There are 5 seconds
missing in total - 1 cut
Runtime of the cut version
w/o credits: 1:45:13 (PAL)
Runtime of the uncut version
w/o credits: 1:45:01 (PAL)
Runtime designations relate to the uncut version.
In 1950's New York, it is burnt-out private detective Harry Angel's daily business to track down missing persons. Twelve years ago, any trace of singer Johnny Favorite is lost in the confusion of the war. The first witnesses he wants to give a going-over he finds with a bullet in their heads. He is also too late to find Favorite's former lover, a both attractive and mysterious fortuneteller. Angel is being suspected for murder and desperately tries to get rid of the job. His client Louis Cyphre cynically raises his professional fee, though. The traces to Johnny Favorita are getting bloodier and bloodier - the routine case becomes a horror trip...
The 80s were a real decade of success for actor Mickey Rourke, in which he became Hollywood's new superstar with films like Rumble Fish
(1983), Year of the Dragon
(1985) and Nine 1/2 Weeks
(1986). Additionally, Rourke was in high regards of the critics and titled an exceptional talent, his silver screen presence even compared to the ones of James Dean, Marlon Brando and Humphrey Bogart. The occult-thriller Angel Heart
of the year 1987 is possibly the best film of his carreer. With the help of its fantastic atmosphere, the clever story and of course the excellent actors Rourke and De Nire, this classic manages to draw the audience completely in. A fascinating-clawly horror trip with an extremely bitter ending!
According to BBFC-principles, real violence against animals has to be removed, independently of the rating, the UK-VHS misses the complete cockfight including the short shot of the boy watching with a total runtime of exactly five seconds. The British Blu-ray disc of the year 2009 contains the same version.
The cut British VHS by Guild Home Video (BBFC 18)
has been compared to the uncut DVD by Kinowelt (FSK 16)
The BBFC 18-VHS shows the Carolco-logo.
After Harry Angel went through the roaring crowd, the part in which two fighting cocks attack each other in close-up view. For continuity purposes, the equally short view of the watching boy was removed.
Film tears were not considered in this report.