Plot[ edit ] Part One: Joe hesitates to accept out of concern for his agoraphobicvalium -addicted wife Harper, who refuses to move. Harper suspects that Joe does not love her in the same way she loves him, which is confirmed when Joe confesses his homosexuality. Harper retreats into drug-fueled escapist fantasies, including a dream where she crosses paths with Prior even though the two of them have never met in the real world.
Torn by pressure from Roy and a burgeoning infatuation with Louis, Joe drunkenly comes out to his conservative mother Hannah, who reacts badly. Concerned for her son, she sells her house in Salt Lake City and travels to New York to help repair his marriage.
Meanwhile, a drug-addled Harper has fled their apartment after a confrontation with Joe, wandering the streets of Brooklyn believing she is in Antarctica as Joe and Louis tentatively begins an affair. Defiantly refusing to publicly admit he is gay, Roy instead declares he has liver cancer.
Facing disbarment for borrowing money from a client, Roy is determined to beat the case so he can die a lawyer and he attempts to position Joe in the Justice Department with the aim of having a friend in a useful place. When Joe at last refuses his offer, he flies into a rage and collapses in pain.
As he awaits transport to the hospital, he is visited by the ghost of Ethel Rosenbergwhom he prosecuted in her trial for espionage, and who was executed after Roy illegally lobbied the judge for the death penalty. Prior begins to hear an angelic voice telling him to prepare for her arrival, and receives visits from a pair of ghosts who claim to be his own ancestors, who inform him he is a prophet.
Prior does not know if these visitations are caused by an emotional breakdown or if they are real. At the end of Part One, Prior is visited by an angelwho crashes through his bedroom ceiling and proclaims that "the Great Work" has begun.
Perestroika[ edit ] At the funeral of a friend, a shaken Prior relates his encounter with the Angel to Belize. God, bored with the angels, made mankind with the power to change and create.
The progress of mankind on Earth caused Heaven to suffer earthquake-like tremors and physically deteriorate.
Finally, on the day of the San Francisco earthquake inGod abandoned Heaven. The Angel brings Prior a message for mankind—"stop moving!
Belize believes that Prior is projecting his own fears of abandonment into an elaborate hallucination, but Prior suspects that his illness is the prophecy taking physical form, and that the only way the Angel can force him to deliver her message is to die.
Roy lands at the hospital in the care of Belize, where his condition rapidly declines. He manages to use his political clout to acquire a private stash of the experimental drug AZTat the expense of withholding the drug from participants in a drug trial.
Alone in a hospital, Cohn finds himself increasingly isolated, with only Belize, who despises him, and the ghost of Ethel for company. Joe visits Roy, who is near death, and receives a final, paternal blessing from his mentor. However, when Joe confesses he has left Harper for a man, Roy rejects him in a violent reaction of fear and rage, ordering him to return to his wife and cover up his indiscretion.Free movie vs.
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