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The Normal Heart (2014)

TV-MA | | Drama, History, Romance | TV Movie 25 May 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

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:

The Normal Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Dolby Digital

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Black and White (archive material)| Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Matt Bomer was determined not to watch Philadelphia (1993) while working, because he didn't want to be even slightly influenced by Tom Hanks' performance. Oddly enough, while he was taking the month off to lose the weight the role required, he was at his New York City apartment watching television and Philadelphia (1993) showed up. He was so tired, that he decided to watch the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Ned and his friends are trying to collect money for "Gay Cancer" in the park, the 3 quarters one donor throws down are all from the State Quarter Series, which was begun by the US Mint in 1999. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Boatwright: Thank God for the lesbians.
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I Love You Samantha
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and Turner Entertainment Co.
[from High Society (1956)]
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Tough and brutal, yet it's an honest fight for love, life and a civil right to be different.
28 May 2014 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

Just watched the HBO original movie the "Normal Heart" which is based on a Tony award winning play from real life AIDS activist Larry Kramer, and I must say that director Ryan Murphy took this film to life's edge showing that love and life ends in the tragic and sad deaths of gay men. Set in New York city during the early to mid 80's at the very early stages of HIV/AIDS in fact the film shows the first deaths and early cases of gay men getting an unknown disease some called even a gay men's cancer plague. In these very early years the disease was still searching for a name and it was known only as a gay disease. After death after death a newspaper reporter Ned Weeks(in a super performance from Mark Ruffalo)starts to become an activist and fight for the rights of gay men and he faces a big climb from the political and medical community who both seem in denial of gay men's rights and they have no clue on how to treat the disease. Ned sees the pain and toll that it takes as his lover Felix(Matt Bomer)falls to defeat in the end from this new mysterious killer of gay men. In an outstanding performance veteran Julia Roberts is high strong and determined as a polio stricken doctor Brookner who was one of the first in the country to treat gay men for this disease. She has hope and fights for change. Overall this film is a painful watch about life, love, and in the end death still it's message is it's okay to fight for life and equal justice even if your different and love one of your own gender. Overall a must watch film that shows the early harsh days of the AIDS birth.


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