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The Normal Heart 2014 NR CC

The early days of the HIV-AIDS crisis in 1980s New York City is the focus of this searing HBO Films drama. Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer and Taylor Kitsch star.

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Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff
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2 hours, 12 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Ryan Murphy
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff
Supporting actors Frank De Julio, William DeMeritt, Taylor Kitsch, Joe Mantello, Sean Meehan, Stephen Spinella, Jill Melanie Wirth, BD Wong, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Adam B. Shapiro, John Mainieri, Matt Bomer, Alfred Molina, Will Bradley, Chris Sullivan, Corey Brill, Frank Fortunato
Studio HBO
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2014
Format: DVD
A brilliant film of a brilliant play: The tragedy of GRID to AIDS
Larry Kramer adapted his much honored play 1985 play THE NORMAL HEART, an autobiographical reenactment of the period of time from 1980 to 1984 when the mysterious scourge of AIDS decimated thousands of gay men. Ryan Murphy sensitively directs a cast of some of the finest actors in cinema and a cadre of actors form the stage in a heart-stopping reminder of a time when it seemed the world might just be ending.

The film focuses on the rise of GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency) aka the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo), the gay Jewish- American founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Ned prefers loud public confrontations to the calmer, more private strategies favored by his associates, friends, and closeted lover Felix Turner (Matt Bomer), none of whom are prepared to throw themselves into the media spotlight. Their differences of opinion lead to frequent arguments that threaten to undermine their mutual goal. But that is only part of the territory this film covers - from the newly post- Stonewall sexual freedom as highlighted on Fire Island, to the gradual finding of Kaposi's sarcoma as badges on dying men, to 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.
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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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"We have to do something. No one else will." In the early 1980's a new disease that came to be known as HIV/AIDS came about and was affecting the gay community. Since it was only affecting that community nothing was being done to help find a cure or even talk about it. One brave doctor Emma Brookner (Roberts) was trying to help who she could but without support it was tough. When Ned Weeks (Ruffalo) a gay man with a loud voice takes the lead he has mixed results. First thing I have to say is that this is a tough movie to watch. The movie is fantastic and the acting is amazing but it's not really a feel good type movie that helps you relax and wind down. By default the easiest way to talk about this movie is to compare it to the Dallas Buyers Club. Both are very good but while McConaughey was great in the movie it seemed to lack any real emotion (to me at least). This one is so emotional and powerful that you end up getting mad and outraged at both the government, the ignorance of certain people and even Weeks and his crew. There are certain movies that words can't do justice to and just need to be seen. This is one of them. Overall, nothing I can say about this movie will be as good or powerful as experiencing it yourself. Just watch this. I give it an A.
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The translation from off-Broadway play to HBO film is an outstanding success. I saw the play in New York City many years ago and I had my doubts as to how well the play would translate after 30 years of AIDS treatment advances. However, the film just could not be better. It perfectly captures the vast disruption that AIDS brought to the gay community and the amazing acts of courage and community organizing that occurred during the early days of this public health disaster. Larry Kramer’s adaptation of his 1985 play continues to capture the tensions between those in the gay community that thought that the strategy for stopping the epidemic lay in constant outrage at those with political power as compared to those who thought that the strategy for stopping the epidemic lay in community organizing in partnership with public health officials and institutionalizing the response effort. The film also depicts those who brought their talents to fund raising and to the important and essential tasks of care for those impacted by the disease. The film is fair in this debate and leaves the viewer with the impression that all types of responses and strategies were necessary to curtail the epidemic.

Mark Ruffalo, as character Ned Weeks, is outstanding in playing the angry activist who demands action, confronts hypocrisy at every opportunity. A man who uses anger and confrontation to move the agenda forward despite making enemies in the process may eventually be unwelcome. He is also a man who converts his grief and fear into anger as he sees the deterioration of his lover, Felix, played perfectly by Matt Bomer.
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