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.
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!
|Directed by||Alan Parker|
|Produced by||Alan Marshall|
|Screenplay by||Alan Parker|
|Story by||William Hjortsberg (Novel)|
|Music by||Trevor Jones|
|Edited by||Gerry Hambling|
Carolco International N.V.
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
|March 6, 1987|
|Box office||$17,185,632 (US only)|
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.