Angels in America (2003)

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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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 Roy Cohn (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Ethel Rosenberg / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The original Broadway production of the play "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (Part 1: Millennium Approaches)" opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre on May 4, 1993 and was directed by George C. Wolfe. The original Broadway cast was Ron Leibman (Roy Cohn); Joe Mantello (Louis Ironson); Marcia Gay Harden (Harper Pitt/Martin Heller); Kathleen Chalfant (Hannah Pitt/Ethel Rosenberg/others); David Marshall Grant (Joe Pitt/others); Stephen Spinella (Prior Walter/Man in the Park); Jeffrey Wright (Belize/Mr. Lies) and Ellen McLaughlin (The Angel of America/others). See more »

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Martin Heller mentions Democrats having retaken the Senate. In fact, Democrats didn't retake the Senate until 1987, and the movie is supposed to take place in 1985. See more »

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Joe Pitt: My whole life has conspired to bring me to this place, and I can't despise my whole life. I think I believed that when I met you, I could save you. You, at least, if not myself.
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Shall We Gather At The River?
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Music and Lyrics by Robert Lowry (1826-1899)
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shocked
4 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am by far the youngest to submit a comment about "Angels in America" and I must say that all the negative comments are ridiculous. I have never been so moved by a film since I watched "David and Lisa." The acting was superb and the script was beyond beautiful. I can not for the LIFE of me understand why people would be offended by the film. With all the homosexuality aside, the direction, cinematography, and writing has been the best that I have seen to EVER come out of HBO let alone a Miniseries. Why can't any of you who hated the movie so much step back and appreciate it for what it really is, a great piece of art.

"Angels in America" was inspiring, touching, and beautiful and I wish they made it longer!


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