6.5/10
366
10 user 2 critic

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.

Director:

Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fresh Horses (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A Cincinnati college student breaks off his engagement to his wealthy fiancée after he falls in love with a backwoods Kentucky girl he meets at a party. She claims to be 20 years old, but ... See full summary »

Director: David Anspaugh
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Patti D'Arbanville
For Keeps? (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After she gets pregnant, a teenage girl must decide whether she should keep the baby or not.

Director: John G. Avildsen
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Randall Batinkoff, Kenneth Mars
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A London accountant on his honeymoon gets swept away by gambling fever.

Director: James Scott
Stars: Robert Lindsay, Molly Ringwald, Marianne Price
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

P.K. runs away from home because her step-father keeps on harassing her sexually and her mother is ignoring the problem. She hides in the loading space of Kid Kane's pickup, who's on the ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Lombardo
Stars: Paul Le Mat, Molly Ringwald, Alex Rocco
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Based on the New York Times best-selling Christmas novel by Wally Lamb comes the new Christmas classic, starring Molly Ringwald and featuring Chevy Chase.

Director: Colin Theys
Stars: Chevy Chase, Molly Ringwald, Annabella Sciorra
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Offbeat fashion student Betsy Hopper and her strait-laced investment-banker fiancé, Jake Lovell, just want an intimate little wedding reception, but Betsy's father, Eddie, a Long Island ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Alda
Stars: Alan Alda, Molly Ringwald, Joey Bishop
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A womanizer meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the mafia.

Director: James Toback
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper
Surviving (TV Movie 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Promising student Rick Brogan discovers that his father whom he idolizes is cheating on his mother. Heartbroken, he finds comfort in the arms of his old crush but her father opposes the relationship which pushes Rick over the edge.

Director: Waris Hussein
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Len Cariou, Zach Galligan
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Lisa and Charlie Hunter, a divorced couple and former song writing team, spend a weekend in the French countryside in order to write one last song together. But Charlie's fiance isn't too ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Wiseman
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Patrick Dempsey, Lysette Anthony
Bastard Brood (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Tonie Marshall
Stars: Anémone, Nathalie Baye, François Cluzet
Malicious (1995)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A medical student, obsessed with her school's star baseball player, pursues him and finally manages to get him to spend the weekend with her. However, when he soon returns to his girlfriend... See full summary »

Director: Ian Corson
Stars: Molly Ringwald, John Vernon, Patrick McGaw
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Three short stories come to the screen, each focused on a man and a woman. The first is set in the 1940s, the other two in the 1920s. In "The Man in a Brooks Brothers Suit," a businessman ... See full summary »

Directors: Frederic Raphael, Tony Richardson, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Beau Bridges, Felipe García Vélez, Melanie Griffith
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Alison Gertz
...
Carol Gertz
...
Mark
...
Tracy
...
Dr. Feldman
...
David
...
Lindy
...
Peter
...
Ben
...
Nancy
Victor Brandt ...
Dr. Bernie Siegel
...
Mrs. Barrett
...
Jerry Gertz
Jody Montana ...
Darren
Garn Stephens ...
Gwen
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fatal Love  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

Referenced in Rent (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A truly great film about a devastating subject
5 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Ever since I can remember I have had a massive crush on Molly Ringwald who in this film takes on the best role of her career as Alison Gertz a truly inspirational woman who died of aids in 1992. Molly and a great supporting cast show the true devastation that this disease causes on a person with (at the time of infection) no previous sexual experience, no drug taking past and no history of blood transfusion. The best line of the film is when Alison stands up and says "look at me, i am the face of aids" showing that despite some peoples misconceptions people with aids look no different to you and me.

The film makes good use of its lead characters and makes what could have easily been a typically preachy TV-movie into a viewing experience that (whilst sometimes unpleasant) is educating and informative whilst not being boring.

Molly received (quite rightly) an emmy award for her acting in this film and it is easy to see why as when you view this film you feel as if you are living the experience with her and a good performer should make you feel this way during any acting performance. This tele-film has affected me in a way that no other tele-film has done before or since. It has a stellar cast (Lee Grant and Martin Landau as the parents) its doesn't preach and doesn't pretend to be something that it isn't. If this had been a big Hollywood blockbuster then the story would not have been so well told and would have been padded out. This film should be shown in schools to educate young people of the dangers of aids.

What makes the film really magnificent is how it challenges people's beliefs about aids and presents a true story in a well written non-preachy and non-patronising way. Well acted and a true masterpiece thats very rare in TV-movie land.

If you would like to know more about Alison Gertz and pledge your support for aids victims then please visit www.loveheals.org thanks!

For the benifit of those not in the know this movie is called Fatal Love here in the u.k and is available on Odyssey video


10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page