A fight with Joe leaves Louis badly scarred; Roy plays a final practical joke on Ethel; Prior wrestles the Angel and then addresses a review board in Heaven; Harper heads out West; Prior, outliving ...
Cohn is diagnosed with AIDS. He pushes Joe to take the job in Washington so he can help Cohn keep his job. Prior becomes more sick and goes to the hospital, Louis can't handle being there for him so ...
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
During his first scene with Joe Pitt (Patrick Wilson), Roy Cohn (Al Pacino) takes a call from the elderly wife of a Republican ("Nixon appointee") client who is coming to New York City as a tourist and wants tickets to a Broadway musical. Roy tells her that she will not like "La Cage aux Folles", even though he parenthetically tells Joe that "La Cage" is the "best thing on Broadway, maybe ever." Roy suspects that his conservative client will likely not enjoy "La Cage" because its plot presents a positive portrayal of gay men in a devoted long-term relationship. See more »
When Lou is saying kaddish for the dead Roy Cohn, Roy's mouth goes from open to closed to open again. See more »
You don't know what all I know. *I* don't know what all I know. Half this shit I make up and I'm still right, learned that in the 50's.
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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.
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