The 10 seconds of ''Angel Heart'' that audiences couldn't see in theaters last spring will be available in their homes in September. The 14 feet of film of lovemaking between Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet that Alan Parker was forced to cut in order to get an R rating has been added for the video-cassette version. Parker, who directed and wrote the screenplay for ''Angel Heart,'' an occult detective story that stars Robert De Niro as the Devil and Mickey Rourke as the sleazy investigator who is trapped in his web. The ratings board of the Motion Picture Association of America said the combination of sex and violence - both actors were drenched with blood - made the scene too strong for children. But Mr. Parker is still not resigned to having cut 10 seconds from the scene in order to avoid an X rating, which would have prohibited anyone under 17 from watching the movie.
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Never before has a film captivated me as much as Angel Heart. At an early age I started a polygamous relationship with it, marrying three of my favorite things: Mickey Rourke, the Occult and Chicken. My relationship with the latter is really quite simple, each Sunday a chicken is roasted, covered in gravy and consumed with gusto. The former, not so straight forward. I cannot slather Rourke in gravy and lick him all over although heaven knows I have fantasied about it. Nor can I satiate my shadowy curiosity by throwing myself to the dark arts, engage in sex magick and banter with Beelzebub.
Angel Heart is a American neo-noir psychological horror film and an adaptation of William Hjortsberg 's novel Falling Angel. Angel's investigation takes him to New Orleans , where he becomes embroiled in a series of brutal murders. Following publication of the novel, Hjortsberg began developing a screenplay for a film adaptation, but found that no film studio was willing to produce his script. The project resurfaced in , when producer Elliott Kastner brought the book to Parker's attention. Parker began work on a new script, and in doing so, made several changes from Hjortsberg's novel. Principal photography commenced in March and concluded in June of that year; filming took place on location in New York and New Orleans.