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




Please prepare to exit the ferry.


Attention, on deck.

We are now arriving at Fire Island Pines.

All right, welcome to Fire Island, everybody.

Please take care, exit slowly.

Those steps can be wet.

Also double-check

you have all your luggage...

Have a good day.

- Hey, Weeks!

- Hey, honey.

How you doing?

We're doing great.

Here we are!

What are you guys doing?

Hairy is out. Your turn, teddy bear.

No. No. I love my teddy.

- Calvin Klein would not approve.

- NED:

The baseball game is on

and my summer has officially begun.

The thing is he actually means it.

- Hey, baby.

- How are ya?

- You want a beer?

- Nah, I've already had a couple.

Nice stripes, Lieutenant. Hot.

Oh, please. Captain.

Just got back from the reserves.

You know what they say.

Once a month, I get to play a real man.

Ooh. I haven't seen you at the gym lately.


- Your turn, Bruce.

- What? What?

Brucey, please.

Don't embarrass our house at the beach, hon.

Uh-oh. (SIGHS)

You gotta do it.

You know what they say, Ned.

If you can't beat 'em,

Join 'em!

That's my guy-

Craig was miserable

when you weren't interested.

Now look, he's got Robert Redford.

It shows you there is a god.

How's John?

- John?

- John.

Oh, John! No, I'm with Gregory now.

We're celebrating our 15th month anniversary.

Fifteen... That's a long time for you, Mickey.

Oh, please! We're lovers and we live together.

It's not like we're faithful to each other, too.

He's not even Jewish.

Don't tell my rabbi.


- Oh, my God.


- Hey, Weeks! You suck!


Why do you even come here anymore?

We don't want you.


You made us look terrible in your novel.

Look around you. Sex is liberating.

All I said was having so much sex

makes finding love impossible.

Do not put your failure to find someone

on the rest of us.


- Ow!

- Oh, jeez.


Oh, my God!



Hey, what happened?

- Are you okay?

- I'm okay.

I just got a little light-headed.

I got myself up. I'm fine.

I think I just got a little dizzy.

Does he seem okay?

(SINGING) Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday, dear Craig!

Happy birthday to you!


He's good at that!





I f***ing love this place!




Hey, Ned!

Come on. Please?




I sold you a ceramic pig once

at Maison France on Bleecker Street.

I'm Sanford.

Yes, I remember.

Somebody I was friends with then

collected pigs

and you had the biggest pig

I'd ever seen outside a real pig.


They just keep getting bigger

and won't go away.

I'm her 20th case.

And six of them are dead.


Hey, Ned, won't be a minute.

Hey, Buzzy, I didn't know you worked here.


Who are you?

Uh, Ned Weeks.

I spoke to you after The Times article.

Come in. Take your clothes off.

I only came to ask some questions.

- You are gay, aren't you?

- Yes.

Take your clothes off. Don't be nervous.

I've seen more men than you have.

To answer all of your questions,

I don't know.

I've never seen or heard of anything like this.

Have you had any of the symptoms?

Most of the sh*t The Times said,

amoebas, gonorrhea, hepatitis.

You don't know what it's been like

since the sexual revolution.

What makes you think I don't?

Any fever, night sweats, weight loss?

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 f***ing?

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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