The Eighties (2016)
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The Fight Against AIDS 



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Episode credited cast:
Virginia Apuzzo ... Self (archive footage)
Robert Bazell Robert Bazell ... Self - NBC News (archive footage)
Paul Boneberg Paul Boneberg ... Self - Mobilization Against AIDS Coord (archive footage)
Tom Brokaw ... Self - NBC News (archive footage)
David Burrington David Burrington ... Self - NBC News (archive footage)
Connie Chung ... Self - NBC News (archive footage)
Yanou Collart Yanou Collart ... Self - Publicist for Rock Hudson (archive footage)
George Crile George Crile ... Self - CBS News (archive footage)
Jim Cummins Jim Cummins ... Self - NBC News (archive footage)
James Curran James Curran ... Self - Centers for Disease Control (as Dr. James Curran)
Phil Donahue ... Self - The Phil Donahue Show
Hugh Downs ... Self - ABC News (archive footage)
Laurel Erickson ... Self - NBC News (archive footage)
Jerry Falwell ... Self - Co-founder, The Moral Majority (archive footage)
Anthony Fauci ... Self - Director, NIAID (as Dr. Anthony Fauci)


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The Eighties takes a dark, yet riveting turn
21 March 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

I'm kinda surprised that 'The Fight Against AIDS' comes so soon after the series' Reagan high. Between the man's lack of response to the epidemic and his administration's undermining of the Surgeon-General, this is no Reagan puff piece. But it does clarify the fear felt by, well pretty much everyone leading up to the discovery of the disease. I'm sure any millennial watching this would be taken aback by the fervent moralizing and homophobia back then. It's peculiar that it took a dying Rock Hudson to finally raise awareness, but utterly heartbreaking that a child had to become a symbol for determination to beat the infection. It nothing else, he proved it wasn't the gay disease.

Ryan White was (is) a hero.


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