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Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story (1992)

An AIDS-stricken woman becomes a leader in the struggle to educate people about the disease and its prevention.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Gertz
Carol Gertz
Roxana Zal ...
Dr. Feldman
Robert Bauer ...
Nancy McLoughlin ...
Victor Brandt ...
Dr. Bernie Siegel
Mrs. Barrett
Jerry Gertz
Jody Montana ...
Garn Stephens ...


Based on the true-life story of one young, pretty, intelligent, middle-class and HIV/AIDS stricken Alison (Ali) Gertz. Molly Ringwald plays the titular character who has to come to terms with her illness and the lives affected from all-sides, who, also having to come to terms with a new, modern disease and the dealings of ignorance that was the nineteen-eighties. This is Alison Gertz's story via her teachings of her condition to a world still waking-up to this social stigma and of the courage, sadness and love that her short life touched. Written by Cinema_Fan

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One moment of passion changed her life forever, but her courage inspired others.




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Release Date:

29 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fatal Love  »

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Did You Know?


Alison L. Gertz was born February 27, 1966 and passed away August 8, 1992. See more »


Referenced in Good Morning America: Episode dated 25 March 1992 (1992) See more »

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6 July 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I actually taped this movie 8 years ago and watched it for the first time since I had originally seen it. I loved the movie and thought Molly did a great job doing Alison. Lee and Martin did a good job too. I think that the best line in the whole film is when Alison says that most people think that AIDS is some kind of punishment for either taking drugs and/or sleeping around. That to me could not be a better line. I would not say this is the best movie regarding AIDS but one of the first that really try to deal with it early on......

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