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.


  • Ian Stephens 2017-01-13 06:36:51
    Gotta love the 1990s style long hair actor playing a doctor - its supposed to be 1979!
  • scriptorsilentum 2017-01-02 20:08:02
    i lived through this. HTLV-III, then HTLV then GRID, then HIV then aids. I remember the 80's and 90's when i grew up: all i recall clearly was being scared. and sad. and beautiful people i valued vanished.
  • Daner Madison 2016-12-30 22:42:51
    This movie is horrible...full of LIES...and recently the CDC finally admitted that "patient Zero" was a complete fabrication. This movie did so much damage to the gay community...but the CDC & the NIH had to place the blame somewhere. How easy to blame the sick and dying. Reprehensible.
  • Greencloud8 2016-12-28 19:50:37
    YouTube now charging wtf
  • Ozdave McGee 2016-12-28 12:28:46
    Tragic story and virus. And we still have no cure..
  • tony in grenada 2016-12-13 19:29:32
    The actors deserve a great deal of credit.
  • Rae Parmeter 2016-12-05 08:06:44
    It's easy in hindsight to pass judgment but even if Carter had won it is pure conjecture what MIGHT have happened.
  • hotathlete2 2016-12-04 02:02:59
    I hope to God that gay men are still banned from donating blood. We must consider all lives matter over the rights of perverts.
  • jeremy wilson 2016-11-28 02:35:55
    multi vitamin was another thing they over looked when dealing with those who moved alot? Wilson's intrie we got to try to stay strong an smart
  • nogrits4me 2016-11-27 22:54:05
    Gaetan Dugas has been exonerated as "Patient Zero" in the AIDS epidemic. It has been established that the disease originated in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) and was carried to Haiti in approximately 1967 and then into New York City approximately 1971 and then into San Francisco in approximately 1976. What a harrowing time of history.
  • Rob K 2016-11-24 03:21:46
    Search: and NEJM for link between the HepB vaccine that was contaminated with SIV. (Simian Immune Virus) just like HIV in humans. Coincidence..? Gallo is evil. He has never been able to get a good photo of HIV. He has never been able to repeat the process. It fails every scientific process because what he claims is not repeatable. He needed a way to peddle his AZT (which BTW was too toxic for cancer patients) It is my opinion that Gallo is a fraud. Just follow the money.
  • Someone who loves the LORD GOD 2016-11-21 04:27:51
    The Lord God has been trying to warning sinners from the beginning, that the wages of sin is death. The Lord God has more diseases and plaques not written in his book for all unrepentant sinners, who refuse to come to him for salvation. Deuteronomy 28:58-61 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD; 59 Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. 60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. 61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. Transgressors who are workers of iniquity, who knowing the judgement of God willingly commit adultery, fornicating, coveting, lying, cursing, hateful in their hearts, deceitful, homosexuality, divorce and remarry except for fonication, same sex marriages, bi sexuality, lesbians, transgenders, transsexuals, Sadomasochism, oral & anal lasciviousness, bars, blaspheming God, prostitution, i.v. drugs users, masturbation, stripping, prostitution(harlots), multiple partners, bondage, smoking cigarettes, taking drugs, drunkenness, idolatry, nakedness, cross dressing, sexual devices, arguing etc.,. And then they have the audacity to attempt and turn around to try to get married. Sinners have that totally wrong with my Holy God Almighty, it is wickedness, they have not repented, nor been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb and are not born again of God Almighty, therefore they are still lost and unclean, separated from God in their sins. Romans 1:26-32 .For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Sara Gilbraith Volk 2016-11-19 10:31:56
    There are dozens of documentaries on YouTube if you are interested in finding out about the way it was. Frontline, PBS, and BBC documentaries are some of the better ones. Many of them are brutal, but so were the times.
  • Sara Gilbraith Volk 2016-11-19 10:07:25
    They played "Play the Game" by Queen in the background at the bathhouse. That was 2 years after Freddie died.
  • theresa42213 2016-11-18 12:57:51
    Everything Alda portrayed about Gallo is true,  but what's hidden is even MORE shocking!  For more info YT   "Len Horowitz- Emerging viruses AIDS and Ebola"  Do NOT wiki him Gallo would never let wikepidia make Len look credible.  God Bless  :)
  • shamus russell 2016-11-17 04:59:04
    gallo is a treacherous dick. maybe that's why he didn't get noble prize and luk did
  • Eduardo Zamora 2016-11-15 01:49:08
    Shame on Galo..
  • girlg0figure 2016-10-30 21:49:11
    I hope Reagan is burning in hell for this.
  • aviti mushi 2016-10-30 13:22:45
    Great movie about the epidemic. It is wondrous that until today a lot of people in many countries still succumb to the disease due to misinformation.
  • Miss Kathy 2016-10-30 11:19:43
    I used to be quite the "fag hag". Every gay friend I made in the '80s, died in the '90s. Every single one.

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