I think that this film probably spoke to a certain time in America - AIDS in America in the '80s. I like Mike Nicholls films usually, but I found this one self-indulgent. Parts of it are so slow that they are almost stagnant. The acting however is superb. I wouldn't recommend it to a friend who like stories that move towards a conclusion.
This movie was great, story line excellent and I was lucky to be able to watch both one after the other. Dealing with aids epidemic is a bit old now but the actors did play wonderful roles
Not a bad movie but would have preferred to receive both DVD together first part very interesting movie you have to watch very closely other wise you miss the story lines and as we have received 3 other DVD since returning part 1 still waiting prt 2 think watching prt 2 could prove a bit difficult did order both DVD together don't know what happened strongly suggest anyone ordering request both DVD to arrive together
Sorry - this lost me after 2 hours. Acknowledging the very fine actors and their character intepretations, I just couldn't sit through it any more. Very complex
An interesting story with great performances, especially from Pacino and Streep and I'm normally not a fan of either and mary-Louise Parker who is one of my favourites. With the dream sequences it is a rather surreal experience and in some parts it's really obvious that it's adapted from a play but I managed to lose myself in the story - ghosts and all. And did I mention those performances? Not often you see acting like that.
greatest TV mini-series ever
Having missed this on TV I figured I would hire it out on dvd. I must say I was patiently rewarded with a huge epic, albeit rather lengthy (5hrs+ is way too long, it should be cut to 3). Encapsulates a futurists version of late 20th Century America amidst extreme Regaenism/Republicism and the alarming insidious intrusion of AIDS into peoples lives. Throw in some very distorted, at times sacrireligious takes on christianity and the Biblical end of the world and you have one very original movie. YOu just need to totally dedicate all your attention to the imagery, at times insane dialogue occurring between the characters. I think the director tried to cram too much in since as I say there was a pt where it could have ended succinctly instead of dragging on and on...
Didnt really enjoy this, found it hard to get into and was quite odd at times...made more for american audiences.
The most stunning telemovie made for television - ever. If your idea of a great film is Dude, Where's My Car? then this is not the DVD for you. Also if you are, in any way, homophobic, you will probably prefer to eat glass than watch this.
Please don't bother to watch this movie. It is pretty boring and time consuming.
If you're looking for something a littler different, I'd recommend you watch this one.
I thought this teleseries won multiple awards recently, if so what for? It was just to tiresome.
Very dated movie tried to persevere but could not watch the last hour.
There are no denying the great performances from the talented cast, but this is essentially four and a half plus hours of very slow, personal, intellectually-challenging play-drama that is generously laced with politics, religious and social mores of the 80s; AIDS and homosexuality being in the forefront. Only for serious, liberal-minded viewers.
Weird storyline which tries to mix politics and religious issues.