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Angel Heart

Year: 1987
Director: Alan Parker
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling
One of the best films of all time dealing with Satan and religious evil. Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke in his heyday) is a PI in the 1950s put on the trail of a case by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro, in one of the dumbest clues ever) who retains him to find a guy named Johnny Favourite.

Things turn nasty when the people he contacts about the case start dying suddenly and graphically. The twist that emerges raises the bar even above the emerging truth - that Cypher is the human incantation of Satan, and that Angel is a man dispossessed of his soul who has promised it to Hell.

Some very nice touches by The Commitments and Life of David Gale Parker. As Satan, De Niro is understated and calm, the quintessential gentleman in a suit. He sits calmly in a church and reprimands Angel for swearing and goes about his diabolical business with all the religious fervour of a man selling insurance - until the last victorious line spat at Angle "Your soul belongs to me".

Great attention to the detail of the period and a very hot sex scene with Lisa Bonet, at the time a huge star.

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