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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Complete series cast summary:
 Roy Cohn (2 episodes, 2003)
 Ethel Rosenberg / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
 Nurse Emily / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
 Harper Pitt (2 episodes, 2003)
 Belize / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
 Prior Walter / ... (2 episodes, 2003)
 Louis Ironson (2 episodes, 2003)
 Joe Pitt (2 episodes, 2003)
 Roy's Doctor (2 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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The messenger has arrived.


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Release Date:

7 December 2003 (USA)  »

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Ameerika inglid  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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(6 parts)

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The first episode drew 4.2 million viewers, making it the most-watched cable show of the year. See more »


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Prior: I had a wet dream.
Belize: Mmm. The Calvin Klein man?
Prior: No, it was a woman.
Belize: Are you turnin' straight on me?
Prior: An... unconventional woman!
Belize: Grace Jones?
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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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An American Tragedy
9 December 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Sometimes, as in the case of this mini-series, all the right elements come together to produce one of the best achievements in American television.

We can be thankful to Tony Kushner for the magnificent play in which this is based. We can give thanks to Mike Nichols for his vision on the possibilities of the material and for assembling and directing the best talent of this generation.

This is such a compelling drama that it would be very hard to get it from one's mind any time soon. The tragedy of AIDS is seen through the playwright eyes. Mr. Kushner presents us different stories that have the same thing in common, basically. He never passes judgment about what caused these people to be afflicted by the disease.

Kudos to an enormous talented cast as they get lost in their roles and in the story. Everything seems real, even though it is fiction.

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