In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
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
The painting displayed during Joe and Harper's living room talk about his childhood dreams is entitled "Jacob Wrestling with the Angel" and was painted in 1865 by Alexander-Louis Leloir. See more »
The Doritos bag Harper has in the Mormon Visitors Center didn't exist in 1985. See more »
[Ethel Rosenberg walks into the room]
Aw, fuck. Ethel.
You don't look so good, Roy.
Well, Ethel. I don't feel so good.
But you lost a lot of weight. That suits you. You were heavy back then. Zaftig, mit hips.
I haven't been that heavy since 1960. We were all heavier back then, before the body thing started. Now I look like a skeleton they stare at.
The shit's really hit the fan, huh, Roy? The fun's just started.
What is this Ethel, Halloween? You trying to scare me? Well you're wasting your time...
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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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