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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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Won 5 Golden Globes. Another 57 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Al Pacino ...  Roy Cohn 7 episodes, 2003
Mary-Louise Parker ...  Harper Pitt 7 episodes, 2003
Jeffrey Wright ...  Mr. Lies / ... 7 episodes, 2003
Justin Kirk ...  Prior Walter / ... 7 episodes, 2003
Ben Shenkman ...  Louis Ironson 7 episodes, 2003
Meryl Streep ...  Hannah Pitt / ... 7 episodes, 2003
Patrick Wilson ...  Joe Pitt 6 episodes, 2003
Emma Thompson ...  Nurse Emily / ... 6 episodes, 2003
James Cromwell ...  Roy's Doctor 5 episodes, 2003
Brian Markinson ...  Martin Heller 5 episodes, 2003
Robin Weigert ...  Mormon Mother 4 episodes, 2003
Melissa Wilder Melissa Wilder ...  Louis's Sister 4 episodes, 2003
David Zayas ...  Super 4 episodes, 2003
Fatima Da Silva Fatima Da Silva ...  Cousin Doris 4 episodes, 2003
Kevin 'Flotilla DeBarge' Joseph Kevin 'Flotilla DeBarge' Joseph ...  Singer in Church 4 episodes, 2003
Sterling Brown Sterling Brown ...  Orderly 4 episodes, 2003
Florence Kastriner ...  Louis' Mother 4 episodes, 2003
Lisa LeGuillou Lisa LeGuillou ...  Nurse 4 episodes, 2003
Howard Pinhasik ...  Louis' Father 4 episodes, 2003
Shawn Bartels Shawn Bartels ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Brian Dougherty Brian Dougherty ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Mary Esbjornson Mary Esbjornson ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Barbara Fusco Barbara Fusco ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Serafina Martino Serafina Martino ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Steven Edward Moore Steven Edward Moore ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Christopher Schuman Christopher Schuman ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Reldalee Wagner Reldalee Wagner ...  Mennonite Choir Members 4 episodes, 2003
Matthew Yohn 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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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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$60,000,000 (estimated)
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(6 parts)

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The play's subtitle was "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes". See more »

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The NYC subways and its signs were modern rather than from the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Prior Walter: That ludicrous spectacle in there. Just a parody of the funeral of someone who really counted. We don't. Faggots. We're just a bad dream the real world is having. And the real world's waking up.
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Person Generally in Charge of Everything Aaron Geller See more »

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Referenced in Hagan Reviews: Eat the Schoolgirl (2012) 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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Amazing film of amazing play
11 October 2004 | by clay-kirklandSee all my reviews

It saddens me to read some of the negative reviews of this film adaptation of Kushner's brilliant Pulitzer and Tony-winning play. I guess some people simply can't see past their bigotry. (I find it revealing that most of the negative reviews appear to be written by people who clearly have no idea that Roy Cohn was a real person, and I bet they never heard of the Rosenberg's either.)

I was lucky enough to see the Broadway production of Angels with the original cast, and it was without question the highlight of my 25 years of theatre-going. While I prefer the stage version over the film (I usually do), Nichol's film does an outstanding job of capturing the brilliance of Kushner's script.

Personally, I believe that Pacino gives the performance of his career, and Streep is amazing in her three roles. The other performances are quite solid as well.

This film not only won a record 11 Emmys, taking the award for Outstanding Miniseries and all four acting trophies, it also won those same awards at the Golden Globe presentations plus four SAG acting awards. In short, it won practically every award it possibly could.

I often have my Theatre 101 students read this play. I now look forward to being able to show scenes from the film version as well.

Obviously, I recommend this film highly.


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