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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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Alison Gertz
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Carol Gertz
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Mark
Roxana Zal ...
Tracy
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Dr. Feldman
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David
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Lindy
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Peter
Robert Bauer ...
Ben
Nancy McLoughlin ...
Nancy
Victor Brandt ...
Dr. Bernie Siegel
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Mrs. Barrett
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Jerry Gertz
Jody Montana ...
Darren
Garn Stephens ...
Gwen
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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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29 March 1992 (USA)  »

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

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

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Alison Gertz-The Role Model to All The AIDS Infectors.
27 March 2005 | by (China) – See all my reviews

"Alison Gertz-The Role Model to All The AIDS Infectors." is the first and only sentence I speak out by the light of nature after I feelingly watched this great movie. Alison is a great character. She enjoyed everything like other girls in 20s. Having boyfriends and attended various public meetings or parties, she is a active, recognized-charming and little-unbridled lady. On the eve of her marriage, something shocking happened to her. What a shocking thing that can make her marriage waterloo ? The disease-AIDS !! Our character Alison was diagnosed a AIDS infector. Everything changed and she now just can stay in bed for endless time waiting the nurses helping her doing everything. What Alison undergo in the future of combating with AIDS and whether she become stronger are the common remained thoughts that will in watcher's mind. Leading actress Molly did a great job. She showed me how Alison-a infant AIDS Infector-grow with conquering and finally became a mature leader as the mentally successful conquer of AIDS which is a disease that changed her life. I very much appreciate the character Alison and Molly's great performance of this special and hard role. In the movie, the role Alison's Father, Mother and her best friend also very important. Their reflections to Alison's disease and the very moment that realizing she is a AIDS infector somewhat reflect the director's view about how people treat their family members, friends or best friends when they realized they are AIDS infectors. So, this movie is like a mirror where you can see what different people do in face of a AIDS infector who maybe their friend, one of the family members or loved one. Alison have three boy friends at different life periods. However, only one of them, a Israeli boy who give Alison a book called LOVE MEDICINE and HOPE, helped Alison by emotional cares. Other two all leave her away with disloyal excuses which made Alison deeply in sad for a long time. Directed by Mcloughlin, this is a movie with a perfect ending like Lost in Translation (2001). Different from Lost in Translation which is sad love story, the story line of Something to live for : The Alison Gertz Story is dealing with one person's experience towards something that is sad. The Alison Gertz Story is filmed and shown on TV in 1992, 13 years later the issue AIDS is still a serious case throughout the world. In America, in Europe, in Asia and in Africa specially, this monster (AIDS) eats up a great amount of normal people's normal life. Each AIDS Awareness Day, we remember them in heart. As South Africa's worldwide show 46664 held by former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, AIDS has been awared in the most stricken area-Africa. And, to us, REwatch Something to live for : The Alison Gertz Story (1992) TV is a great education that can affect on our ideology deeply towards the AIDS or potentially AIDS infectors. For the forever combat with AIDS, For the people around us, For AIDS infectors, For everyone, it worth rewatching this 1992-made TV movie as a great education !


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