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The Normal Heart (2014)

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A gay activist attempts to raise H.I.V. and A.I.D.S. awareness during the early 1980s.

Director:

Ryan Murphy

Writers:

Larry Kramer (screenplay), Larry Kramer (play)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 27 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Ruffalo ... Ned Weeks
Jonathan Groff ... Craig
Frank De Julio ... Nick
William DeMeritt ... Nino
Taylor Kitsch ... Bruce Niles
Joe Mantello ... Mickey Marcus
Sean Meehan ... Morton
Stephen Spinella ... Sanford
Jill Melanie Wirth Jill Melanie Wirth ... Receptionist
BD Wong ... Buzzy
Julia Roberts ... Dr. Emma Brookner
Jim Parsons ... Tommy Boatwright
Adam B. Shapiro ... Bella (as Adam Shapiro)
John Mainieri ... John
Matt Bomer ... Felix Turner
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Storyline

The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at 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. Written by Home Box Office

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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To win a war, you have to start one.

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Drama | History | Romance

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det normala hjärtat See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (archive material)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Parsons went to Klein Oak High School, while Matt Bomer went to the nearby Klein High School. Julia Roberts was previously married to Lyle Lovett, who also went to Klein High School. See more »

Goofs

In the house at Fire Island a Baseball game is seen on the TV which Bruce mentions. In the summer of 1981 however there was a long MLB strike from June 12th through August 9th, 1981 during which time that scene presumably is set and no games were played. See more »

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Ned Weeks: I belong to a culture that includes Marcel Proust, Walt Whitman, Tennessee Williams, Alexander the Great, so many popes and cardinals you wouldn't believe. Mr. Green Beret, did you know that it was an openly gay Englishman who's responsible for winning World War II? His name's Alan Turing and he cracked the Germans' Enigma code. After the war was over, he committed suicide because he was so hounded for being gay. Why didn't they teach any of that in schools? A gay man is responsible for winning...
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Angel Eyes
Written by Andy Mackay, Bryan Ferry
Performed by Roxy Music
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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People Definitely Need to Watch This Movie
3 June 2014 | by mcampbelljh1See all my reviews

I'm haunted by memories of gay friends dying in 80's when getting AIDs was a death sentence and no one seemed to care. My boyfriend's brother was one of those Fire Island boys who was so convincingly played by Mark Ruffalo (Ned Weeks). I know Mark as a comedian, but he so captured the anger that must have been felt by so many gay men who's lovers were dying and they could do nothing to stop it, no matter how much money they had. As for Matt Bomer (Felix Turner), I have to say I think he deserves an academy award for his transformation from the handsome dashing man he is, to the gaunt shadow of a figure he became due to his role's AIDs illness. What a real acting force he has become, and this role shows he is so much more than just a handsome face. Also well played was Julia Roberts depiction of Dr. Emma Brookner (Dr. Linda Laubenstein in real life who's unfunded research helped so many), Jim Parsons warm loving portrayal of character Tommy Boatwright who was the heart of the movie and showed the warmth and caring of most gay men I've known, and Taylor Kitsch portrayal of Bruce Niles which showed the reality of Gay men of that era, who feared having their sexual identity out in the public eye with all the negative consequences (harassment, job discrimination, loss of family) of that.

This is a story that people definitely need to see, to understand how this disease spread unchecked for so long. If not for the efforts of men like Ned Weeks and the Gay Activist Alliance's efforts get funding for research when no public official would even acknowledge there was a problem, who know how many more people have died and would be dying today. This is an angry gritty movie, that doesn't hold back from telling it how it was. It's also a heartbreaking story of how people treat others who are outwardly different yet inwardly the same as themselves. Which is why, whether you're gay or straight, you can relate to the sad love story told here, and the heroism of those who fought the battle to find a way to stop the deaths devastating their community. It's shockingly true that our government let this epidemic get out of control and until deaths started affecting the heterosexual community, and famous people (like Rock Hudson) did nothing to stop its rampage.


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