Johnny Favourite is probably a name version for John The Apostle, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ. John The Apostle wrote the Fourth Gospel, and is also the one who stood with Mary under Jesus’s cross during the crucifixion. Hence ‘The Church Fathers consider him the same person as John the Evangelist, John of Patmos, and the BELOVED DISCIPLE’1 or the ‘Favourite’.

Since Angel Heart is a story involving religion and the battle of Good vs Bad, Johnny Favourite may have been used as a Biblical name to add effect on the storyboard.

However there is a big difference between the Biblical Johnny Favourite/John The Apostle and the film’s Johnny Favourite, as the latter is certainly one who did not associate generally with religion and specifically with Christianity, but more so to black magic and satanic deals to reach stardom.

Novel vs. film

Angel Heart is generally faithful to the novel from which it was adapted, with the following major exceptions: the introduction of Epiphany Proudfoot’s child which she claims was conceived during a voodoo ceremony, and much of the film occurs in New Orleans while the novel is set entirely within New York City.

The film Angel Heart was ahead of its time in 1987, and IMO this can’t be emphasized enough. There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s been an influence on many a filmmaker and screenwriter. Among films of this type it’s easier to follow than, say, “Memento,” but more befuddled and confusing than “The Sixth Sense.”

You may or may not guess the ending, but if you’re the type who’s bothered by confusing movies — simply read all the spoilers or the whole screenplay, THEN see the film!

Angel Heart info

Angel Heart
Angel Heart
Directed byAlan Parker
Produced byAlan Marshall
Elliott Kastner
Screenplay byAlan Parker
Story byWilliam Hjortsberg (Novel)
Starring
Music byTrevor Jones
Courtney Pine
CinematographyMichael Seresin
Edited byGerry Hambling
Production
company
Carolco International N.V.
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release dates
March 6, 1987
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States
Canada
United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
French
Budget$17 million
Box office$17,185,632 (US only)

Angel Heart gallery

Angel Heart
Angel Heart

Over the end credits, there is a lengthy sequence of Angel inside an iron Otis elevator cage, which is interminably descending, presumably to hell. (Short clips of this sequence have been seen in Angel’s dream sequences throughout the film.) As the screen fades to black, Cyphre can be heard whispering, “Harry” and “Johnny,” announcing his dominion over both their (shared) souls.

Scene during credits shows Mickey Rourke’s character descending to ‘Hell’ inside of an elevator.



Angel Heart

Angel Heart


Budget

Estimated

$ 17.000.000

Props

Director: Alan Parker

  • Runtime 113 min
  • Length 3.115 m
  • Format 35 mm
  • Sound Dolby

Gross

USA

$ 17.000.000


Mickey Rourke

Philip Andre Rourke Jr. known professionally as Mickey Rourke, is an actor, screenwriter, and retired boxer, who has appeared primarily as a leading man in drama, action, and thriller films.

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