And the Band Played On

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Synopsis

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

Chapter List

Side #1
0. Chapters
1. MAIN TITLE/Prologue [6:57]
2. First Cases; 1977-1978 [1:15]
3. Washington DC; 1980 [1:48]
4. CDC May, 198; The Investigation Begins [3:44]
5. New York City; Frist Interviews [2:49]
6. San Francisco; July 1981 80 US Cases, 26 Deaths [3:47]
7. The Bath House [1:31]
8. CDC September 1981; "Think...can't prove" [3:03]
9. Halloween, 1981; "The Party's Over" 80 US Cases; 26 Deaths [4:46]
10. The Butcher's Bill [1:39]
11. The Stigma Begins [1:43]
12. Reagan Days; Can you say GAY? [1:42]
13. It's not just a gay disease anymore [2:29]
14. The Pac-Man Theory [1:39]
15. Harvard School of Public Health [1:54]
16. Kissing Bob Gallos' Ring 285 US Cases; 119 Deaths [1:47]
17. Los Angeles; March 1982 [5:50]
18. Patient Zero? [4:48]
19. CDC Press Confrence June 1982 [1:38]
20. Gays Vs. Gays [2:49]
21. Fear= Silence [3:21]
22. The Bathhouse Vote [6:07]
23. The French & Dr. Gallo [4:11]
24. "It's In The Blood Supply" [:46]
25. Proof of infection by transfusion [4:55]
26. CDC Workshop January 4, 1983 GRID becomes AIDS [4:32]
27. "They knew they were giving AIDS to people, and continued to do it?" [5:59]
28. The Red Cross: Medicine or Business? [4:08]
29. Voila'! Un nouveau Retrovirus! [3:18]
30. Gallo's Politics; 2640 US Cases; 1092 Deaths [5:57]
31. Kiko and Bill [5:03]
32. American Paranoia [1:04]
33. March 1984/ Gallo & Francis "I thought we were against the virus!" [:51]
34. Paris April 4, 1984: Gallo meets with the french [2:59]
35. 4/23/84 Gallo's Speech [2:36]
36. Four More Years?! [2:39]
37. Don Francis/"Look Busy and do nothing" [:58]
38. NY; February, 1985; 8408 US Cases, 6405 Deaths The French Speak Back [4:36]
39. San Francisco, November, 1985 "We could have stopped it" [1:58]
40. Epilogue [5:36]
41. The Last Song [2:28]
42. Latest Butcher's Bill/End Credits [4:28]