Sometimes, as in the case of this mini-series, all the right elements come together to produce one of the best achievements in American television.
We can be thankful to Tony Kushner for the magnificent play in which this is based. We can give thanks to Mike Nichols for his vision on the possibilities of the material and for assembling and directing the best talent of this generation.
This is such a compelling drama that it would be very hard to get it from one's mind any time soon. The tragedy of AIDS is seen through the playwright eyes. Mr. Kushner presents us different stories that have the same thing in common, basically. He never passes judgment about what caused these people to be afflicted by the disease.
Kudos to an enormous talented cast as they get lost in their roles and in the story. Everything seems real, even though it is fiction.
Angels in America
We know about 16 Goofs. Here comes one of them: Anachronisms The Coke can from which Joe drinks in the 1985 time setting (outside Justice with Lou) has the label "Coca-Cola Classic", rather than "Coke" or "New Coke" (introduced on 23 April that year). The design of the can is from 2002, not 1985.
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Shortly before his death in 2014, director Mike Nichols revealed that out of all the films he had directed in his lifetime, he considered this to be his magnum opus.
Jeffrey Wright was the only member of the original Broadway cast to appear in the film version.
The Central Park fountain that is prominently featured in Kushner's play and its film adaptation is officially titled "The Angel of the Waters" and familiarly known as "The Bethesda Fountain." It was installed in 1873 and sculpted by artist Emma Stebbins (1815-1882), who was the first woman to be commissioned to create a sculpture for the City of New York. Stebbins was also the sister of the president of the Central Park Board of Commissioners, and the longtime romantic partner of world-famous actress Charlotte Saunders Cushman. In 2011, Lapham's Quarterly Magazine reported that while sculpting the statue, Stebbins used Cushman as the model for the angel's body.
Sir Michael Gambon reportedly threatened violence on anyone on set who addressed him by his full proper title.
When Louis speaks to the Rabbi played by Meryl Streep after his grandmother's funeral, two of the rabbis also sitting on the cemetery bench are played by Tony Kushner (who wrote the play and screenplay) and children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who collaborated on the book Brundibar with Kushner.