Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Angels in America

2003 American Television Mini-Series

Cast: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Patrick Wilson, Mary-Louise Parker, Justin Kirk, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Shenkman, James Cromwell, Michael Gambon and Simon Callow
Director: Mike Nichols
Writer: Tony Kushner, based on his plays Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika

In 1985, two couples watch their relationships dissolve amidst the backdrop of Reagan era politics, the spreading AIDS epidemic and a rapidly changing social and political climate. These lost souls come together to create bonds of love, loss and loneliness, yet ultimately discover forgiveness and overcome abandonment.


  • Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10 
  • OMG rating: 9/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available


  • AFI Award, TV Programs of the Year.
  • American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Best Edited Miniseries or Movie for Non-Commercial Television.
  • Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design in a Television Movie or Mini-Series.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Picture Made for Television.
  • Cinema Audio Society Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television - Movies and Mini-Series.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Television Movie or Mini-series.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Actor (Pacino), Actress (Streep), Supporting Actor (Wright) and Supporting Actress (Parker); also nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Shenkman and Wilson).
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album.
  • The Humanitas Prize.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Film or Mini-series Made for Cable TV.
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Mini-series, Director, Writing, Actor (Pacino), Actress (Streep), Supporting Actor (Wright), Supporting Actress (Parker), Art Direction, Casting, Makeup and Sound Mixing; also nominated for Best Actress (Thompson), Supporting Actor (Kirk, Shenkman and Wilson), Cinematography, Costumes, Single-Camera Picture Editing, Special Visual Effects, Hairstyling and Main Title Design.
  • Producers Guild of America Award for Television Production, Long Form.
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards for Actor (Pacino) and Actress (Streep) in Television Movie or Mini-Series; also nominated for Actor (Kirk and Wright) and Actress (Thompson and Parker).
  • Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding Movie, Miniseries or Special and Program of the Year.
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Television Production, Long Form, Adapted.

  • The original 1993 Broadway production of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won four, including Best Play. The original 1993 Broadway production of Angels in America: Perestroika was nominated for six Tony Awards and won three, including Best Play.
  • Jeffrey Wright was the only actor from the original stage production to reprise his role in the mini-series. In addition to the Emmy he won for the TV version, he won a Tony Award for his performance in Angels in America: Perestroika.
  • Potential Directors: Robert Altman, P.J. Hogan and Neil LaBute.
  • Casting Call: Jodie Foster and Dustin Hoffman.
  • Some of the actors play multiple parts, just as was done in the play.
  • Al Pacino's character Roy Cohn is based on the real Roy Cohn, the infamously closeted lawyer who first came to public attention during Senator Joe McCarthy's Communist witch hunts of the mid-1950s.
  • Cameos include Angels playwright/screenwriter Tony Kushner and author Maurice Sendak as rabbis.
  • When Prior Walter and Harper Pitt share a dream, the set is based on a dream in Jean Cocteau's La belle et la bĂȘte. When Prior ascends to heaven, the scenery is based on Cocteau's view of the afterlife in Orpheus.
  • Originally broadcast in two parts on the American premium cable network HBO.

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