7.9/10
27,236
61 user 43 critic

The Normal Heart (2014)

Trailer
1:30 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (play)
Reviews
Popularity
1,102 ( 36)
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Freier Fall (2013)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A soon-to-be-father policeman falls for a gay fellow officer and his life starts falling apart.

Director: Stephan Lacant
Stars: Hanno Koffler, Max Riemelt, Attila Borlan
Weekend II (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

Director: Andrew Haigh
Stars: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race
Shelter II (2007)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.

Director: Jonah Markowitz
Stars: Trevor Wright, Brad Rowe, Tina Holmes
Looking (2014–2015)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The experiences of three close friends living and loving in modern-day San Francisco.

Stars: Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett
Prayers for Bobby (TV Movie 2009)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Ryan Kelley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Nick
...
Nino
...
...
...
Morton
...
Sanford
Jill Melanie Wirth ...
Receptionist
...
Buzzy
...
...
...
Bella
...
John
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

To win a war, you have to start one.


Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Igaz szívvel  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(archive material)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Dr Emma mentions to Ned- "Polio was a virus,too. Nobody gets polio anymore". While, AIDS was acknowledged as Cancer related to Gay. As a matter of fact, GRID (Later renamed AIDS) is caused by retrovirus HIV in 1986. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Niles: You don't look THAT Jewish.
Ned Weeks: And you don't look gay, so I guess we can both pass for white people.
See more »


Soundtracks

Chances Are
Written by Robert Allen, Al Stillman
Performed by Johnny Mathis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


65 of 81 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?