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 (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Harper Pitt (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Belize / ... (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Prior Walter / ... (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Louis Ironson (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Joe Pitt (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Roy's Doctor (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Ethel Rosenberg / ... (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Nurse Emily / ... (5 episodes, 2003)
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 Martin Heller (4 episodes, 2003)
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 Mormon Mother (4 episodes, 2003)
Melissa Wilder ...
 Louis's Sister (4 episodes, 2003)
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 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)
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 Louis' Mother (4 episodes, 2003)
Lisa LeGuillou ...
 Nurse (4 episodes, 2003)
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 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)
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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 messenger has arrived.

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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7 December 2003 (USA)  »

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Ameerika inglid  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)
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Two of the three lead actresses in this movie are named "Mary Louise": Mary-Louise Parker and Meryl Streep ("Meryl" is actually a nickname contraction of Streep's given first and middle names, Mary Louise). See more »

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The movie takes place in 1985, yet the funeral in Perestroika shows a drag queen dressed as a Barbra Streisand circa 1993. See more »

Quotes

Prior: [Wrestling the Angel] I will not let thee go except thou bless me! I will not let thee go except thou bless me! I will not let thee go except thou bless me!
The Angel: You have prevailed Prophet. The choice is yours. Now release me; I have torn a muscle in my thigh.
Prior: Big deal. My leg's been hurting for months.
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Person Generally in Charge of Everything Aaron Geller See more »

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References Orpheus (1950) 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
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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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