Angels in America

Angels in America

DVD - 2004
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Set in 1985. Revolves around two very different men with AIDS, one fictional, one fictionalized. Roy Cohn, personifies all the hypocrisy, delusion and callousness of the official response to the plague. Nothing shakes Roy's lack of empathy: even on his death bed, he's fighting with his gay nurse and taunting the woman he helped put to death, Ethel Rosenberg. The other patient is Prior Walter, who is visited by an angel and deserted by his self-pitying lover, Louis. Louis moves on to a relationship with Joe Pitt, a Mormon lawyer whose closeted homosexuality drives his wife to delusions and brings his mother to New York.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HBO Video,, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780783129501
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE ANG
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 352 min.) : sound, color w/black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Millenium approaches.


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Oct 26, 2019

Couldn't even get half way through the first disc.

Oct 09, 2017

This is long, but generally interesting: good acting and production values.

But is it still relevant?. I see that the National Theatre has mounted a production featuring Nathan Lane and former Spiderman Andrew Garfield. Why?

The play's treatment of the AIDS story seems dated; the coda mercilessly exposes the sentimentality of the author's "message." Likewise the episodes featuring the wife: boring! You can safely fast forward.

Clearly, the author's most intense emotional connections are with the negative characters: with the closeted lawyer and most of all with Roy Cohn, whose political heir is, of course, Donald Trump. Al Pacino's portrayal is over-the-top and un-turn-away-able.

The whole angel thing was, for me, a misfire. Though it is spectacular, it ends up sidetracking the drama. The scenes in heaven (conceived with a gay New Yorker's love/hate for San Francisco and filmed in Italy at Hadrian's villa at Tivoli) are anti-climactic, ill-conceived, and badly written. As just one proof, even with the director's help, the poor actor playing Prior can't deliver the lines in a convincing way.

Sep 12, 2015

I saw this when it originally aired on television in 2003, but my children were quite young then and I lost bits to the bedtime routine. This time, I could give it my undivided attention. It's glorious and it's got Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep, and Al Pacino (among others) in multiple roles. If you haven't seen it, you really should, and not just for the girl-on-girl action between Thompson and Streep. (Although I'm sure there's a market for that out there somewhere...)

ellymae901 Jan 25, 2015

I returned this item, I do not wish to renew it, and requested it be renewed by mistake. Please respond and let me know that you have received this item.

Feb 26, 2013

The film plays out like a confusing dream sequence. That's not what AIDS was like for people. And it doesn't profile 2 different stories, there's a lot of background characters and other stories. Sadly, the only person not to receive an award for their performance was actor Justin Kirk, who had the most screen time since the story of Prior took center stage. Al Pacino's character Roy, is almost a subplot by comparison. Many of the portrayals were weak: Kirk, Pacino, and Parker have no depth and use the same speech patterns and mannerisms and facial expressions they do in every role. Kirk can actually be seen smirking twice during what was supposed to be the most poignant scene in the film. I'm sure most of the footage was horrible if that's what Leigh ended up using. Truly disappointing overall.

Nov 04, 2012

Good Movie. Show what people with Aids had to go through in the 1980's when little was known about the disease.


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