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The Ryan White Story (1989)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 16 January 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 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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They said he couldn't go to school. They said he couldn't play with other kids. Everybody said he didn't belong anywhere. But his family believed all kids deserve a normal life. Even a kid with AIDS.

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Biography | Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Judith Light commented once that for Ryan White this was the most exciting thing he had ever gotten to do, being in a movie about his court battle with the Kokomo, Indiana School District about his attending school with AIDS. At the time of this movie which starts in December of 1984, not much was known about the disease and it caused a lot of people to worry about how it could be spread and contracted. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: All this attention must be a lot for you.
Ryan White: Doesn't bother me.
Reporter: What does bother you?
Ryan White: Things I hear people say. Like that I spit on vegetables at the supermarket. Especially when I hear them say, "We know how you really got it."
Reporter: What do you mean?
Ryan White: People think I'm gay. Gays aren't the only ones who get it.
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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
Written and composed by John Mellencamp
Performed by John Mellencamp
Furnished by EMI Full Keel Music (ASCAP)
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touching though
5 September 2001 | by brableyjamSee all my reviews

As a Hemophiliac who contracted HIV... Ryan White Story,The was important and made survival seem like an option. so here i am today a disease inside of me that has lived longer than my girlfriend and I'm 23. and that's how i told her. It's not at the caliber of "And the Band Played" on, but jeez it's better than most network movies... I was relatively lucky to be a little bit younger... I was only exploited and shunned by a few... but the fight of irish blood and a good survival-istic sense of humor. And Ryan White is in it...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Russiaville, Indiana, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(Amazon Video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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