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A superior, made-for-cable film, this Home Box Office adaptation of Randy Shilts's chronicle detailing the emergence of AIDS in America and the fight against bureaucracy and society for a cure is a taut, outrageous, and affecting true-life drama. Matthew Modine (Birdy, Married to the Mob) is featured as a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control at the time when the first reports of a disease plaguing the gay community were heard. Modine and his colleagues embark on an investigation that resembles a compelling detective story as they try to track the source of the disease and discover a cure. Their efforts are thwarted by an ambivalent government and a turf war between French physicians and a celebrated American researcher (Alan Alda) who seems to place his own glory above the dead and the dying. Featuring heartfelt performances from a stellar cast including Richard Gere, Glenne Headly, Anjelica Huston, Steve Martin, Ian McKellen, Saul Rubinek, and Lily Tomlin, this impassioned film stands as an impressive and important document of one of the darkest eras in modern human history, and a tribute to the spirit of those who sought to save lives. --Robert Lane

Cast

Matthew ModineDr. Don Francis
Alan AldaDr. Robert Gallo
Patrick BauchauDr. Luc Montagnier
Nathalie BayeDr. Françoise Barre
Christian ClemensonDr. Dale Lawrence
David ClennonMr. Johnstone
Phil CollinsEddie Papasano
Bud CortAntique Shop Owner
Alex CourtneyDr. Mika Popovic
David DukesDr. Mervyn Silverman
Richard GereThe Choreographer
David Marshall GrantDennis Seeley
Ronald GuttmanDr. Jean-Claude Chermann
Glenne HeadlyDr. Mary Guinan
Anjelica HustonDr. Betsy Reisz
Ken JenkinsDr. Dennis Donohue
Richard JenkinsDr. Marc Conant
Tcheky KaryoDr. Willy Rozenbaum
Swoosie KurtzMrs. Johnstone
Jack LauferBrian McDonough
Donal LogueBobbi Campbell
Steve MartinThe Brother
Richard MasurWilliam W. Darrow, PhD
Dakin MatthewsCongressman Phil Burton
Ian McKellenBill Kraus
Peter McRobbieDr. Max Essex
Lawrence MonosonChip
Jeffrey NordlingGaetan Dugas
Saul RubinekDr. Jim Curran
Charles Martin SmithDr. Harold Jaffe
Stephen SpinellaBrandy Alexander
Lily TomlinDr. Selma Dritz
BD WongKico Govantes

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Producer: HBO
  • Length: 141 min
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 11, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 1, 2004
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