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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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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 ... Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Gary Bauer Gary Bauer ... Himself - Policy Advisor to the President (archive footage)
Robert Bazell Robert Bazell ... Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Kevin Boyle Kevin Boyle ... Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Edward Brandt Edward Brandt ... Himself - Assistant Secretary for Health (archive footage)
Tom Brokaw ... Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Bobbi Campbell Bobbi Campbell ... Himself (archive footage)
David C. Campbell David C. Campbell ... Himself (archive footage)
Marcus A. Conant Marcus A. Conant ... Himself (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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aids | memorial | quilt | homosexual | hiv | See All (38) »


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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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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 The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) See more »

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Common Threads
Written and Performed by Bobby McFerrin
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Still Holds Up...
19 January 2017 | by jandrews-65646See all my reviews

I am a health teacher who has used this film many years ago..but had thought it might have been too old to use now. But after giving it a lot of thought, NOW is the time to show the film more than ever as kids today (and many young adults) do not know the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how those caught up in the early stigma filled days, coped with the disease. Of course stigma still exists around the subject, but this movie brings a compelling human face to the tragedy and neglect that was brought about through ignorance and prejudice.

The haunting images of the past, coupled with the story telling, create a 'must view' for today. As others have said, it packs a powerful punch, so be aware of the difficult outcomes of those involved. This film is definitely 'one for the ages'...


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