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Look up! Look up! Prepare the way...The Messenger is coming! Oscar(R) winners Al Pacino ('Scent of a Woman'), Meryl Streep ('Kramer vs. Kramer') and Emma Thompson ('Howards End') lead an all-star cast in this two-part film directed by Mike Nichols ('The Graduate') and written by Tony Kushner, based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Set in a Reagan-era 1985 in which fantasy and reality interact and the AIDS epidemic is in full swing, the film follows a diverse group of real and imagined characters. Among them are Roy Cohn (Al Pacino), a fictionalized version of the closeted conservative; Hannah Pitt (Meryl Streep); Joe Pitt, Hannah's closeted Mormon son (Patrick Wilson); Joe's hallucinatory wife Harper (Mary-Louise Parker); Prior Walter (Justin Kirk), a gay man with AIDS; Prior's lover Louis (Ben Shenkman); Belize (Jeffrey Wright), a nurse who tends to Cohn and is a friend to Prior; a 'messenger' Angel (Emma Thompson); and an assortment of others.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 1, Chapter 1||New York City, 1985. A gay couple's relationship is rocked by the revelation that one has AIDS; a young man named Joe Pitts is offered a job by conservative icon Roy Cohn--who also learns he has AIDS.||1:05:52||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 1, Chapter 2||Louis abandons a hospitalized Prior; Joe and Roy confide in each other over drinks. Later, Prior hears voices from his hospital bed while Louis solicits sex from strangers, and Joe makes a drunken confession to his mother.||54:47||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 1, Chapter 3||Prior returns home and is visited by a pair of spectral namesake ancestors who herald the arrival of the messenger; a tussle with Joe leaves Roy with the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg. Later, Joe and Louis hook up in Central Park while Prior meets the angelic messenger.||57:52||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 2, Chapter 4||While Joe is being seduced by Louis, Prior is being aroused by the baffled Angel. Meanwhile, Roy's health worsens; Harper's hallucination is interrupted by reality; Prior tells Belize about his divine mission; and Hannah tries to help Harper.||57:21||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 2, Chapter 5||Louis arranges a meeting with Prior; Joe visits Roy in the hospital and gets an unwelcome father's blessing; Prior drags Belize to the courthouse for a surprise meeting with the clerk and later strikes up a friendship with Hannah. High on morphine, Roy paints a different picture of heaven.||1:03:12||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 2, Chapter 6||A fight with Joe leaves Louis badly scarred; Roy plays a final practical joke on Ethel; Prior wrestles the Angel and then addresses a review board in Heaven; Harper heads out West; Prior, outliving his diagnosis, pays a visit to his favorite angel and vows to keep living--free of secrets.||1:16:17||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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This one has it all, the story, the music, the cast! I've watched this dozens of times and it is always moving and affecting. So many great performances, and a triumphant musical score by Thomas Newman make Tony Kushner's story take wing, and it SOARS!