Director Alan Parker
Starring Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro
Total Lifetime Grosses
Release Date: March 6, 1987
This is an incredibly lush film. The whole thing is given a very post war depression feel by using some incredible set design and location choices. It also has some shocking images that keep the audience on the edge of their seats until the films climax. It portrays the late forties as the damned would see it. Everybody is seedy and no one escapes the New Orleans sweat. The image of the heat is portrayed quite effectively in the film mirroring the Dante’s Inferno like quest of the main character. The hissing steam rising from the streets, from the sweat covered clothing and the reoccurring use of the image of the fan.
The film hides is secret somewhat effectively until the final five minutes. It twists and turns like a turbulent snake looking for something to sink it’s jaws into. Casting Robert de Niro as the Devil is inspired. Although we see little of him in the film. The music feeds the atmosphere with its slow jazz and industrial noises interwoven with the constant and unnerving pumping of a heartbeat that suggest more than the film actually needs to deliver. This use in sound is executed immaculately and professionally. It doesn’t get much better.