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Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

A collection of profiles of people dead from AIDS who are remembered in the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sara Lewinstein Sara Lewinstein ... Storyteller (story subject: Dr. Tom Waddell)
David Mandell David Mandell ... Storyteller (story subject: David Mandell Jr.)
Suzi Mandell Suzi Mandell ... Storyteller (story subject: David Mandell Jr.)
Sallie Perryman Sallie Perryman ... Storyteller (story subject: Robert Perryman)
Vito Russo ... Storyteller (story subject: Jeffrey Sevcik)
Tracy Torrey Tracy Torrey ... Storyteller (story subject: himself and David C. Campbell)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregg Baker Gregg Baker ... Self - News Reporter (archive footage)
Gary Bauer Gary Bauer ... Self - Policy Advisor to the President (archive footage)
Robert Bazell Robert Bazell ... Self - News Reporter (archive footage)
Kevin Boyle Kevin Boyle ... Self - News Reporter (archive footage)
Edward Brandt Edward Brandt ... Self - Assistant Secretary for Health (archive footage)
Tom Brokaw ... Self - News Reporter (archive footage)
Bobbi Campbell Bobbi Campbell ... Self (archive footage)
David C. Campbell David C. Campbell ... Self (archive footage)
Marcus A. Conant Marcus A. Conant ... Self (archive footage) (as Marcus A. Conant M.D.)
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This film recounts the lives and deaths of various victims of AIDS who are commemorated in the AIDS quilt. It is a massive cloth collecting each piece as a memorial for each victim of the disease to both show the death toll and to show the humanity of the victims to those who would rather demonize them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminhos Cruzados See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The documentary was the first project of Dolly Parton and Sandy Gallin's Sandollar Productions not to feature Parton (having previously produced her film "A Smoky Mountain Christmas" in 1986 and her ABC variety series "Dolly" in 1987-88). Subsequent projects from their company included the Steve Martin "Father of the Bride" films, "Shinning Through," "Sabrina," "IQ," and "Buffy The Vampire Slayer." See more »

Quotes

Narrator: It took Rock Hudson's death to capture America's attention. By that time, AIDS had already killed 15 thousand of other Americans. Rock Hudson is the most famous name in the giant quilt, a memorial to ten thousand names of men, women and children who came along very different roads to the same fate.
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Featured in Making the Boys (2011) See more »

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Common Threads
Written and Performed by Bobby McFerrin
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A deeply moving TV experience.
4 May 2000 | by TIGGER-39See all my reviews

I was actually looking for something else today when I came across this. I remember seeing this several years ago & still recall it clearly. I've never been a big bobby McFerrin fan, but the theme music that he came up with is deeply human and touching. It accents the somber tone of the presentation extremely well. I remember sitting there struck silent by the magnitude of human suffering expressed in the form of those quilts. If more filmmakers had the kind of heart those two have, the world would be a better place for all of us. Gay and Straight alike.


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