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The Normal Heart (2014)

TV-MA | | Drama, History, Romance | TV Movie 25 May 2014
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A gay activist attempts to raise H.I.V. and A.I.D.S. awareness during the early 1980s.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 27 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »

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... Ned Weeks
... Craig
... Nick
... Nino
... Bruce Niles
... Mickey Marcus
... Morton
... Sanford
Jill Melanie Wirth ... Receptionist
... Buzzy
... Dr. Emma Brookner
... Tommy Boatwright
... Bella (as Adam Shapiro)
... John
... Felix Turner
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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

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To win a war, you have to start one.

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Drama | History | Romance

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25 May 2014 (USA)  »

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Det normala hjärtat  »

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Production had to take a break to allow Matt Bomer time to lose forty pounds for his physique, to display that his character is dying of AIDS. Bomer admitted that the weight-loss took a toll on his health, and that by the time he filmed his final scene in a hospital bed, he was genuinely too weak to get out of the bed between takes without assistance. See more »

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When Ned and his friends are trying to collect money for "Gay Cancer" in the park, the 3 quarters one donor throws down are all from the State Quarter Series, which was begun by the US Mint in 1999. See more »

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Felix Turner: Men do not naturally not love. They learn not to.
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Nice 'N' Nasty
Written by Vincent Montana Jr.
Performed by The Salsoul Orchestra
Under Exclusive License from Verse Music Group
Originally Released on Salsoul Records (C) 1976
By arrangement with Fine Gold Music
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"We are all walking time-bombs..."
25 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Heart-rending, gut-wrenching adaptation by Larry Kramer of his own successful play about the foundation and formation in 1982 of the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York City in the wake of what was then-called the Gay Cancer (now HIV/AIDS). Dramatization of events, with Mark Ruffalo's screenwriter Ned Weeks substituting for Kramer, is necessarily a no-holds-barred examination of gay sex in the '80s and its consequences, with the gay community themselves their own worst enemy (by being asked to abstain in the wake of more information on the disease, they felt oppressed as a modern culture and rebelled). In spite of an agonizingly long gestation period for this material (which Barbra Streisand optioned years ago, but was unable to finance), director Ryan Murphy has crafted an immediate and powerful document, alternately angry, sexy, tough, moving and thoughtful. Though "Longtime Companion" and the cable-film "And The Band Played On" have covered the AIDS epidemic (and done it extremely well), that does not lessen the impact of this HBO film, which packs an emotional wallop. Performances from Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and the entire cast are superlative.


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