adapted by Parker from “Falling Angel” by William Hjortsberg. 112m/C VHS, DVD . Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Higgins, Charles Gordone, Kathleen Wilhoite, Stocker Fountelieu, Brownie McGhee, Elizabeth Whitcraft, Eliott Keener, Dann Florek; D: Alan Parker; W: Alan Parker; C: Michael Seresin; M: Trevor Jones.