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  1. says

    Thrilled beyond words that this masterpiece is going to be seen by millions, and inspire many to check out the original play.

    One of the twentieth century’s greatest works, and a testament to the power of American theatre. Counting. The. Days.

  2. calif dreamin says

    my hopes for this project were dimmed considerably with Murphy’s attachment – and this trailer does nothing to change that. Roberts could be a bright spot, but – wow – with what we’ve seen so far, there’s been zero chemistry between the leads. We’ll see.

  3. Gary says

    I had just moved to Miami from Boston in 1981, with my lover. My boss, and close friend was the first. He was not yet 40, and an innovator in the development of what would become downtown Miami. Monogamy probably spared me. I lost my older brother and many others. Today in Miami, there is a bridge named for Roy.

  4. David says

    I just hope they got it right. It is a masterpiece, and it deserves the presentation fitting of a masterpiece. That Julia Roberts is so totally miscast makes me nervous. I don’t see how she’ll pull off the incendiary anger of that character. It’s critical to the presentation. Very cool though that the scene where she’s telling everyone that they’re going to die appears to have been filmed in Larry Kramer’s apartment, the exact place where the birth of GMHC and that actual scene occurred.

  5. says

    then you’re a sad man, JANS, as you care more about your chosen-dislike of Larry Kramer than about the legacy of the beginnings of this fight that has united our community, and others.

    you’re like the people who didn’t make an It Gets Better video because “you hate dan davage”

    ie, as useful as tits on a fish, and decidedly less appealing.

  6. Matt27 says

    So important this will finally be made. It’s taken too long. I will watch this at home, alone, so I can stop watching when it is too difficult and continue after a while.

    @Gary, thanks for sharing your heart. I was just a kid back then, but I remember how strongly the epidemic affected when I watched the news (nothing compare to you Gary, but still). Sadly porn industry pushes bb productions out and I am afraid what will happen. Hopefully this movie will open eyes.

  7. John P. says

    I hope that today’s generation will watch, learn & appreciate our community’s sometimes tragic history. For me it’s going be hard to watch. I was 25 in 1981.

  8. Gary says

    John: You probably lived he disco era too. ’81 was just coming out of that. Hard to explain how it was then to the youngsters but we know it wasn’t all tragedy. It really was the gay golden age of discovery. No marriage plans. Today…thank goodness for good genetics. God knew I’d be a fag.

  9. JonnyNYNY2FLFL says

    I saw the original B’way play & the fact that Larry Kramer had a hand in the movie version makes me optimistic it will not lose its impact or passion.

    We must remember that the 1980’s belonged to the Reaganites and if activist artists like Larry Kamer had not lit a flame, we may have gone another decade before America opened its eyes to the crisis.

  10. Grant says

    Roberts wasn’t necessarily cast for being the right type or her take on the character. She was probably cast because she was interested and that it also gave the production at least one “Academy Award Winner” to put on the virtual marquee.

    The road has been so long, I am glad that I am alive to see it air. I’ll watch it on behalf of my friends who didn’t make it.

  11. Tatts says

    “A good movie that shows the consequences when you engage in random and unprotected sex.”

    WHAT? So what were the consequences before HIV? What are the consequences for lesbians? What are the consequences for 99.999% of the random unprotected sex that people have every day?

    God, you’re ninny.

  12. Bob R says

    I will probably not watch it. I’m holding back tears now and have a large lump in my throat. Almost all my friends are gone and I watched them suffer and in most cases whither away in shame and agony. The hate and rejection by far too many in the health care community just amplified the pain. I just don’t have the strength to dredge up those memories again. I’m still not emotionally prepared for an instant replay of this tragedy, at my age I doubt I ever will be. I’m glad we had men at the time like Larry Kramer, and as obnoxious as many in today’s gay community find him, he saved many lives through his anger and actions. I’m glad there was an ACT UP! organization. Thank you, Larry, but no, I cannot live through the nightmare again.

  13. Mike says

    I think Roberts is there because a) she’s a good actress, b) she’s buddy buddy with Ryan Murphy after “Eat, Pray, Love”, and c) she’s a huge star who will bring in just as many viewers as all the men in the cast. I think she’ll be great! Might as well hand her an Emmy now.

  14. says

    Indeed, Gary – and yet, there’s another angle to the world of Hateful Youtube Comments – almost all are made by anonymous-Youtubers – folks who can only preach their hate via an anonymous internet handle. Why? They know they can’t say it while putting their face to it. UndergroundHate – it sucks, but at least the folks spewing it are aware that they’re not courageous enough to actually say it Out Loud.

    As for Ms. Roberts – she’s an oscar winner, and a four-time nominee. She was, to any who saw it, in peak form in August: Osage County. She’s a lot more talented than a lot of folks give her credit for – and from friends who worked on this film the only things they had to say about her were stellar. I think she’s actually an inspired choice for this role.

  15. Gary says

    I agree Kiwi. If you want my face, I’m Garbo in the comments on YourTube. Google won’t let me change the name which sucks. Yes, that’s what 55 looked like. BFD. Big F-ing deal. Always enjoy your input. Your brain is appreciated.

  16. Gary says

    Living in Los Angeles I don’t believe in plastic surgery, but I can be accused of the occasional plastic comment. Kiwi, the gay brother I refer to was a proud Canadian. His “War and Peace” lengthen link can be found if you google Rick Bebout. Rick was above all unselfish and suffered in the end. You might appreciate his site. It’s broken into chapters. He died in 2009.

  17. Gary says

    I’m on sale today. Get your comments in. Watching “Osage County” tonight per Kiwi’s suggestion. Had been meaning to. Watched “Transcendance” today in Westwood-okay.. I prefer bleak wordy dramas like “Virginia Wolfe” and classics like “Boys In The Band” My favorite film is “Delores Claibourne’ Raised in New England I could relate. No, this is not a Grinder ad. Get outside now. In California we can always go outside, so I’m not missing anything.

  18. Gary says

    Kiwi: Yes, I she was amazing in this film, as was Meryl. Loved her line about smoking. Sad that Julia had to face so much personal loss and media invasion after this film.

  19. jamal49 says

    Rubbish. It’s a good play not a great play and not a masterpiece. The Normal Heart is a soap opera and a vanity screed by Larry Kramer against his manufactured nemesis, the late Mayor Ed Koch. Angels In America is THE masterpiece about those dark days of The Plague and is a veritable masterpiece of American theatre.

  20. mark says

    Honestly, I’d rather see a well reasoned HBO special about various ways AIDS might end rather than another drama about the beginning.

    No disrespect for Larry…he’s a very intelligent man…read his books, you can learn a lot.

  21. mark says

    Honestly, I’d rather see a well reasoned HBO special about various ways AIDS might end rather than another drama about the beginning.

    No disrespect for Larry…he’s a very intelligent man…read his books, you can learn a lot.

  22. mark says

    Honestly, I’d rather see a well reasoned HBO special about various ways AIDS might end rather than another drama about the beginning.

    No disrespect for Larry…he’s a very intelligent man…read his books, you can learn a lot.

  23. mark says

    Honestly, I’d rather see a well reasoned HBO special about various ways AIDS might end rather than another drama about the beginning.

    No disrespect for Larry…he’s a very intelligent man…read his books, you can learn a lot.

  24. mark says

    Honestly, I’d rather see a well reasoned HBO special about various ways AIDS might end rather than another drama about the beginning.

    No disrespect for Larry…he’s a very intelligent man…read his books, you can learn a lot.

  25. mark says

    Honestly, I’d rather see a well reasoned HBO special about various ways AIDS might end rather than another drama about the beginning.

    No disrespect for Larry…he’s a very intelligent man…read his books, you can learn a lot.

  26. mark says

    Honestly, I’d rather see a well reasoned HBO special about various ways AIDS might end rather than another drama about the beginning.

    No disrespect for Larry…he’s a very intelligent man…read his books, you can learn a lot.

  27. mark says

    Honestly, I’d rather see a well reasoned HBO special about various ways AIDS might end rather than another drama about the beginning.

    No disrespect for Larry…he’s a very intelligent man…read his books, you can learn a lot.

  28. mark says

    Honestly, I’d rather see a well reasoned HBO special about various ways AIDS might end rather than another drama about the beginning.

    No disrespect for Larry…he’s a very intelligent man…read his books, you can learn a lot.

  29. mark says

    Honestly, I’d rather see a well reasoned HBO special about various ways AIDS might end rather than another drama about the beginning.

    No disrespect for Larry…he’s a very intelligent man…read his books, you can learn a lot.

  30. Kevin says

    I am with Bob R above. I will not watch this because I lived through this in San Francisco from 1978-1991, and left, with nearly all friends dead, to begin a new life in Hawaii.

    It is important that others see it, and Americans, it seems, want their history lessons in film form.

    As for Larry Kramer, love him or hate him – he has made an incredible mark on our Community in a time that was quite dark for people like us…lightweight contemporary gay darlings like Neil Patrick Harris and that fey skater (Weir?) could only hope to have a similar impact, and they, like all of us who survived, benefited from Larry’s tireless work…if any of my friends could come back, they would be blown away by the progress that has been made – unfortunately, some of that progress cost them their lives.

  31. Topol says

    The trailer is disjointed and does the movie no favors.

    I have seen the play twice, and can’t remember anything about the story. I do remember that the play felt very different from one cast to another, so here’s hoping the movie cast does something memorable.

  32. Pitt90 says

    It’s a beautiful play. Matt Bomer is also beautiful. However, those two beautiful things don’t necessarily equal a beautiful adaptation to film. Some of the casting is *very* questionable (especially if you’ve seen the play), so… yah. Kinda worried about this one.

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