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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 production), and you've still only begun to discover the wealth of characters and storylines in Kushner's ambitious work.
The powerhouse cast (also featuring James Cromwell, Michael Gambon, and Simon Callow) is uniformly superb. The script has its weaknesses--some of the fantastic elements, including Prior's journey to Heaven towards the end, fall flat--but even what doesn't work is bristling with ideas and a ferocious desire to capture human existence in this time and place. --Bret Fetzer
The acting was beyond superb, the screenplay and story line truly outstanding.
The cast of this imaginative drama includes Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep, Jeffery Wright, and Al Pacino playing Roy Cohn.
Like any Great Work Of Art (and it is one), it is, fundamentally, about how human beings cope with life.
I LOVE this movie, it's about 6 hours but it goes fast, great for a weekend rainy day!Published 4 days ago by Danielle j
Angels is an American epic, you just have to be willing to try and understand the politics, marriage problems, and how power corrupts powerfully,,,,,,except when it comes to an... Read morePublished 29 days ago by K G, MD
Wonderful. Stunning performances, wonderful writing, music, scenes, actors - it's got it all. Absolutely a re-watcher. A must-have.Published 1 month ago by I Got Popcorn
I wish they would release this in Blu-Ray soon. This series is a classic!Published 2 months ago by ronaldbrian