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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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Cast

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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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

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To win a war, you have to start one.

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Drama | History | Romance

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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

When Tommy Boatwright (Jim Parsons) pulls a card from his Rolodex, and puts it along with a bunch of cards tied with a rubber band, is based on what David Geffen used to do in those days. On November 18, 1992, AIDS Project Los Angeles (A.P.L.A.) gave Geffen the Commitment To Life Award at the Universal Amphitheater. During his acceptance speech, he said: "When the first person I knew died, I couldn't bring myself to throw his Rolodex card away, so I saved it. I now have a rubber band around three hundred forty-one cards." David Geffen was referring to Michael Bennett. See more »

Goofs

The condition of Felix's teeth change drastically between 2 scenes that took place on the same day. In the scene where Felix and Ned get married when Felix smiles his teeth are grayish in color and noticeably decaying, but in the scene right before that when Felix goes to see Ned's brother to discuss his will his teeth are whiter with no signs of decaying. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Emma Brookner: Don't need everybody's love and approval.
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Features Hello, Dolly! (1969) See more »

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You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
Written by Sylvester (as Sylvester James), James Wirrick
Performed by Sylvester
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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27 May 2014 | by pfeifferpack2003-1See all my reviews

Thought provoking and heart-breaking look back at the dark days of the early terror of HIV. It pulls no punches in showing that AIDS was largely ignored as long as it was primarily in the Gay community (should be to our shame). Makes you wonder how far we might have gone in the research and containment of this disease had we gotten behind ending it from the start. Lots of lip service from those who had the power to actually help but little action whereas in the Gay community shown in this film...the average person came up to the bat and fought with everything they had to save those they loved.

Beautifully acted and moving. Not a false note in the entire film. But aside from that it is important in content.


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