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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Matthew Modine
Alan Alda
Richard Gere
Patrick Bauchau
Directors
Roger Spottiswoode
Screenwriters
Arnold Schulman
Randy Shilts
Running Time
141 minutes

And the Band Played On
Dealing with AIDS in the 1980's America.


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Plot
In this adaptation of Schilts' factual account, scientists in America begin to discover AIDS, but after finding it most common in gay men, jump to the conclusion that they are its only victims.


Verdict
The historic account could have proved an interesting topic for a film but sadly here it is buried under a thick layer of schmaltz and although the performances are good, it does feel like a soap-opera in parts.


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