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And the Band Played On (1993)

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

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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

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aids | disease | gay | cdc | epidemic | See All (64) »

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

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BD Wong and Stephen Spinella later appeared in The Normal Heart (2014), another HBO film on the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980's. See more »

Goofs

The English subtitle translation of the French sequences contains errors. Most are minor, such as the English subtitles saying patients were afraid to come to a French hospital when the actual French said they were refusing to come, but in the first hospital scene, the doctor actually talks about "plaques" rather than "warts" as the subtitles indicated; plaques are the classic presentation of Kaposi's sarcoma. See more »

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Tragic and moving history
30 August 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This HBO TV movie is far better than the average TV film. It tells the frightening story of the evolution of AIDS which might have been slowed or even prevented if politicians had not been afraid to talk about it.

The strong cast does an excellent job, especially Modine and McKellan. I found the story, based on Randy Shilts' book, very touching. The title metaphor is apt -- the band played on as the Titanic sank.


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