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
A threat no one dared face. A word no one wanted to speak. A fight for many, fought by few.
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Produced despite heavy misgivings in the film industry. When film star Richard Gere
accepted a small role, he broke the taboos - at grave risk to his career - about both the subject and major film stars taking small parts in TV productions. Subsequently Steve Martin
, Alan Alda
, Phil Collins
and Anjelica Huston
were willing to appear. See more
This movie is set early 1980s, but there is a box of Wheatables from the early 1990s on the coffee table. See more
Roger Gail Lyon
This is not a political issue. This is a health issue. This is not a gay issue. This is a human issue. And I do not intend to be defeated by it. I came here today in the hope that my epitaph would not read that I died of red tape.
Composed, Arranged and Performed by Michal Urbaniak See more