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Angels in America 

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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:
Melissa Wilder ...
 Louis's Sister 4 episodes, 2003
Fatima Da Silva ...
 Cousin Doris 4 episodes, 2003
Kevin 'Flotilla DeBarge' Joseph ...
 Singer in Church 4 episodes, 2003
Sterling Brown ...
 Louis' Mother 4 episodes, 2003
Lisa LeGuillou ...
 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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opening credit sequence features an "angel's-eye view" of the continental United States; the camera moves though the clouds from the west coast to the east showing prominent landmarks in a number of major U.S. cities. These include: the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California; the Salt Lake (LDS) Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah; the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri; the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) in Chicago, Illinois; and finally the skyline of New York City, ending at the Angel of the Waters sculpture on top of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. See more »


When Hannah is trying to hail a cab for Prior outside the Mormon Visitors' Center, the taxis that drive past them are from the 1980s but the clearly visible cabs in the background are from the 1990s/2000s. See more »


[Ancestor #1 watches Prior and Louis dance]
Prior Walter Ancestor #1: Hah. Now I see why he's got no children. He's a sodomite!
Prior Walter Ancestor #2: Be quiet you medieval gnome. Let them dance.
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Person Generally in Charge of Everything Aaron Geller See more »


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