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

- Where? Where?

- Right in that room.

- Easy! Easy!

- Just put him up on the table.

Up here.

Just try to hold him.

- Baby!

- Easy! Be still.

Can you tell me what happened?


We were meeting him outside.

We turned the corner, he just collapsed.




Hey, get the f*ck outta the street!



Oh, my God.




- Who's the lover?

lam, ma'am.

- What's your name?

- Bruce Niles.

- Brookner, I need a room immediately.


Niles, you were Reinhardt's boyfriend?

Yes, ma'am. How do you know that?

He died three weeks ago.




They wouldn't even let me say goodbye.

Not even let me kiss him goodbye.

He's dead?

I'm so sorry.

It can happen this fast?

N just did.

We have to do something.

No one else will.

What are we supposed to do?

You make these assumptions

on the basis of 46 cases!

You wanted to know what I think.

This is what I think.

You are all going to infect each other.


Now only a few of you have.

Unfortunately, we can't tell yet which ones.

Long before we isolated the hepatitis viruses,

we knew about the diseases they caused

and how they got around!

Where are the medical journals? The Times?

I sent my first report to the medical journals

over a year ago.

Excuse me, how do you know

what you're looking for,

real quick,

if you don't know what you're looking for?

I'm sorry. I guess that's a dumb question.

No, it isn't.

It's the smartest question of all

and the hardest one to answer.

Doesn't common sense tell you

you should cool it for a while?



Why not?

It doesn't leave much to look forward to.

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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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