It's a favorite of mine, the only film where Mickey Rourke seemed right for the role, and wonderfully atmospheric and visually stylish. The scenes of New Orleans in torrential rain are great; you can almost smell the rain hitting the pavement.
Mickey was brilliant in it, as were Robert and Lisa. This scene always freaked me out.
Hot sex scene - IIRC Mickey circled Lisa's hard nips with his tongue and there were nice shots of his ass thrusting and releasing.
Pacino and De Niro have both played Satan on film. Have Meryl and Dustin Hoffman ever played that role? (I suppose Meryl was the "Devil" in the The Devil Wears Prada.)
Yes, R4, and then the blood rained down on them.
Lisa was gorgeous in that movie.
This is one of my all-time favorite horror movies.
Mickey Rourke looked fantastic, too.
A truly typical Hollywood movie: loaded with racist tropes, jail bait, incest and Satanism.
It's memorable only for its wasted art direction and Bonet's role, a kinky blowback attack on Cosby's (fake) family image.
The book was much better, a good pulpy read.
In the book, Epiphany Proudfoot was the proprieter of a profitable herb shop, inherited from her mother. She wore clothes, not see-through rags. She was intelligent; in fact, she was taking college classes! She didn't have an illegitimate devil-baby. She was a confident, self-assured young woman who happened to be a voodoo mambo. She falls in love with Harry Angel, not just fucks him.
Read the book, it's surprisingly good.
Mickey was hot in this. Kind of a dirty ugly hot. This movie got under my skin. Always found voodoo creepy anyway.
Way back in 1987, the director did a phone interview on CBC here in Canada on Ralph Benmergui's national evening radio talk show. He complained bitterly that the MPAA was most upset with a few seconds of closeups of, as he put it, "Mickey Rourke's thrusting buttocks". I'm sure all of this, as well as the "Rolling Stone" then-dating nose ring/nude cover of Rourke's co-star Lisa Bonet, hastened her departure from "A Different World".
I absolutely loved this movie. As a teenager.
But it's still a pretty kinky ride - beautifully atmospheric and drenched in great music.
Rourke was at his hottest.
It only proved that Lisa Bonet couldn't really act. Playing a Southern Creole of color like a Valley Girl. Simply awful.
"Playing a Southern Creole of color like a Valley Girl."
What are you talking about? I'm not saying she was great in this - in fact I thought she was really flat. But she totally doesn't come off like a Valley Girl at all.
"If I could just hold your charms / Again in my arms . . ."
It's one of those interesting the first time you watch it movies, that end up being boring on subsequent viewings. Since I definitely enjoyed watching it the first time though, I'd recommend seeing it at least once.
Lisa did an interview saying that she told Cosby that there was nudity in the role, and she said he told her to go for it. I remember, at the time, it was all in the tabloids how he supposedly saw the film and said she's "Getting too big for her britches."
I thought the twist....Spoiler Alert
That Deniro was Louis Cypher was borderline retarded.
Yes Cosby publicly whined about her doing the movie. Since it seemed to upset him so much, I doubt he did ever say "go for it." But it doesn't matter because he had no business controlling what movies she did anyway. And it wasn't a bad movie. One of the reasons I wanted to see it is that I thought Cosby had been obnoxious acting like he had any right to control her movie career. Plus I hated his cutesy show.
She was definitely the rebel Cosby kid. A racy film role, posing nude on the cover of Rolling Stone, getting pregnant, the nosering...
So is the book it's based on(Fallen Angel) worth reading? A lot of rave reviews for it on amazon.com.
Why has nobody mentioned how hot Robert De Niro was as the devil? The screen's sexiest devil. He exudes confidence. I wanted him to finger Mickey Rourke with his long nails.
I enjoyed the book and the movie, R25. The book is a bit different in that I believe they stay in NYC and the New York area the whole time. I remember a disturbing scene in a theater (abandoned?) in Manhattan.
I enjoyed the NYC feel of the book even though I saw the movie first and thought it was really great Louisiana story. But both of them work quite well. Worth a read, in my opinion.
Yeah, Bobby D. was pretty sexy in this with the long hair and suave presence.
the point of this movie is someoneone sold their sole and tried to avoid being taken but couldn't remember after the war. I realize that today's young people don't consider the movie scary but if you take the time to really just listen and watch it really can mess with someone's mind. Great movie foe back in my day. I also suggest tha everyone read the book!