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.
Did You Know?
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
At the fight in the diner scene where Dr. Don Francis learns he's being transferred to San Francisco he is wearing a wedding ring. Throughout the rest of the movie the ring is not there. See more
Congressman Phil Burton
I'll introduce a bill. But if all the angels came dancing down to earth like the Rockettes, even they couldn't get a dime out of this administration for anything with the name "gay" on it.
Composed, Arranged and Performed by Michal Urbaniak See more