The Normal Heart

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Ryan Murphy
Production: HBO Films
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 27 wins & 54 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

Don't I wish.


And purple lesions? Open your mouth.

It's a cancer.

There's a strange reaction

in the immune system.

It's collapsed.

Won't fight, so the diseases

most of my patients are coming down with

are brought on by germs

that wouldn't hurt a baby.


At least not a baby in New York City, anyway.

I mean, the immune system

is the system we know the least about.

So where's this big mouth I hear you've got?

Is big mouth a symptom?

No. It's a cure.

This seems to only be happening to gay men.

Buzzy says you are well-known

in the gay community

and not afraid to say what you think.


- I can't find any gay leaders,

and I call gay organizations,

no one ever calls me back.

Dr. Brookner, no one with half a brain

gets involved with gay politics.

- There's no room for criticism.

- What's your criticism?

I hate that we play victim when many of us,

most of us don't have to.

Then you're exactly what's needed now.

Maybe they're just waiting for someone

to lead them.

I don't want to lead them.

What exactly are you trying to get me to do?

Tell gay men to stop having sex.

Do you think that this cancer

is sexually transmitted?

I think it is, yes.

Can I prove it yet? No.

Do you realize that you're talking about

millions of men

who have singled out promiscuity

as their principal political agenda?

How do you deal with that?

Tell them they may die.

- Where?

- Down the hall! Down the hall!

It's not that simple.

It's more complicated than that.

They think sex is all they have.

Mr. Weeks, if having sex can kill you,

doesn't anyone with half a brain

stop fucking?

You can go.

I'm not finding what I'm looking for here.



Where is she?

Open up!

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Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer (born June 25, 1935) is an American playwright, author, film producer, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist. He began his career rewriting scripts while working for Columbia Pictures, which led him to London where he worked with United Artists. There he wrote the screenplay for the 1969 film Women in Love (1969) and earned an Academy Award nomination for his work. Kramer introduced a controversial and confrontational style in his novel Faggots (1978), which earned mixed reviews and emphatic denunciations from elements within the gay community for Kramer's one-sided portrayal of shallow, promiscuous gay relationships in the 1970s. Kramer witnessed the spread of the disease later known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) among his friends in 1980. He co-founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), which has become the world's largest private organization assisting people living with AIDS. Kramer grew frustrated with bureaucratic paralysis and the apathy of gay men to the AIDS crisis, and wished to engage in further action than the social services GMHC provided. He expressed his frustration by writing a play titled The Normal Heart, produced at The Public Theater in New York City in 1985. His political activism continued with the founding of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in 1987, an influential direct action protest organization with the aim of gaining more public action to fight the AIDS crisis. ACT UP has been widely credited with changing public health policy and the perception of people living with AIDS (PWAs), and with raising awareness of HIV and AIDS-related diseases. Kramer has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his play The Destiny of Me (1992), and he is a two-time recipient of the Obie Award. more…

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