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The Ryan White Story (1989)

The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder.

Director:

John Herzfeld

Writers:

Phil Penningroth (story), Phil Penningroth (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Light ... Jeanne White
Lukas Haas ... Ryan White
Michael Bowen ... Harley
Nikki Cox ... Andrea White
George Dzundza ... Dr. Kleiman
Valerie Landsburg ... Loretta
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Laura
Mitchell Ryan ... Tom (as Mitch Ryan)
Peter Scolari ... David Day
Grace Zabriskie ... Gloria White
George C. Scott ... Charles Vaughan Sr.
Kathy Wagner ... Sue Hatch
Casey Ellison Casey Ellison ... Heath
Cliff Bemis ... WKKI Radio
Mark Joy ... Charles Vaughan Jr.
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The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder. Written by <worldchanger38@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ryan White Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Russiaville, Indiana, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The real Andrea White appeared in the movie as a girl on the school bus (sitting behind the brunette girl who gets into a fight with her movie counterpart). See more »

Quotes

Judith Light: I'm Judith Light. The film you are about to see 'The Ryan White Story' is being shown in an encore presentation as a tribute to Ryan.
[Narrating]
Judith Light: I played his mother, Jeanne, and through the filming I came to know him. I remember Ryan for his enthusiasm and his passion for life. He was with us from start to finish as we filmed his story. He was everywhere; caring, helping; and above all savoring the experience. I will forever miss him. His courage inspired us; his sheer warmed us; and his grace ...
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Crazy Credits

A shot of Judith Light, Lukas Haas, and Nikki Cox fades into a shot of the real Jeanne White, Ryan White, and Andrea White. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Brother's Keeper (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Authority Song
(uncredited)
Written by John Mellencamp
Performed by Sarah Jessica Parker and Lukas Haas
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A True Tale Of Courage & Determination...
25 July 2003 | by Blooeyz2001See all my reviews

This is the story of the late Ryan White & his family. After contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion, he's refused the chance to return to school (in his hometown of Kokomo, Indiana) after he becomes well from an opportunistic infection. Since it's the early 1980's not much is really known about HIV, so ignorance is rampant in this hick/redneck town & people make their lives miserable. Judith Light is excellent as Jeanne White, Ryan's mom. Fighting along with her son for his right to an education. The expression on her face as she watches the welcome reception he receives, at a new school after they move to a different town, conveys the happiness only a mom could feel for her child.


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