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Angels in America 

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Playwright Tony Kushner adapted his political epic about the A.I.D.S. crisis during the mid 1980s and centers the story around a group of separate but connected individuals.
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2003  
Won 5 Golden Globes. Another 60 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Al Pacino ...  Roy Cohn 6 episodes, 2003
Mary-Louise Parker ...  Harper Pitt 6 episodes, 2003
Justin Kirk ...  Prior Walter / ... 6 episodes, 2003
Jeffrey Wright ...  Mr. Lies / ... 6 episodes, 2003
Ben Shenkman ...  Louis Ironson 6 episodes, 2003
Patrick Wilson ...  Joe Pitt 6 episodes, 2003
Meryl Streep ...  Hannah Pitt / ... 6 episodes, 2003
Brian Markinson ...  Martin Heller 5 episodes, 2003
Emma Thompson ...  Nurse Emily / ... 5 episodes, 2003
James Cromwell ...  Roy's Doctor 4 episodes, 2003
Melissa Wilder Melissa Wilder ...  Louis's Sister 4 episodes, 2003
Fatima Da Silva Fatima Da Silva ...  Cousin Doris 4 episodes, 2003
Florence Kastriner Florence Kastriner ...  Louis' Mother 4 episodes, 2003
Howard Pinhasik ...  Louis' Father 4 episodes, 2003
Robin Weigert ...  Mormon Mother 3 episodes, 2003
David Zayas ...  Super 3 episodes, 2003
Flotilla Debarge Flotilla Debarge ...  Singer in Church 3 episodes, 2003
Sterling Brown Sterling Brown ...  Orderly 3 episodes, 2003
Lisa LeGuillou Lisa LeGuillou ...  Nurse 3 episodes, 2003
Shawn Bartels Shawn Bartels ...  Mennonite Choir Members 3 episodes, 2003
Brian Dougherty Brian Dougherty ...  Mennonite Choir Members 3 episodes, 2003
Mary Esbjornson Mary Esbjornson ...  Mennonite Choir Members 3 episodes, 2003
Barbara Fusco Barbara Fusco ...  Mennonite Choir Members 3 episodes, 2003
Serafina Martino Serafina Martino ...  Mennonite Choir Members 3 episodes, 2003
Steven Edward Moore Steven Edward Moore ...  Mennonite Choir Members 3 episodes, 2003
Christopher Schuman Christopher Schuman ...  Mennonite Choir Members 3 episodes, 2003
Reldalee Wagner Reldalee Wagner ...  Mennonite Choir Members 3 episodes, 2003
Matthew Yohn Matthew Yohn ...  Mennonite Choir Members 3 episodes, 2003
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Storyline

God has abandoned Heaven. It's 1985: the Reagans are in the White House and Death swings the scythe of A.I.D.S. In Manhattan, Prior Walter ( Justin Kirk ) tells Louis ( Ben Shenkman ), his lover of four years, he's ill; Louis bolts. As disease and loneliness ravage Prior, guilt invades Louis. Joe Pitt ( Patrick Wilson ), an attorney who is Mormon and Republican, is pushed by right-wing fixer Roy Cohn ( Al Pacino ) toward a job at the Justice Department. 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 (Mary-Louise Parker) 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 (Jeffrey Wright), 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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Trivia

In the scene in the bar with Joe Pitt and Roy Cohn, the piano in the background is playing a slow-tempo jazz version of the Angels in America main theme. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in 1985, yet the funeral in Perestroika shows a drag queen dressed as a Barbra Streisand circa 1993. See more »

Quotes

Prior Walter Ancestor #2: The twentieth century. Oh dear, the world has gotten so terribly, terribly old.
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Crazy Credits

Person Generally in Charge of Everything Aaron Geller See more »

Connections

References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

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 danielshotmaleSee 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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USA | Italy

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English | Hebrew | Aramaic | Yiddish | French

Release Date:

7 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angels in America See more »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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