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Angels in America 

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Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS 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 57 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Roy Cohn 6 episodes, 2003
...  Harper Pitt 5 episodes, 2003
...  Belize / ... 5 episodes, 2003
...  Prior Walter / ... 5 episodes, 2003
...  Louis Ironson 5 episodes, 2003
...  Joe Pitt 5 episodes, 2003
...  Roy's Doctor 5 episodes, 2003
...  Ethel Rosenberg / ... 5 episodes, 2003
...  Nurse Emily / ... 5 episodes, 2003
...  Martin Heller 4 episodes, 2003
...  Mormon Mother 4 episodes, 2003
Melissa Wilder ...  Louis's Sister 4 episodes, 2003
...  Super 4 episodes, 2003
Fatima Da Silva ...  Cousin Doris 4 episodes, 2003
Kevin 'Flotilla DeBarge' Joseph ...  Singer in Church 4 episodes, 2003
Sterling Brown ...  Orderly 4 episodes, 2003
...  Louis' Mother 4 episodes, 2003
Lisa LeGuillou ...  Nurse 4 episodes, 2003
...  Louis' Father 4 episodes, 2003
Shawn Bartels ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Brian Dougherty ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Mary Esbjornson ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Barbara Fusco ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Serafina Martino ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Steven Edward Moore ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Christopher Schuman ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Reldalee Wagner ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Matthew Yohn ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The messenger has arrived.

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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7 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ameerika inglid  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)
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(6 parts)

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1.78 : 1
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The prayer that Belize asks Louis to recite (and which Louis completes with Ethel's help) is the Mourner's Kaddish, one of the central prayers of Judaism. It is recited in memory of the recently deceased, at funerals, on the anniversary of a deceased loved one's death, and as a part of the standard Jewish religious service. The word "Kaddish" means "sanctification," and the prayer is entirely made up of praises for God; there is no mention of death anywhere in it. Parts of the prayer are inspired by passages from the books of Ezekiel and Daniel. Though most prayers in Jewish liturgy are in Hebrew, the Kaddish is actually in Aramaic. See more »

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Prior says that "Thomas Jefferson died on his birthday". Jefferson died on 4 July 1826 but was born on 13 April 1743. See more »

Quotes

Harper Pitt: In my church we don't believe in homosexuals.
Prior: In my church we don't believe in Mormons.
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Person Generally in Charge of Everything Aaron Geller See more »

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Featured in The Daily Show: Evan Bayh (2008) See more »

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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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Angels in America, a great example of directing
25 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Angels in America is an incredible example on how to adapt a play for the screen. Nothing is left behind and director Mike Nichols makes sure to get the best from each department. His great knowledge of cinema helped him to take advantage of all the qualities of this beautiful play. The way the story is told, the way characters are portrayed, the stunning editing just make this mini series a must see, something you cannot miss out. Moreover it is better than an acting class watching Maryl Streep, Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, Mary Louise Parker give life to more than one character each, changing their voices, posture, actions in a way a few actors can do. They are so well directed they just follow their actions and reveal the fantastic side of the play, where the imaginary world mixes with hard reality. There is no objective explanation for the angels coming to the earth, the audience has to find a reason, in the heart. As actors, filmmakers, director of photography you'll simply find this movie a great example on how to work properly, and that assuming that tvmovies are always bad is simply a commonplace, it's just a matter of doing your job well.


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