57 user 18 critic

And the Band Played On (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 11 September 1993
The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it.



(book), (teleplay)
3,248 ( 79)

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

What the Deaf Man Heard (TV Movie 1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Arriving in a new town, a child pretends to be deaf-mute to protect himself - a ruse which works so well that for twenty years he is custodian to all the town's secrets.

Director: John Kent Harrison
Stars: Matthew Modine, Claire Bloom, Judith Ivey
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s.

Director: Norman René
Stars: Stephen Caffrey, Patrick Cassidy, Brian Cousins
An Early Frost (TV Movie 1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A young lawyer hasn't told his parents about his homosexuality. Now he must tell them--at a time when the diagnosis was still a death sentence--that he has AIDS.

Director: John Erman
Stars: Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Sylvia Sidney
The Normal Heart (TV Movie 2014)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A gay activist attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s.

Director: Ryan Murphy
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff, Frank De Julio
Twins (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

On the eve of his wedding Daniel meets again with his true love-his identical twin brother Jan. For the last five years he's been running away from his feelings. Now, on his stag night he is being tested once more.

Director: Florian Gottschick
Stars: Stefan Schönenberg, Tobias Schönenberg, Natalie Krane
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A chronological look at films by, for, or about (or 'by, for, and about') homosexuals in the United States, from 1947 to 2005, from Kenneth Anger's 'Fireworks' to Ang Lee's 'Brokeback ... See full summary »

Directors: Lisa Ades, Lesli Klainberg
Stars: Tom Arnold, Randy Barbato, Dan Bucatinsky
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Time Flies When You're Alive is a gripping one-man show. Paul Linke recounts, in no small detail the highs and lows of his marriage, specifically around his wife's losing struggle with ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Paul Linke
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A fictionalized account of what may have happened when John Lennon and Brian Epstein went on holiday together to Spain in 1963.

Director: Christopher Munch
Stars: David Angus, Ian Hart, Stephanie Pack
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Murray Head
Dorian Blues (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

High school senior Dorian begins a gay man's odyssey when he determines that he's gay and decides to come out. Chief among concerns is the reaction of his father, who has never liked him.

Director: Tennyson Bardwell
Stars: Michael McMillian, Lea Coco, Steve Fletcher
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Sebastien is a small town boy who moves to Paris and begins to explore the gay night life there. When a friend from back home calls to announce he's coming to Paris, Sebastien confronts some unrequited feelings.

Directors: Bernard Alapetite, Cyril Legann
Stars: Benoît Delière, Johnny Amaro, Thibault Boucaux


Cast overview, first billed only:


This is the story of the first years of the AIDS epidemic in the United States and focuses on three key elements. Dr. Don Francis, an immunologist with experience in eradicating smallpox and containing the Ebola virus, joins the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to try and understand just what this disease is. They also have deal with bureaucracy and a government that doesn't seem to care. The gay community in San Francisco is divided on the nature of the disease but also what should be done about it. Finally, the film deals with the rivalry between Dr. Robert Gallo, the American virologist who previously discovered the first retrovirus and his French counterpart at the Pasteur Institute, Dr. Luc Montagnier, that led to disputed claims about who was first to identify the AIDS virus. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

aids | gay | disease | cdc | death | See All (69) »


A threat no one dared face. A word no one wanted to speak. A fight for many, fought by few.




PG-13 | See all certifications »




| |

Release Date:

11 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

...und das Leben geht weiter  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Mary Guinan was Nevada's State Health Officer in the early 2000s. She has since retired. See more »


The movie presents January 4, 1983 as the date when the term AIDS was created in a proposition in the CDC, in Atlanta. The real meeting where the term was developed was July 27, 1982, and the reunion took place in Washington. (Source: Time Magazine) See more »


Dr. Don Francis: This may be the first epidemic in history of which no one officially died.
See more »


Features A Room with a View (1985) See more »


The Last Song
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent as was the book it's taken from
11 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I decided to watch this movie again tonight for the first time in several years. I lived in San Francisco when the epidemic began and had a first hand view of the fear, paranoia, and grief.

The movie brings back memories of worrying about my gay child and many of my friends. We attended more than a few memorial services. My son, praise be, is fine.

The best thing about watching it so many years later is to realize how far we've come since then. AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was. The book and the film did a great deal to raise public awareness. HBO was courageous, the actors were all first class and I believe it was realistic in its portrayal of the heroes, the villains, and the public ignorance and apathy of the time.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Author was gay and died of AIDS jessx2001
Is this serious? edunn6185
HIV Positive Celebs jbk728
Photo Montage ??? gisele799
Omitted from the Film - don francis, blood banks and the gov't Before_Sunrise
Discredited? erichanthorne
Discuss And the Band Played On (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page