The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder.

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Jeanne White
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Ryan White
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Harley
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Andrea White
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Dr. Kleiman
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Tom (as Mitch Ryan)
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The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder. Written by <worldchanger38@hotmail.com>

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The real Andrea White appeared in the movie as a girl on the school bus (sitting behind the brunette girl who gets into a fight with her movie counterpart). See more »

Quotes

Reporter: All this attention must be a lot for you.
Ryan White: Doesn't bother me.
Reporter: What does bother you?
Ryan White: Things I hear people say. Like that I spit on vegetables at the supermarket. Especially when I hear them say, "We know how you really got it."
Reporter: What do you mean?
Ryan White: People think I'm gay. Gays aren't the only ones who get it.
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A shot of Judith Light, Lukas Haas, and Nikki Cox fades into a shot of the real Jeanne White, Ryan White, and Andrea White. See more »

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Referenced in My Brother's Keeper (1995) See more »

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Written and composed by John Mellencamp
Performed by John Mellencamp
Furnished by EMI Full Keel Music (ASCAP)
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The Ultimate Movie Review! - http://tss5078.blogspot.com - @tss5078
30 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ryan White became the face of AIDS in 1985. He was a 13 year old boy who was denied the right to go to school, because he had AIDS. Back then, people didn't know that AIDS was relatively hard to contract and that you couldn't get it from casual contact. When this young High School boy tried to attend school, in Kokomo Indiana, the towns people fought back. The hatred and torture this family had to go through was utterly shocking and eerily similar to the plight of the first African American students, who tried to attend all white schools. Lukas Haas stars as White in this 1989 film. Even 5 years later, there was still a major stigma attached to AIDS and it must have been an extremely difficult role to play. Judith Light, of Who's The Boss Fame, plays his mother. As is the case with most of these made for TV films, she was pretty good, but gave a performance that was way over the top. Being made for TV, especially in the 80s, films had to be extremely toned down. They would make up for what they couldn't show, by really playing on your emotions and really pushing these over the top performances, to the point where they become almost laughable. The cast is rounded out by the legendary George C. Scott who plays White's attorney, a man who took the case for free and gained none of the recognition that he deserved. Finally, White himself makes a cameo as another AIDS patient in the pediatric wing. Today, we don't see many people in the final stages of AIDS, as people with the disease can now live for 20-30 years without complications. To see this young kid with his pale skin, weighing about 100 pounds, featuring lesions on his face, and showing everyone his feeding tube was truly heartbreaking. Sometimes it takes the most unlikely of heroes to open up the minds of the public. Ryan White never made it out of his teenage years, but was still a man of tremendous courage who will be remembered and honored for generations to come.


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