And the Band Played On (1993)

And the Band Played On (1993)

Director Roger Spottiswoode

Writer Randy Shilts (book), Arnold Schulman (teleplay)

Genre Drama

Year 1993

Actors Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Patrick Bauchau, Nathalie Baye

IMDB : 7.8 (7,859 votes)


Description This is the story of the first years of the AIDS epidemic in the United States and focuses on three key elements. Dr. Don Francis, an immunologist with experience in eradicating smallpox and containing the Ebola virus, joins the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to try and understand just what this disease is. They also have deal with bureaucracy and a government that doesn't seem to care. The gay community in San Francisco is divided on the nature of the disease but also what should be done about it. Finally, the film deals with the rivalry between Dr. Robert Gallo, the American virologist who previously discovered the first retrovirus and his French counterpart at the Pasteur Institute, Dr. Luc Montagnier, that led to disputed claims about who was first to identify the AIDS virus.


  • NamelessPoster 2017-03-13 19:14:44
    It"s amazing that in 2017, in an internet-era with an ABUNDANCE of resources, the sheep still can't figure it out; it's a SCAM, millions were poisoned to death, there is no virus. Jeez!
  • Todd Reeder 2017-03-13 03:57:19
    I'm surprised the movie is still here. It gets taken down every time the movie company finds it. I said the same thing last year.
  • Intellectual Badass 2017-03-09 03:35:03
  • TheMusicmak3r 2017-03-08 04:55:35
    Just finished reading the book!
  • Radha Meher 2017-03-04 07:04:27
    Apparently even deadly viruses can't scare the hell out of greedy, petty folks in the face of death on who should get the credit. They are worse than the viruses come to think of it...or probably are a kind of of virus themselves. Now it's the pharmaceutical companies who make the drugs. Bureaucratic red tape another incurable disease. Hmm. The best & worst of human nature on display. It doesn't seem too impossible in a global world (like the example of the Avian flu pandemic spreading like wildfire) that one day, we'll probably all die, because certain vested interests sat there either squabbling or profiteering. A world without humans. What a beautiful thought. Sigh.
  • Bell Blog 2017-03-03 19:57:42
  • Cevanfx 2017-03-02 23:10:09
    lots of.good.actors
  • Nena Bischof- 2017-02-26 23:34:40
    To remember my friend
  • Catalina Simmons 2017-02-25 10:44:54
    it's so unreal that young people did not read the MEMO on AIDS. now on upswing even in US , women of color highest increase.
  • Linda Lawrence 2017-02-18 05:30:38
    Freddie Mercury of Queen died of A.I.D.S. in November 1991. If there wasn't so much stalling going on, he could have at last known about the disease and taken precautions. I am so pissed off about the posturing of people like Gallo, more concerned about his name in the paper than for all the people suffering and dying - including all the people left behind to grieve.
  • KATHERINE SPARKES 2017-02-13 08:14:59
  • 1138 PrefixTHX 2017-02-12 01:07:35
    To say Ronald Reagan is "responsible" for AIDs is ludicrous. There is blame enough to go around. Condoms? Self control? Staying away from bath houses when warned by CDC? Not fucking every breathing person you happen to meet?
  • Bruce Bosch 2017-02-10 21:30:14
    10 Feb 2017 : just got my latest blood test results : CD 4 count 544 / viral load <40 undectable, I ve been on ARV therapy for the past 8 years, Atripla , the one tablet per day is my current regiment. I have been aware of this disease since the early eighties. I've seen friends and aquaintances battle and succumb to this horrible disease. I've seen how it's wiped out famous people such as Rock Hudson, Rudolf Nureyev, Freddy Mercury and many many more. I' ve been through the different stages from when it was first named as GRID, the politics around it, the conspiracy theories around it etc. etc etc. And every single day I ask myself the question : Why me, why am I still around? It's robbed me of so many things in my life - it's changed my life completely (some good , some bad) from when I was first diagnosed at the age of 27. The year was 1991. This year I celebrated my 53rd birthday and I am still getting up every morning and facing the day head on doing what I need to do to survive. My greatest desire is that there is an end this madness and that no more fellow human beings are subjected to this horrible horrible disease.. And so by the way - Love Miss Lily Tomlin - so happy that she got the lifetime achievement award this year from SAG. Long overdue and about bloody time!
  • notgrillo collector/ gamer 2017-02-08 21:05:07
    "MAgic" Johnson was a total shock.
  • William Lansing 2017-02-05 22:21:07
    Good movie, great story about how that horrible decease what was back in the early 1980's thought to be a gay plague.
  • xtopher foster 2017-01-21 02:49:02
    this must be the 50th time I've watched this movie and I come up with something different each time I watch it but I've held on to this one for a while now ~ what about those BLOOD INDUSTRY BASTARDS ? MONEY/PROFITS OVER HUMAN BEINGS ! THAT'S THEIR MONTA/MOTTO !
  • Chantelle Allen 2017-01-20 04:46:03
    When Doctors start acting like businessmen who can the people turn to for doctors?
  • nicked 2017-01-18 18:52:08
    Hi NUR 467
  • Anthony Casamassima 2017-01-16 23:27:35
    Have been looking for the movie" Buddies 1985" The very first of its kind and before the movie Early frost...will pay to get a copy.
  • Daniel Morse 2017-01-14 19:05:41
    It was at 1:30:15 I started to hear the ladies gasp a little in the crowd. It hit home. Swoosie Kurts and so many deserved an Oscar for this performance. The Oscars should give a group award other than best picture.

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