And the Band Played On (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

And the Band Played On (1993)




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This made-for-cable film, based on Randy Shilts' best-selling book, focuses on the burgeoning AIDS crisis. In 1981, researchers begin discerning a mysterious new disease that apparently affects only homosexual males. The long-range effects of AIDS is experienced through the first and second-hand experiences of several unfortunates.

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Matthew Modine
as Dr. Don Francis
Alan Alda
as Dr. Robert Gallo
Richard Gere
as The Choreographer
Patrick Bauchau
as Dr. Luc Montagnier
Nathalie Baye
as Dr. Francoise Barre
Lily Tomlin
as Selma Dritz
Christian Clemenson
as Dr. Dale Lawrence
Glenne Headly
as Mary Guinan
David Clennon
as Mr. Johnstone
Bud Cort
as Antique Shop Owner
Phil Collins
as Papasano
Alex Courtney
as Dr. Mika Popovic
Steve Martin
as Brother
Anjelica Huston
as Dr. Reisz
David Dukes
as Dr. Mervyn Silverman
David Marshall Grant
as Dennis Seeley
Swoosie Kurtz
as Mrs. Johnstone
Ronald Guttman
as Dr. Jean-Claude Chermann
Ken Jenkins
as Dr. Dennis Donohue
Richard Jenkins
as Dr. Marc Conant
Tcheky Karyo
as Dr. Willy Rozenbaum
Jack Laufer
as Brian McDonough
Donal Logue
as Bobbi Campbell
Dakin Matthews
as Congressman Phil Burton
Peter McRobbie
as Dr. Max Essex
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gaetan Dugas
Charles Martin Smith
as Dr. Harold Jaffe
Stephen Spinella
as Brandy Alexander
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
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 LaBelle
as Gay Rights Activist
Neal Lerner
as 1st Man
Rene Levant
as Blood Bank Executive
Rosemarie Murphy
as Blood Bank Executive
Angela Paton
as Woman in Denver
Sierra Pecheur
as Female Reporter
Miguel Pérez
as Reporter
Valeri Ross
as Jim's Secretary
William Wintersole
as Dr. Paul Florino
Jill Andre
as Red Cross Spokesperson
Christopher Carroll
as Dr. Aaron Kellner
Laura Innes
as Hemophiliac Representative
Michael Winters
as Middle-aged Man
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Critic Reviews for And the Band Played On

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

As a TV movie about a highly sensitive subject, overall it's a moving experience.

October 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

And the Band Played On adds its own snare-drum resonance to the AIDS catastrophe, beating elements of Randy Shilts' journalism into a passionate, incisive condemnation of the government's public health policy regarding this epidemic.

January 24, 2018 | Full Review…

I enjoyed seeing A-list actors in the sort of small supporting role they would never otherwise accept. And they got the film made.

November 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Earnest but still moving. Gere and Headly are great.

July 24, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
Top Critic

No production could accurately reproduce Randy Shilts' chilling account of the early days of AIDS, but this comes close.

June 6, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Pretty powerful TV film about the AIDS epidemic and government inaction.

October 19, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for And the Band Played On

so sad, but so true

Andreia Cordeiro
Andreia Cordeiro

Super Reviewer


A bit dated mainly because of the actors. I was impressed but the emotional part of the story kinda veers of course and the movie starts focusing more on who gets credit for the antivirus, which wasn't as interesting to me. Some interesting information that I'd never heard though and I would recommend it.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

A wonderful film. HBO never lets me down.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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