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Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1990)

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A collection of profiles of people dead from AIDS who are remembered in the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

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Credited cast:
Sara Lewinstein ...
Storyteller (story subject: Dr. Tom Waddell)
David Mandell ...
Storyteller (story subject: David Mandell Jr.)
Suzi Mandell ...
Storyteller (story subject: David Mandell Jr.)
Sallie Perryman ...
Storyteller (story subject: Robert Perryman)
Vito Russo ...
Storyteller (story subject: Jeffrey Sevcik)
Tracy Torrey ...
Storyteller (story subject: himself and David C. Campbell)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregg Baker ...
Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Gary Bauer ...
Himself - Policy Advisor to the President (archive footage)
Robert Bazell ...
Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Kevin Boyle ...
Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Edward Brandt ...
Himself - Assistant Secretary for Health (archive footage)
Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Bobbi Campbell ...
Himself (archive footage)
David C. Campbell ...
Himself (archive footage)
Marcus A. Conant ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Marcus A. Conant M.D.)


This film recounts the lives and deaths of various victims of AIDS who are commemorated in the AIDS quilt. It is a massive cloth collecting each piece as a memorial for each victim of the disease to both show the death toll and to show the humanity of the victims to those who would rather demonize them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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26 October 1990 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Caminhos Cruzados  »

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Narrator: It took Rock Hudson's death to capture America's attention. By that time, AIDS had already killed 15 thousand of other Americans. Rock Hudson is the most famous name in the giant quilt, a memorial to ten thousand names of men, women and children who came along very different roads to the same fate.
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Written and Performed by Bobby McFerrin
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Belongs in your heart
17 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've got to say that I hadn't thought of this incredible film in a while, but it came up recently (the current year is 2009) and I decided to check out the reviews here. The reviews, all by themselves, and the memory of the film, and the music, and of what the film meant and of the stories of the people in it, made me cry all over again--THAT'S how powerful it is, memories of it in my heart 20 years later.

In my view, this movie should be required viewing for all those people out there who still hate. And for all those precious people out there who genuinely love, this movie will find a welcome home in your heart, whether this be a first viewing, or a refreshed memory from decades ago.

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