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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.

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John Herzfeld

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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

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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

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 »

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

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Beat It
Written and composed by Michael Jackson
Performed by Michael Jackson
Furnished by Mijac Music (BMI)
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The Vidiot Reviews
3 February 2014 | by capone666See all my reviews

The Ryan White Story

The only disease children had to worry about contracting in the early-1980s was Cabbage Patch Fever.

Unfortunately, as this biography shows, by the mid-1980s HIV/AIDS appeared.

In one fell swoop, 13-year-old Ryan White (Lukas Haas) contracted the virus through a blood transfusion and was given 30-days to live.

But it was not only the disease that weakened him, but his school banning him from attending, out of fear of infection.

Unwilling to accept the fate the doctor had prescribed and the principal has assigned her son, Ryan's mother (Judith Light) hires a hardnosed lawyer (George C. Scott) to take the school to task.

Based on the true story of one of the first non-homosexuals to get the disease, this heart wrenching made-for-television movie may be schmaltzy, but it helped bring sympathizers to the syndrome.

Mind you, the new poster child for the fight against HIV/AIDS is now Magic Johnson's robot.

Green Light

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