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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

Cast

Matthew Modine
as Dr. Don Francis
Alan Alda
as Dr. Robert Gallo
Patrick Bauchau
as Dr. Luc Montagnier
Nathalie Baye
as Dr. Francoise Barre
Christian Clemenson
as Dr. Dale Lawrence
David Clennon
as Mr. Johnstone
Phil Collins
as Eddie Papasano
Bud Cort
as Antique Shop Owner
Alex Courtney
as Dr. Mika Popovic
David Dukes
as Dr. Mervyn Silverman
Richard Gere
as Choreographer
David Marshall Grant
as Dennis Seeley
Ronald Guttman
as Dr. Jean-Claude Chermann
Glenne Headly
as Dr. Mary Guinan
Anjelica Huston
as Dr. Betsy Reisz
Ken Jenkins
as Dr. Dennis Donohue
Richard Jenkins
as Dr. Marc Conant
Tchéky Karyo
as Dr. Willy Rozenbaum
Swoosie Kurtz
as Mrs. Johnstone
Jack Laufer
as Brian McDonough
Donal Logue
as Bobbi Campbell
Steve Martin
as Brother
Richard Masur
as William W. Darrow, Ph.D
Dakin Matthews
as Congressman Phil Burton
Ian McKellen
as Bill Kraus
Peter McRobbie
as Dr. Max Essex
Lawrence Monoson
as Chip
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gaetan Dugas
Saul Rubinek
as Dr. Curran
Charles Martin Smith
as Dr. Harold Jaffe
Stephen Spinella
as Brandy Alexander
Lily Tomlin
as Dr. Selma Dritz
B.D. Wong
as Kico Govantes
Walter Addison
as Blood Bank Executive
Alan Barry
as Hemophiliac Patient
Reg E. Cathey
as Staff Doctor #2
John del Regno
as Man in Grand Central
John Durbin
as 6th Man
Mogens Eckert
as Chief Executive (Copenhagen)
Carey Eidel
as Tennis Player
Richard Fancy
as Dr. Michael Gottlieb
Christopher John Fields
as Lawyer
Dave Florek
as Doughnut Shop Counterman
Patrick Gorman
as Charles Dauget
James Greene
as Dr. Alvin Freedman-Kien
Thomas Kopache
as Blood Bank Executive
Clyde Kusatsu
as Blood Bank Executive
Rob La Belle
as Gay Rights Activist
Neal Lerner
as 1st Man
Rene LeVant
as Blood Bank Executive
Angela Paton
as Woman in Denver
Sierra Pecheur
as Female Reporter
Miguel Perez
as Reporter
Martin Raymond
as 4th Man
Tom Schanley
as Waiter
William Wintersole
as Dr. Paul Florino
Jill Andre
as Red Cross Spokesperson
Laura Innes
as Hemophiliac Representative
Jack Kenny
as San Francisco Activist
Neal Lerner
as 1st Man
Jack Kenny
as San Francisco Activist
Thomas Kopache
as Blood Bank Executive
Alan Alda
as Dr. Robert Gallo
Patrick Gorman
as Charles Dauget
Lily Tomlin
as Dr. Selma Dritz
Ken Jenkins
as Dr. Dennis Donohue
B.D. Wong
as Kico Govantes
Richard Gere
as Choreographer
Reg E. Cathey
as Staff Doctor #2
Bud Cort
as Antique Shop Owner
David Dukes
as Dr. Mervyn Silverman
David Marshall Grant
as Dennis Seeley
Carey Eidel
as Tennis Player
James Greene
as Dr. Alvin Freedman-Kien
Martin Raymond
as 4th Man
Ian McKellen
as Bill Kraus
Walter Addison
as Blood Bank Executive
Richard Jenkins
as Dr. Marc Conant
David Clennon
as Mr. Johnstone
Anjelica Huston
as Dr. Betsy Reisz
Rob La Belle
as Gay Rights Activist
Richard Fancy
as Dr. Michael Gottlieb
Swoosie Kurtz
as Mrs. Johnstone
Nathalie Baye
as Dr. Francoise Barre
Donal Logue
as Bobbi Campbell
Laura Innes
as Hemophiliac Representative
Dave Florek
as Doughnut Shop Counterman
John Durbin
as 6th Man
John del Regno
as Man in Grand Central
Stephen Spinella
as Brandy Alexander
Glenne Headly
as Dr. Mary Guinan
Charles Martin Smith
as Dr. Harold Jaffe
Clyde Kusatsu
as Blood Bank Executive
Saul Rubinek
as Dr. Curran
Mogens Eckert
as Chief Executive (Copenhagen)
Jill Andre
as Red Cross Spokesperson
Alan Barry
as Hemophiliac Patient
Rene LeVant
as Blood Bank Executive
Jack Laufer
as Brian McDonough
Miguel Perez
as Reporter
William Wintersole
as Dr. Paul Florino
Christopher John Fields
as Lawyer
Sierra Pecheur
as Female Reporter
Dakin Matthews
as Congressman Phil Burton
Richard Masur
as William W. Darrow, Ph.D
Angela Paton
as Woman in Denver
Lawrence Monoson
as Chip
Steve Martin
as Brother
Patrick Bauchau
as Dr. Luc Montagnier
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gaetan Dugas
Alex Courtney
as Dr. Mika Popovic
Peter McRobbie
as Dr. Max Essex
Phil Collins
as Eddie Papasano
Tom Schanley
as Waiter
Tchéky Karyo
as Dr. Willy Rozenbaum
Matthew Modine
as Dr. Don Francis
Christian Clemenson
as Dr. Dale Lawrence
Ronald Guttman
as Dr. Jean-Claude Chermann

Crew

Roger Spottiswoode
Director
Sarah Pillsbury
Producer
Midge Sanford
Producer
Randy Shilts
Book Author
Arnold Schulman
Screenwriter
Paul Elliott
Cinematographer
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Lois Freeman-Fox
Editor
Victoria Paul
Production Designer
Lee Mayman
Art Director
Arnold Schulman
Co-producer
Edward Teets
Co-producer
Albert M. Shapiro
Associate Producer
Aaron Spelling
Executive Producer
Patti Callicott
Costume Designer
Albert M. Shapiro
First Assistant Director
Chris Squires
Camera Operator
Michael Spatola
Makeup
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