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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.
This is a Must See Movie. I hold it in the highest Esteem Every. I won't go into details
except to say, this has to be one of the most marvelous films I have ever seen! Read more
This was so good! The acting was wonderful! The story heartbreaking!Published 1 month ago by Dale Mooney
I have seen this multiple times, and always impressed with the artistry of the production and acting, and the broad scope of the play. The play is an affirmation of life.Published 1 month ago by Harry M. Rosenberg
Wonderful mini series about I initial outbreak of HIV and how poorly the Reagan administration handled it b/c of social stigma of homosexuality.Published 2 months ago by Frequent buyer
Impeccable cast, Emmy-winning performances by Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeffrey Wright. Directed by Mike Nichols. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J D Battey
Angels in America was not what was expected. It is one of the most well written screen plays I have ever listened to and watched. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mosha
A perfect combination of whimsical fantasy and hardcore reality.
I especially relate to the closeted homosexual husband. Read more