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And the Band Played On (1993)

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Directer:  Roger Spottiswoode

Writter:   Arnold Schulman

Running time: 141 minutes

Country: United States

Language: English
Genre:  
Drama

Subtitle: English
Starring:
Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Phil Collins, Richard Gere, Anjelica Huston, Ian McKellen,

Lily Tomlin


And the Band Played On is a 1993 American television film docudrama directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The teleplay by Arnold Schulman is based on the best-selling 1987 non-fiction book And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts.

The film premiered at the Montreal Film Festival before being broadcast by HBO on September 11, 1993. It later was released theatrically in the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Austria, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, New Zealand and Australia.


In a prologue set in 1976, American epidemiologist Don Francis arrives in a village on the banks of the Ebola River in DR Congo and discovers many of the residents and the doctor working with them have died from a mysterious illness later identified as Ebola hemorrhagic fever. It is his first exposure to such an epidemic, and the images of the dead he helps cremate will haunt him when he later becomes involved with HIV and AIDS research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 1981, Francis becomes aware of a growing number of deaths from unexplained sources among gay men in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco, and is prompted to begin an in-depth investigation of the possible causes. Working with no money, limited space, and outdated equipment, he comes in contact with politicians and numerous members of the medical community, many of whom resent his involvement because of their personal agendas, and gay leaders. Of the latter, somesuch as Bill Kraussupport him, while others express resentment at what they see as unwanted interference in their lifestyles, especially his attempts to close the local bathhouses. While Francis pursues his theory that AIDS is caused by a sexually transmitted virus on the model of feline leukemia, he finds his efforts are stonewalled by, among others, the CDC, which is loath to prove the disease is transmitted through blood, and competing French and American scientists, particularly Dr. Robert Gallo, who squabble about who should receive credit for discovering the virus. Meanwhile, the death toll climbs rapidly.

 


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Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 9 wins & 19 nominations

American Cinema Editors, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1994 Won Eddie Best Edited Motion Picture for Non-Commercial Television
Lois Freeman-Fox
 
American Society of Cinematographers, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1995 Nominated ASC Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Pilots
Paul Elliott
 
CableACE Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1995 Won CableACE Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
Ian McKellen
Nominated CableACE Make-Up
Allan A. Apone
Michael Spatola
Movie or Miniseries
Aaron Spelling (executive producer)
E. Duke Vincent (executive producer)
Sarah Pillsbury (producer)
Midge Sanford (producer)
Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
Lawrence Monoson
Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
Richard Gere
Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Lily Tomlin
Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Swoosie Kurtz
 
Casting Society of America, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1994 Won Artios Best Casting for TV Movie of the Week
Judith Holstra
Nikki Valko
 
Directors Guild of America, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1994 Nominated DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials
Roger Spottiswoode
 
Emmy Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1994 Won Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Casting
Judith Holstra (casting executive)
Nikki Valko (casting executive)
(HBO).
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Miniseries or a Special - Single Camera Production
Lois Freeman-Fox
(HBO).
Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Aaron Spelling (executive producer)
E. Duke Vincent (executive producer)
Midge Sanford (producer)
Sarah Pillsbury (producer)
(HBO).
Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a Miniseries or a Special
Victoria Paul (production designer)
Lee Mayman (art director)
Diana Allen Williams (set decorator)
(HBO).
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Miniseries or a Special
Roger Spottiswoode (director)
(HBO).
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special
Arturo Rojas (hairstylist)
Martin Christopher (hairstylist)
(HBO).
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Miniseries or a Special
Allan A. Apone (key makeup artist)
Michael Spatola (makeup artist)
(HBO).
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Miniseries or a Special
Arnold Schulman (writer)
(HBO).
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
Matthew Modine
(HBO).
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
Alan Alda
(HBO).
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
Richard Gere
(HBO).
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
Ian McKellen
(HBO).
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
Swoosie Kurtz
(HBO).
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
Lily Tomlin
(HBO).
 
GLAAD Media Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1994 Won GLAAD Media Award Outstanding TV Movie
 
Golden Globes, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1994 Nominated Golden Globe Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Matthew Modine
 
Humanitas Prize
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1994 Won Humanitas Prize PBS/Cable Category
Arnold Schulman
 
Montréal World Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1993 Won Special Grand Prize of the Jury Roger Spottiswoode
 



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