The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart

Ryan Murphy (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Mark Ruffalo gives a heart-rending performance as a gay rights activist attempting to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the early 1980s. His story, drawing inevitable comparisons with Angels in America (2003), offers a much more straightforward document that vividly captures a moment in history at the beginning of the epidemic. Director Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee) occasionally has difficulty converting the style of the original play to the screen (even though writer Larry Kramer was brought on to adapt his own work) but his passion for the subject is evident. A star cast that includes Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts all make a big impression, although none quite match Ruffalo. There's a desperation to the actor's performance that encapsulates this often heartbreaking story of a people as much under attack by the outside world as they are by any virus.


A doctor in 1980s New York treats some of the first people in America to be diagnosed with Aids, while a gay rights activist investigates the new disease that people around him are dying from. However, they both face opposition from medical authorities, which refuse to recognise the danger. Fact-based drama, with Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts.

Cast & Crew

Ned Weeks Mark Ruffalo
Felix Turner Matt Bomer
Bruce Niles Taylor Kitsch
Tommy Boatwright Jim Parsons
Emma Brookner Julia Roberts
Ben Weeks Alfred Molina
Mickey Marcus Joe Mantello
Craig Donner Jonathan Groff
John Bruno Corey Stoll
Director Ryan Murphy
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