Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in the mid-90’s and 7 Jul 2014)
Brief Synopsis – The story of the early years of the AIDS virus and the people who spearheaded the search for the cause and identification of the disease.
My Take on it – Since i work in conjuction with the fields of medical research, I have always been fascinated with movies that include the stages of performing real research.
This movie tries to chronicle the discovery of the initial symptoms of AIDS and how doctors and medical researchers worked extremely hard to discover its cause.
It does an excellent job of merging stories dealing with the numerous aspects of the fight against the disease. We get to see and understand the motivations of those involved with the medical, social, political, economic and research sides of the early days of AIDS.
The cast is amazing and supposedly very few top named actors were interested in joining the production until Richard Gere signed on for a small part.
Besides Gere, Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Glenne Headly, Swoozie Kurtz, Richard Jenkins, Patrick Bauchau, Steve Martin, Ian Mckellen, Lily Tomlin and Laura Innes are all just part of the list of actors who have roles in this film.
Bottom Line – Excellent portrayal of the social, scientific and medical awareness of AIDS in its early years. Truly amazing cast. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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