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And the Band Played On (TV Movie 1993) Poster

(1993 TV Movie)

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When Richard Gere accepted a small role, he broke taboos about the subject, and major film stars taking small parts in television productions. Subsequently, Steve Martin, Alan Alda, Phil Collins, and Anjelica Huston were willing to appear.
NBC spent two years adapting the book for television, but ultimately withdrew from the project in 1989, allowing HBO to pick up the rights. Contrary to popular belief, NBC dropped the project, not because of its controversial subject matter, but because the book's structure didn't work as a four-hour, two-night miniseries. In March 1994, six months after its debut on HBO, NBC re-ran it, edited to fit a two-hour time slot.
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BD Wong and Stephen Spinella appeared in The Normal Heart (2014), another HBO film on the A.I.D.S. epidemic in the early 1980s.
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Mary Guinan was Nevada's State Health Officer in the early 2000s. She has since retired.
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The real Bill Kraus was in his late thirties when this movie took place. Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Kraus in this movie, was fifty-four at the time of filming.
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In one scene, Don Francis (Matthew Modine) mentions that Dr. Robert Gallo would win a Nobel Prize, if his retrovirus research turned out to be successful in finding what causes A.I.D.S. That statement almost happened in reality, but in 2008, Gallo was excluded among the winners for such work, and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was given to Luc Montagnier and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (played by Patrick Bauchau and Nathalie Baye, respectively) for their work on the discovery of H.I.V.
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Matthew Modine and Donal Logue worked on projects based on DC Comics Batman; Modine in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Logue in Gotham (2014).
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Lily Tomlin and Matthew Modine also appeared in Short Cuts (1993).
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Sir Ian McKellen and David Dukes appeared in Gods and Monsters (1998).
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Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin appeared in All of Me (1984).
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Steve Martin and Glenne Headly appeared in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) and Sgt. Bilko (1996).
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Phil Collins and Anjelica Huston; and four Oscar nominees: Alan Alda, Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Jenkins, and Lily Tomlin.
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Alan Alda starred as Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce on the television series M*A*S*H (1972). Richard Masur guest starred in "The Late Captain Pierce". Whereas their characters interacted with each other there, they share no screentime here, save for the time Mauser claps for Dr. Gallo's introduction on the televised news conference.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Although the name of Richard Gere's character is never revealed throughout the movie, he is Michael Bennett, the famous Choreographer and Creator of A Chorus Line (between others musicals), who died of A.I.D.S. in 1987.
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