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Angels in America

A movie directed by Mike Nichols

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  • Jan 9, 2005
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I honestly didn't know if I wanted to see the quintessential AIDS movie. It seems that so much of the already-scant gay movie/theater aresenal from the 90's focused relentlessly on AIDS and its impact on the community. I needed to grow up.

In the gay community, there are many different forms of 'haves' and 'have-nots' but none more palpable than those living with or without AIDS in their lives. This absolutely beautiful series did what so many others have failed to do - put AIDS into context with so many other things that people have to deal with in life. Denial, deception, religion, politics, love and, most importantly, forgiveness.

For those who see things through just one lens, you could easily classify this epic tale as one -just- about any one of these topics, but as a whole it is so much more. Through absolutely brilliant acting, direction and the creativity of Kushner's work, this tale comes to life as one, ultimately, of hope.

As a gay man who has survived the 90's and seen so many lost, I suppose I'm predisposed to embrace such a beautiful work, but it's my hope that many others who have little or no direct knowledge of this epidemic will embrace it with open arms and, if nothing else, see the beauty in artistic form that was borne of such a despondent time in the lives of so many.

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review by . July 01, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: outstanding cast, brilliant performances, wonderful visuals     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: "the angels they burn inside for us   are we ever   are we ever gonna learn to fly"   ~ DISHWALLA     This was a surreal and visual experience that crossed between the apocalypse and total redemption. The one point I must make, first thing, is this: if you’ve never colored outside the lines and your outlook …
review by . November 29, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Mainly acting, there were no weak characters. Remains relevant despite new AIDS treatments.      Cons: For some the NYC focus and open Republican hatred may be problematic.      The Bottom Line: Thirty words cannot cover a 6 hour event so packed with talent.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.      I am writing an academic article on the film version of Angels …
review by . September 21, 2004
posted in Pass The Remote!
It turns out that while my wife and I watched "Angels in America" on DVD, it was winning a huge pile of Emmy awards. Frankly, it doesn't take watching the award show to see why it got so much notice this year, and I'd rather watch the series itself than the Emmy Award show any day of the week.    "Angels in America" is by turns funny, touching, whimsical, serious, and most of all surprising. I wasn't too surprised to learn that it was adapted from a stage play, as it has the …
review by . March 27, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Part One: THE MILLENNIUM APPROACHES  Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA created a major sensation when it was produced in the mid 1980s in New York and Los Angeles (and subsequently in theaters across the country). Not only is this a magnificently written drama whose seed lies in the agar plate of America in the time of Reagan, AIDS, post-Vietnam trauma, and general angst, it is presented in a long, two part production that demands much of the audience - not only in physical endurance, but …
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Tony Kushner's prize-winningplayAngels in Americabecame the defining theatrical event of the 1990s, an astonishing mix of philosophy, politics, and vibrant gay soap opera that summed up the Reagan era for an entire generation of theater-goers. Post-9/11 would seem to be too late for a film version--philosophy and politics don't always age well--but this 2003 HBO adaptation, ably directed by Mike Nichols (The Graduate), provides a time capsule of the '80s and reveals the deep emotional subcurrents that will give the play lasting power.

The story centers around Prior Walter (Justin Kirk) and Louis Ironson (Ben Shenkman), a gay couple that falls apart when Prior grows ill as a result of AIDS. But cancer is not the only thing invading Prior's life: He begins to have religious visions of an angel (Emma Thompson, Sense and Sensibility) announcing that he is a prophet. Louis, who doesn't cope well with disease and suggestions of mortality, leaves and starts a relationship with Joe Pitt (Patrick Wilson), a closeted Mormon who works for Roy Cohn (Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon)--the real-life right-wing lawyer, notorious for his ruthless behind-the-scenes machinations. Add in Joe's depressed and hallucinating wife Harper (Mary Louise Parker, Fried Green Tomatoes), his determined but open-minded mother Hannah (Meryl Streep, Adaptation), a fierce drag queen/nurse named Belize (Jeffrey Wright, Basquiat, reprising his celebrated performance from the Broadway ...

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Director: Mike Nichols
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Tony Kushner
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
Runtime: 5hr 52min
Studio: Hbo Home Video
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