And the Band Played On

And the Band Played On

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Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Cast: Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Patrick Bauchau


And the Band Played On takes place mostly within interior settings of doctors' offices, meeting rooms, and labs, so opportunities for innovative visuals remain fairly limited. The 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer presents the images decently without containing anything exceptional. A few minor specks of dirt do appear intermittently, but they aren't too…  See more details below


And the Band Played On takes place mostly within interior settings of doctors' offices, meeting rooms, and labs, so opportunities for innovative visuals remain fairly limited. The 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer presents the images decently without containing anything exceptional. A few minor specks of dirt do appear intermittently, but they aren't too distracting to cause any serious hindrance. The black levels are fairly solid, and the bleak colors look fine. The events onscreen come across clearly and in good form, and the amount of grain is minimal. With the exception of the mournful score, there are few significant sound elements in this film. Nearly all of the story consists of dialogue spoken in meetings between scientists, the press, and AIDS patients. The 5.1-channel Dolby Digital transfer features an impressive level of clarity and depth. Although it is hardly tested, all of the pivotal moments are easy to decipher. This disc also contains a 2.0-channel Dolby Surround track that varies only slightly from its companion. Both transfers are worthwhile and work effectively to present the film and its message. The lone extra feature on this disc is a nice collection of cast and crew biographies. Each entry contains several pages covering the careers of the major actors, writer Arnold Schulman, and director Roger Spottiswoode. Although there are no filmographies, the 11 sections do provide a decent overview of each individual and their past works. Also noteworthy are the impressive menus, which improve over HBO's usually drab, static presentations.

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Hbo Home Video
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[Dolby Digital, monaural]
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Special Features

Animated menus; Chapter selections; Languages; Subtitles; Cast & crew bios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Modine Dr. Don Francis
Alan Alda Dr. Robert Gallo
Patrick Bauchau Dr. Luc Montagnier
Nathalie Baye Dr. Francoise Barre
Christian Clemenson Dr. Dale Lawrence
Richard Gere Choreographer
Anjelica Huston Dr. Betsy Reisz
Steve Martin Brother
Lily Tomlin Dr. Selma Dritz
David Clennon Mr. Johnstone
Phil Collins Eddie Papasano
Bud Cort Antique Shop Owner
Alex Courtney Dr. Mika Popovic
David Dukes Dr. Mervyn Silverman
David Marshall Grant Dennis Seeley
Ronald Guttman Dr. Jean-Claude Chermann
Glenne Headly Dr. Mary Guinan
Ken Jenkins Dr. Dennis Donohue
Richard Jenkins Dr. Marc Conant
Tchéky Karyo Dr. Willy Rozenbaum
Swoosie Kurtz Mrs. Johnstone
Jack Laufer Brian McDonough
Donal Logue Bobbi Campbell
Richard Masur William W. Darrow, Ph.D
Dakin Matthews Congressman Phil Burton
Ian McKellen Bill Kraus
Peter McRobbie Dr. Max Essex
Lawrence Monoson Chip
Jeffrey Nordling Gaetan Dugas
Saul Rubinek Dr. Curran
Charles Martin Smith Dr. Harold Jaffe
Stephen Spinella Brandy Alexander
B.D. Wong Kico Govantes
Walter Addison Blood Bank Executive
Alan Barry Hemophiliac Patient
Reg E. Cathey Staff Doctor #2
John del Regno Man in Grand Central
John Durbin 6th Man
Mogens Eckert Chief Executive (Copenhagen)
Carey Eidel Tennis Player
Richard Fancy Dr. Michael Gottlieb
Christopher John Fields Lawyer
Dave Florek Doughnut Shop Counterman
Patrick Gorman Charles Dauget
James Greene Dr. Alvin Freedman-Kien
Michael Kearns Cleve
Thomas Kopache Blood Bank Executive
Clyde Kusatsu Blood Bank Executive
Rob La Belle Gay Rights Activist
Neal Lerner 1st Man
Rene LeVant Blood Bank Executive
Rosemarie Murphy Blood Bank Executive
Angela Paton Woman in Denver
Sierra Pecheur Female Reporter
Miguel Perez Reporter
Martin Raymond 4th Man
Valeri Ross Jim's Secretary
Tom Schanley Waiter
William Wintersole Dr. Paul Florino
Jill Andre Red Cross Spokesperson
Christopher Carroll Dr. Aaron Kellner
Laura Innes Hemophiliac Representative
Jack Kenny San Francisco Activist
Michael Winters Middle-aged Man

Technical Credits
Roger Spottiswoode Director
Allan A. Apone Makeup
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Patti Callicott Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Elliott Cinematographer
Lois Freeman-Fox Editor
Lee Mayman Art Director
Victoria Paul Production Designer
Sarah Pillsbury Producer
Midge Sanford Producer
Arnold Schulman Co-producer,Screenwriter
Albert M. Shapiro Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Michael Spatola Makeup
Aaron Spelling Executive Producer
Chris Squires Camera Operator
Edward Teets Co-producer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapters
1. MAIN TITLE/Prologue [6:57]
2. First Cases; 1977-1978 [1:15]
3. Washington DC; 1980 [1:48]
4. CDC May, 198; The Investigation Begins [3:44]
5. New York City; Frist Interviews [2:49]
6. San Francisco; July 1981 80 US Cases, 26 Deaths [3:47]
7. The Bath House [1:31]
8. CDC September 1981; "Think...can't prove" [3:03]
9. Halloween, 1981; "The Party's Over" 80 US Cases; 26 Deaths [4:46]
10. The Butcher's Bill [1:39]
11. The Stigma Begins [1:43]
12. Reagan Days; Can you say GAY? [1:42]
13. It's not just a gay disease anymore [2:29]
14. The Pac-Man Theory [1:39]
15. Harvard School of Public Health [1:54]
16. Kissing Bob Gallos' Ring 285 US Cases; 119 Deaths [1:47]
17. Los Angeles; March 1982 [5:50]
18. Patient Zero? [4:48]
19. CDC Press Confrence June 1982 [1:38]
20. Gays Vs. Gays [2:49]
21. Fear= Silence [3:21]
22. The Bathhouse Vote [6:07]
23. The French & Dr. Gallo [4:11]
24. "It's In The Blood Supply" [:46]
25. Proof of infection by transfusion [4:55]
26. CDC Workshop January 4, 1983 GRID becomes AIDS [4:32]
27. "They knew they were giving AIDS to people, and continued to do it?" [5:59]
28. The Red Cross: Medicine or Business? [4:08]
29. Voila'! Un nouveau Retrovirus! [3:18]
30. Gallo's Politics; 2640 US Cases; 1092 Deaths [5:57]
31. Kiko and Bill [5:03]
32. American Paranoia [1:04]
33. March 1984/ Gallo & Francis "I thought we were against the virus!" [:51]
34. Paris April 4, 1984: Gallo meets with the french [2:59]
35. 4/23/84 Gallo's Speech [2:36]
36. Four More Years?! [2:39]
37. Don Francis/"Look Busy and do nothing" [:58]
38. NY; February, 1985; 8408 US Cases, 6405 Deaths The French Speak Back [4:36]
39. San Francisco, November, 1985 "We could have stopped it" [1:58]
40. Epilogue [5:36]
41. The Last Song [2:28]
42. Latest Butcher's Bill/End Credits [4:28]

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And the Band Played On 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful piece of cinematic history. This made-for-tv movie, will be as important to teaching about the beginning of the AIDS epidemic as ''Schindler's List'' is for the Holocaust. With a strong story line, and stellar performances by an all-star cast (no doubt, the effect AIDS had on the arts communities played a large part in why so many of these actors wanted to be a part of this important project), this is a wonderful and important film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think they should make more movie on AIDS because my brother died from AIDS in 1993..He has been gone 10 years now.and there hasn't been enough movies about AIDS..they need to make another one..and change how many have it now..I have told my brother's story in many of school's and the Youth today didn't know AIDS was that bad..It needs to be taken off the back burner..Our Young people are dying everyday with AIDS..because no one tells them enough about it and how you can get it..We need hollywoods help by making another movie like ''And the Band Played On''
Guest More than 1 year ago
And the Band Played On is probably the best movie made for TV. Matthew Modine was awesome in this movie. His performance was moving and powerful. The movie also has a great cast including Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin. The movie industry needs to start making movies like And the Band Played On for the screen not TV.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There should be more movies about AIDS. AIDS is a global disease, over 40 million people are infected with HIV. These kind of movies will help to reveal AIDS from the darkspots in people's mind. We have to talk about AIDS, and these kind of movies will help to do so. This movie has a perfect educational value, it could be shown on High Schools or at Home. We have to STOP AIDS NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so moving. It was really informative on how AIDS first started out and how people reacted towards it. I totally agree that this should have been in the theatres and maybe the proceeds could go to an AIDS foundation of some sort. Everyone should watch this movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Watching a movie from a 13 year old perspective showed me how awful AIDS AND HIV really is. I saw the movie with my class and enjoyed it greatly, it was very touching and exciting at the same time. I encourage everyone to see this movie, its a once in a life time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a Medical Billing & Coding teacher and this movie is the perfect film to show while teaching Medical Law and Ethics. What a wonderfully eye opening and provacative movie.
PlumBonds More than 1 year ago
I was required to either read the book or watch the DVD for a class. At first I started to read the book (600+ pages), but only made it about halfway through before my assignment was nearing being due; so I got the DVD. The movie is very good: endearing, informative, well acted (incredible cast!), but the book has SO much more detail as to WHY people were acting the way they were/ thoughts they were having. There was not enough time to include it all in the movie, so you get a great "gist" of what happened. But if you have time to read the book, do it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this first when it premiered on HBO, so I was glad I was able to get it on DVD now. Very interesting with the history of AIDS from the beginning and the problems with misinformation and lack of funds needed to try to combat this deadly disease. Packed with many top Hollywood actors also help make this easy to watch. Would highly recommend to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago