Angels in America

Season 1 Episode 1

Part 1 Millennium Approaches

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 07, 2003 on HBO
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Part 1 Millennium Approaches
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Prior, newly diagnosed with AIDS, must deal with the abandonment of his partner Louis, and increasing hallucinations; a Mormon mother comes to New York to rescue her son's marriage, and Roy Cohn checks into the hospital.

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    Al Pacino

    Al Pacino

    Roy Cohn

    Mary-Louise Parker

    Mary-Louise Parker

    Harper Pitt

    Patrick Wilson

    Patrick Wilson

    Joe Pitt

    Ben Shenkman

    Ben Shenkman

    Louis Ironson / Angel of Oceania

    Emma Thompson

    Emma Thompson

    Nurse Emily / Homeless Woman / Angel of America

    Jeffrey Wright

    Jeffrey Wright

    Belize / Mr. Lies / Angel of Europe

    Brian Markinson

    Brian Markinson

    Martin Heller

    Guest Star

    James Cromwell

    James Cromwell

    Roy's Doctor

    Guest Star

    Melissa Wilder

    Melissa Wilder

    Louis's Sister

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      • Roy Cohn: Your problem, Henry, is that you are hung up on words, on labels, that you believe they mean what they seem to mean. AIDS. Homosexual. Gay. Lesbian. You think these are names that tell you who someone sleeps with; they don't tell you that. No. Like all labels they tell you one thing and one thing only: where does an individual so identified fit in the food chain, in the pecking order? Not ideology, or sexual taste, but something much simpler: clout. Not who I fuck or who fucks me, but who will pick up the phone when I call, who owes me favors. This is what a label refers to. Now to someone who does not understand this, homosexual is what I am because I have sex with men. But really this is wrong. Homosexuals are not men who sleep with other men. Homosexuals are men who in fifteen years of trying cannot pass a pissant anti-discrimination bill through City Council. Homosexuals are men who know nobody and who nobody knows. Who have zero clout. Does this sound like me, Henry?

      • Harper Pitt: I wish I could go traveling. Things aren't right with me.
        (Harper opens cabinet door in bathroom to remove pill container. She closes the door, which reveals Mr. Lies' reflection in the mirror. She gasps.)
        Mr. Lies: Cash, check, or credit card?
        Harper Pitt: You startled me.
        Mr. Lies: Cash, check, or–
        Harper Pitt: I remember you. You're from Salt Lake. You sold us the plane tickets when we flew here. What are you doing in Brooklyn?
        Mr. Lies: You said you wanted to travel.

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      • Music in This Episode:


        "Solitude" by Duke Ellington


        "Moon River" by Henry Mancini


        "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails" by Frank Sinatra


        "So Fresh" by Nature


        "I'm His Child" by Zella Jackson Price


        "Life & Death" by Nature


        "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" by George Lewis and His Ragtime Band


        "Supa High" by Nature

      • HBO broadcast this as a three-hour event on two Sundays from 8-11 pm E/P each night. They then repackaged each of the six chapters as one-hour episodes to be rebroadcast in the week following each premiere. Millennium Approaches was broken down into "Bad News," "In Vitro" and "The Messenger." These ran Monday-Wednesday at 8 pm E/P and played again Thursday-Saturday at 10 pm E/P December 8-13, 2003.

      • This episode is based on Tony Kushner's play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part One: Millennium Approaches (1991). This part won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 1993 Tony Award for Best Play.

      • The episode was filmed in various boroughs of New York City and Tivoli, Lazio, Italy — approximately 19 miles (30 km) outside of Rome.

      • This part was nominated for seventeen Emmy awards, and it went on to win ten: Miniseries, Directing, Writing, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Casting, Art Direction, and Makeup—all with designation "in a Miniseries."

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