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Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.
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Complete series cast summary:
 Roy Cohn (5 episodes, 2003)
 Harper Pitt (5 episodes, 2003)
 Belize / ... (5 episodes, 2003)
 Prior Walter / ... (5 episodes, 2003)
 Louis Ironson (5 episodes, 2003)
 Joe Pitt (5 episodes, 2003)
 Roy's Doctor (5 episodes, 2003)
 Ethel Rosenberg / ... (5 episodes, 2003)
 Nurse Emily / ... (5 episodes, 2003)
 Martin Heller (4 episodes, 2003)
 Mormon Mother (4 episodes, 2003)
Melissa Wilder ...
 Louis's Sister (4 episodes, 2003)
 Super (4 episodes, 2003)
Fatima Da Silva ...
 Cousin Doris (4 episodes, 2003)
Kevin 'Flotilla DeBarge' Joseph ...
 Singer in Church (4 episodes, 2003)
Sterling Brown ...
 Orderly (4 episodes, 2003)
Florence Kastriner ...
 Louis' Mother (4 episodes, 2003)
Lisa LeGuillou ...
 Nurse (4 episodes, 2003)
 Louis' Father (4 episodes, 2003)
Shawn Bartels ...
 Mennonite Choir Members (4 episodes, 2003)
Brian Dougherty ...
 Mennonite Choir Members (4 episodes, 2003)
Mary Esbjornson ...
 Mennonite Choir Members (4 episodes, 2003)
Barbara Fusco ...
 Mennonite Choir Members (4 episodes, 2003)
Serafina Martino ...
 Mennonite Choir Members (4 episodes, 2003)
Steven Edward Moore ...
 Mennonite Choir Members (4 episodes, 2003)
Christopher Schuman ...
 Mennonite Choir Members (4 episodes, 2003)
Reldalee Wagner ...
 Mennonite Choir Members (4 episodes, 2003)
Matthew Yohn ...
 Mennonite Choir Members (4 episodes, 2003)


God has abandoned Heaven. It's 1985: the Reagans are in the White House and Death swings the scythe of AIDS. In Manhattan, Prior Walter tells Lou, his lover of four years, he's ill; Lou bolts. As disease and loneliness ravage Prior, guilt invades Lou. Joe Pitt, an attorney who is Mormon and Republican, is pushed by right-wing fixer Roy Cohn toward a job at the Justice Department. Both Pitt and Cohn are in the closet: Pitt out of shame and religious turmoil, Cohn to preserve his power and access. Pitt's wife Harper is strung out on Valium, aching to escape a sexless marriage. An angel invites Prior to be a prophet in death. Pitt's mother and Belize, a close friend, help Prior choose. Written by <>

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Release Date:

7 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ameerika inglid  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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(6 parts)

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Did You Know?


During the funeral speech at the start of the movie, the rabbi is reading the names of the children and grandchildren of the deceased woman, and he stops on the name "Eric," asking "Eric? This is a Jewish name?" The playwright of "Angels in America," Tony Kushner, has a real-life younger brother named "Eric"; the Kushners are a Jewish family. See more »


When Louis takes Joe to his Alphabet City (tenement) apartment, he opens his door which is in a long line of doors down the hallway. Once inside, he suddenly has two large windows, front and back, where there shouldn't be windows because there are more apartments on either side of his. See more »


Prior Walter: I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
Hannah Pitt: Well that's a stupid thing to do.
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Person Generally in Charge of Everything Aaron Geller See more »


Edited from Godzilla (1998) See more »


Shall We Gather At The River?
(hymn written in 1864)
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lowry (1826-1899)
Performed by Meryl Streep and choir
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Just brilliant.
13 April 2005 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

Simply the best piece of American Cinema/Television I have ever seen!! Superb acting by the entire cast, fantastic and clever script, magnificently filmed, a pure joy from start to finish.

I am amazed how well such an excellent stage presentation has translated to film. This will become a classic. All of the awards that it has received are fully deserved.

It has captured the essence of what being gay was in the 80's with all its fears, problems and excitements. But it is more than just a gay document, it speaks of life generally in the 80's, of everyones fears and hopes in such an affluent time. The depiction so real (even in the surreal sequences) so insightful of that period.

Totally remarkable.

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