Angels in America (2003)

TV Mini-Series  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Fantasy
8.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 20,578 users  
Reviews: 255 user | 27 critic

Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 21 May 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 29 May 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 01 Nov 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 12 Feb 2014
 
a list of 30 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Angels in America (2003– )

Angels in America (2003– ) on IMDb 8.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Angels in America.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2003  
Won 5 Golden Globes. Another 36 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

You Don't Know Jack (TV Movie 2010)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro, John Goodman
Wit (TV Movie 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins
People I Know (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A New York press agent must scramble when his major client becomes embroiled in a huge scandal.

Director: Daniel Algrant
Stars: Al Pacino, Téa Leoni, Ryan O'Neal
Angels in America (TV Movie 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: François Roussillon
Stars: Daniel Belcher, Topi Lehtipuu, Barbara Hendricks
Edit

Cast

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)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The messenger has arrived.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

| | | |

Release Date:

7 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ameerika inglid  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 parts)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The play's original subtitle ("A Gay Fantasia on National Themes") is based on the rarely used subtitle for George Bernard Shaw's play "Heartbreak House," which is "A Fantasia in the Russian Manner on English Themes." See more »

Goofs

View of Jacob Javits Plaza (Federal Plaza) is shown. However, the park design that used the curved benches wasn't installed until 1992 when the film takes place in 1985 See more »

Quotes

Prior Walter: But still. Still bless me anyway. I want more life. I can't help myself. I do. I've lived through such terrible times and there are people who live through much worse. But you see them living anyway. When they're more spirit than body, more sores than skin, when they're burned and in agony, when flies lay eggs in the corners of the eyes of their children - they live. Death usually has to take life away. I don't know if that's just the animal. I don't know if it's not braver to die, but I ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

Person Generally in Charge of Everything Aaron Geller See more »

Connections

Featured in The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Shall We Gather At The River?
(hymn written in 1864)
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lowry (1826-1899)
Performed by Meryl Streep and choir
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Maddening and fascinating
21 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There was a statement that was going through my head while watching "Angels in America": I know what art is when I see it. Just like art, this ambitious miniseries dares the viewer to have an opinion on the various subjects brought up by screenwriter/playwright Tony Kuchner.

I saw the miniseries one chapter at a time, which may or may not have been a good idea to get the full impact of the point. At least it did motivate me to read both of Kuchner's "Angels" plays.

I found it to be both a frustrating and challenging miniseries. There were the great performances by Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Justin Kirk, and Jeffrey Wright and the good performances by Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker, Patrick Wright and, in a small role, James Cromwell.

I find it rather humorous that some people thought Al Pacino was miscast as Roy Cohn. Though this is Kuchner's fictional view of Cohn and having seen the real Roy Cohn in television interviews, I though Pacino was not too far from the essence of who Cohn was: an ambitious but very bitter gay man in denial who helped his notable clients but was always out for himself. Cohn was rabid dog without a leash. This was Pacino's first television role and I though he did a great job. (Correction: Pacino's only television acting role prior to "Angels in America" and not including the edited version of "The Godfather Saga" was the short-lived but critically-acclaimed ABC drama "N.Y.P.D." (1967-69).

I did have a few problems with the mini-series. The role played by Ben Shenkman (Louis) was incredibly annoying. I heard that role is Tony Kuchner's alter ego. Louis redeems himself at the end but I found him to be a whiny, cowardly man who had difficulty counting his blessings. I loved it when after Louis' typically long diatribes, Belize (Jeffrey Wright) verbally put him down with a just a few words.

In both plays, many of the actors played multiple roles. It seems more of a gimmick on the small screen, though I think Streep and Wright fared best.

The always dependable Thomas Newman has fashioned a haunting musical score. It was minimalistic and very memorable. The theme has been on my mind ever since I first heard the theme when the miniseries won various awards at the Golden Globes. (Update: The miniseries received 21 Emmy nominations and won a record (for miniseries) 11 Emmys. For some mysterious reason, Newman's brilliant score was overlooked.)

I don't see this play adapted for the big screen without chopping a lot of things out. Congratulations to Mike Nichols and the cast and crew for taking a chance adapting "Angels in America" to television.


37 of 48 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Most Beautiful Movie Ever Made moviekid-2
Does anyone else feel bad for Joe Pitt? Gambit8234
your ONE favorite scene littlesheba28
Can somebody explain me why Streep and Thompson are considered leads? momiv
Justin Kirk was robbed bboinnng
Joe not part of happy ending? dan1234567
Discuss Angels in America (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page