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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real Ryan White appeared in the movie as another AIDS patient (with the feeding tube) named Chad. 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 »

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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