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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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Ryan Murphy

Writers:

Larry Kramer (screenplay), Larry Kramer (play)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 27 wins & 56 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Ruffalo ... Ned Weeks
Jonathan Groff ... Craig
Frank De Julio ... Nick
William DeMeritt ... Nino
Taylor Kitsch ... Bruce Niles
Joe Mantello ... Mickey Marcus
Sean Meehan ... Morton
Stephen Spinella ... Sanford
Jill Melanie Wirth Jill Melanie Wirth ... Receptionist
BD Wong ... Buzzy
Julia Roberts ... Dr. Emma Brookner
Jim Parsons ... Tommy Boatwright
Adam B. Shapiro ... Bella (as Adam Shapiro)
John Mainieri ... John
Matt Bomer ... Felix Turner
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Normal Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (archive material)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The original off-Broadway production of "The Normal Heart" opened in April 1985 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, a.k.a. LuEsther Hall. The cast included: Phillip Richard Allen (Ben Weeks); David Allen Brooks (Bruce Niles); Brad Davis (Ned Weeks); William DeAcutis (Tommy Boatwright); Robert Dorfman (Mickey Marcus); Lawrence Lott (David/Hiram Keebler/Examining Doctor/Orderly); D.W. Moffett (Felix Turner); Michael Santoro (Craig Donner/Grady/Orderly); and Concetta Tomei (Dr. Emma Brookner). The Director was Michael Lindsay-Hogg. See more »

Goofs

The clock tower seen across the Hudson River (in Hoboken, NJ) was not standing in the early 80s when the film's story took place. It was demolished in the 50s and rebuilt in 2007. See more »

Quotes

Ned Weeks: [to the President's advisor] What exactly does your title mean in terms of our plague?
John Bruno: We prefer not to use negative terms. It only scares people.
Ned Weeks: Well, there's 3,339 cases so far and 1,122 dead. Sounds like a plague to me. I'm scared, aren't you?
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.40 (2013) See more »

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The Man I Love
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by the Gay Men's Chorus
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One of the most amazing and affecting movies ever made
5 June 2014 | by jerseychica1985See all my reviews

When I sat down to watch The Normal Heart, I had no idea just how much I was about to be moved, amazed, traumatized, enraged, heartbroken, and enlightened. I've been passionate about gay rights and issues ever since I knew what it was to be gay, and I had not one clue how horrible the AIDS epidemic was at its inception. The Normal Heart is an unflinching look at a horrific time in our history where human beings were treated by the masses as garbage. Literally. And that's when they were even being acknowledged at all. Every actor involved gave an Oscar-worthy performance, ironically in a movie that is not eligible for the award. Mark Ruffalo's passion jumps right out of the screen at you, and in both its most angry and its most devastating, you're right there with him. Julia Roberts gives an Erin Brockovich-like performance times ten. Jim Parsons is wonderful in the first role most of us are seeing him outside of Sheldon Cooper, both with his moments of humor and more importantly with his heart. Many kudos also to Taylor Kitsch, Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina, Finn Wittrock, and of course Ryan Murphy for his fearless and beautiful direction. But Matt Bomer... Matt Bomer is THE star among stars, pulling at every single one of your heartstrings in one of the bravest roles ever committed to film. This is without a doubt one of the most important movies you will ever see.


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