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And the Band Played On ()

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featuring Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Patrick Bauchau, Nathalie Baye, Christian Clemenson, Richard Gere, Anjelica Huston, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin

The late journalist Randy Shilts' best-selling book on the burgeoning AIDS crisis was adapted for cable TV by Arnold Schulman. In 1981, researchers begin discerning a mysterious new disease that apparently affects only homosexual males (or so they thought at that time). Working independently, and with marked hostility toward one another, an American and a French research team manage to identify and name the dreaded HIV virus. The long-range effects of AIDS is experienced through the first- and secondhand experiences of several unfortunates, including a choreographer (Richard Gere) whose character is said to be based on Michael Bennett. The all-star cast (most of whom eschewed their usual high salaries) includes Lily Tomlin as San Francisco health official Selma Dritz, Matthew Modine as Centers for Disease Control researcher Don Francis, Alan Alda as NIH official Robert Gallo (who emerges as the villain of the piece), Ian McKellan as gay activist Bill Kraus, and Glenne Headley, Steve Martin and Anjelica Huston in cameo roles. And the Band Played On debuted September 11, 1993, on HBO. Hal Erickson, Rovi Hide synopsis

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by qued-in on Nov 4, 2010

GREAT DOCUDRAMA; Stars were numerous. This brought forth information a lot of people are unaware of, I'm sure, in regards to the beginings of the aids virus. And the fact that scientists would rather argure over WHO was FIRST to discover WHAT seemed more important to some of them than trying to curb the spread of the disease, seemed frustrating. The movie actually had entranced from start to finish.

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