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Angels in America 

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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Won 5 Golden Globes. Another 57 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Melissa Wilder ...
 Louis's Sister 4 episodes, 2003
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Fatima Da Silva ...
 Cousin Doris 4 episodes, 2003
Kevin 'Flotilla DeBarge' Joseph ...
 Singer in Church 4 episodes, 2003
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 Louis' Mother 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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$60,000,000 (estimated)
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Mary-Louise Parker (Harper Pitt) and Justin Kirk (Prior Walter), who appear in just one scene together in the TV adaptation, went on to co-star as Nancy and Andy Botwin in Showtime's hit series "Weeds," which began filming shortly after production for "Angels" had wrapped. See more »

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Roy Cohn is depicted as passing away in a New York hospital. In real life, Cohn died in Bethesda, Maryland. See more »

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Harper Pitt: I dreamed we were there. The plane leapt the tropopause, the safe air, and attained the outer rim, the ozone, which was ragged and torn, patches of it threadbare as old cheesecloth, and that was frightening. But I saw something that only I could see, because of my astonishing ability to see such things: Souls were rising, from the earth far below, souls of the dead, of people who had perished, from famine, from war, from the plague, and they floated up, like skydivers in reverse, limbs all ...
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Person Generally in Charge of Everything Aaron Geller See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Elementary School Musical (2010) See more »

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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 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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