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The Normal Heart (2014)

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A gay activist attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s.

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The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. Written by Home Box Office

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The original off-Broadway production of "The Normal Heart" opened in April 1985 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater/LuEsther Hall. The cast included: Phillip Richard Allen (Ben Weeks); David Allen Brooks (Bruce Niles); Brad Davis (Ned Weeks); William DeAcutis (Tommy Boatwright); Robert Dorfman (Mickey Marcus; Lawrence Lott (David/Hiram Keebler/Examining Doctor/Orderly); D. W. Moffett (Felix Turner); Michael Santoro (Craig Donner/Grady/Orderly); and Concetta Tomei (Dr. Emma Brookner). The director was Michael Lindsay-Hogg. See more »

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In the house at Fire Island a Baseball game is seen on the TV which Bruce mentions. In the summer of 1981 however there was a long MLB strike from June 12th through August 9th, 1981 during which time that scene presumably is set and no games were played. See more »

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Dr. Emma Brookner: I am taking care of more victims of this disease than anyone in the world. We have more frozen blood samples, more data of every kind, and much more experience.
Examining Doctor: Dr. Brookner, the Government's position is this: there are five million dollars in the pipeline, for which we have received over fifty-five million dollars worth of requests.
Dr. Emma Brookner: Five million doesn't seem quite right for some two thousand cases. The Government spent three million investigating seven deaths from Tylenol. We're entering the ...
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Written by Adrian Belew, Chris Frantz (as Christopher Frantz), Steven Stanley (as Steven J.C. Stanley), Tina Weymouth
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By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Depressing but essential viewing
26 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Movie that details when AIDS hit in 1981...and the government did nothing to stop it (because it was killing just gay men). It has writer Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) fighting a battle to get the news out and attacking the NYC government for doing nothing to stop it. He also falls in love with Felix Turner (Matt Bomer) a newspaper reporter. It follows him and his friends up to 1984 when the epidemic becomes too big to ignore.

I came out in 1981 and this movie captures EXACTLY what it was like. The anger, fear, hysteria and homophobia surrounding AIDS made life a living hell for gay men. This movie made me cry more than once because it bought back all the memories of friends dying...and no one seemed to care. Ruffalo is GREAT in the lead role. More than once he explodes and perfectly captures the anger and frustration gay men were feeling back then. Basically mostly the entire cast was great. Bomer was good as Felix, Julia Roberts was GREAT as a doctor who is handicapped and very frank and Taylor Kitsch was good as Bruce Niles. The only bad performance was by Jim Parsons. He tries a dramatic role and was terrible. Very wooden. Also the movie is a too long and the ending overly dramatic. Still this is essential viewing....especially for gay teens who have no idea what we went through. VERY depressing but it must be seen.


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