Three episodes from one of the first sit-coms to take on controversial social issues. Emotive readings of Shakespeare sonnets by Judi Dench. Set in 1985, this made for television drama revolves around two very different men with AIDS.
Judging Books by Covers: Archie ridicules Mike and Gloria's intellectual friend Roger for being gay, but he is straight as an arrow. Follows the struggle of a handful of strong-willed men and women who took on the fight to save lives in the face of a mysterious illness now called AIDS. Roy Cohn, personifies all the hypocrisy, delusion and callousness of the official response to the plague.
Archie later discovers that his macho drinking buddy is gay and proud of it. Cast: Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Phil Collins, Richard Gere, Anjelica Huston, Steve Martin, Ian Mc Kellan, Lily Tomlin, Glenne Headly, Swoosie Kurtz, Richard Masur, Saul Rubinek, Charles Martin Smith, B. Nothing shakes Roy's lack of empathy: even on his death bed, he's fighting with his gay nurse and taunting the woman he helped put to death, Ethel Rosenberg.
(Also contains two other espisodes: Gloria discovers women's lib, and Gloria poses in the nude.) 1971. The other patient is Prior Walter, who is visited by an angel and deserted by his self-pitying lover, Louis. Contents: Fireworks (1947, 15 min.) -- Puce moment (1949, 6 min.) -- Rabbit's moon (La lune des lapins) (1950, 16 min.) / Puck Film Productions -- Eaux d'artifice (1953, 13 min.) -- Inauguration of the pleasure dome (1954, 38 min.).
Even more astounding, she wove into this cartoonish story strands of heartfelt emotional yearning that continue to resonate almost a century later." [Bret Wood, TCM] Barrios, Richard.