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Angels in America

  • Director:Mike Nichols
  • Actors:Al PacinoMeryl StreepEmma ThompsonPatrick WilsonMary-Louise Parker
  • Studio:HBO Studios
  • Category:DVD
  • List Price: $19.97
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  • Seller:MovieMars
  • Sales Rank:33,141
  • Format:Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled), English (Original Language), Spanish (Original Language), French (Dubbed)
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Running Time:352 Minutes
  • Rating:Unrated
  • Region:1
  • Discs:2
  • Aspect Ratio:1.78:1
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.5
  • Dimensions (in):7.6 x 5.8 x 0.7
  • Release Date:September 14, 2004
  • MPN:92299
  • ISBN:0783129505
  • UPC:026359229923
  • EAN:9780783129501
  • ASIN:B0001I2BUI
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Features:
  • Academy Award-winners Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson lead an all-star cast in a 6-hour HBO Films Event. Directed by Mike Nichols and written by Tony Kushner based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning play: Angels in America.Running Time: 352 min. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: NR Age: 026359229923 UPC: 026359229923 Manufacturer No: 92299


Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis
Academy Award-winners Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson lead an all-star cast in a 6-hour HBO Films Event. Directed by Mike Nichols and written by Tony Kushner based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning play: Angels in America.
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Tony Kushner's prize-winning play Angels in America became 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 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


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