Where to Watch "And the Band Played On"


Directed by

Roger Spottiswoode

Lila Sommers
Lila Sommers
· 4 min read

Who's in it?

Richard Gere

Richard Gere

Matthew Modine

Matthew Modine

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Patrick Bauchau

Patrick Bauchau

Nathalie Baye

Nathalie Baye

Christian Clemenson

Christian Clemenson

David Clennon

David Clennon

Phil Collins

Phil Collins

Bud Cort

Bud Cort

Alex Courtney

Alex Courtney

"And the Band Played On" stands as a powerful testament to the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Adapted from Randy Shilts' critically acclaimed book, the film offers a gripping account of the initial discovery of the disease, the challenges faced by the medical community, and the societal and political obstacles that hindered effective response.

Historical Context:

Set in the early 1980s, the film captures a time of immense confusion and fear. As AIDS began to claim lives, the lack of knowledge about its origins, transmission, and treatment made it a formidable and terrifying foe.

The movie sheds light on the prejudices and biases that further complicated the situation, especially against the gay community.

Release Information:

  • Release Date: September 11, 1993
  • Duration: 141 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Platform: Premiered on HBO

Cast & Crew:

  • Lead Actor: Matthew Modine delivers a riveting performance as Dr. Don Francis, a CDC epidemiologist determined to understand and combat the disease.
  • Supporting Cast: The film boasts a stellar ensemble including Alan Alda, Ian McKellen, Glenne Headly, and Richard Gere, each bringing depth to their respective roles.
  • Director: Roger Spottiswoode masterfully navigates the complex narrative, blending personal stories with broader societal issues.
  • Writers & Producers: Arnold Schulman adapted Randy Shilts' detailed investigative work for the screen, with Sarah Pillsbury and Midge Sanford producing.

Where to Watch

United States (US)

There are currently no streaming offers in the US.

  • Stream: Available on Max Amazon Channel, Max, and DIRECTV.
  • Buy/Rent: Platforms include Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Vudu, and Microsoft Store.

Australia (AU)

There are currently no streaming offers in the AU.

  • Stream: Available on Foxtel Now.
  • Buy/Rent: Currently, no buying or renting options available.

United Kingdom (GB)

There are currently no streaming offers in the GB.

  • Stream: Currently, no streaming options available.
  • Buy/Rent: Platforms include Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, and YouTube.

Brazil (BR)

There are currently no streaming offers in the BR.

  • Stream: Available on HBO Max.
  • Buy/Rent: Currently, no buying or renting options available.

France (FR)

There are currently no streaming offers in the FR.

  • Stream: Available on Pass Warner Amazon Channel.
  • Buy/Rent: Currently, no buying or renting options available.

Canada (CA)

There are currently no streaming offers in the CA.

  • Stream: Available on Crave.
  • Buy/Rent: Platforms include Apple TV, Google Play Movies, and YouTube.

Production Details:

  • Production Company: HBO Pictures
  • Filming Locations: The film authentically recreates the 1980s setting, capturing the ambiance of medical labs, government offices, and community gatherings.
  • Budget: While exact figures remain undisclosed, the film's production values, cast, and scope indicate a significant investment by HBO.

Themes & Significance:

The film delves into themes of prejudice, ignorance, and the consequences of bureaucratic inertia. It underscores the importance of scientific integrity, compassion, and community solidarity in the face of adversity.

Reception & Impact:

Critics and audiences alike praised "And the Band Played On" for its unflinching portrayal of a global health crisis. The film played a pivotal role in raising awareness about AIDS and the challenges faced by patients, researchers, and advocates. Its legacy endures as a reminder of the importance of empathy, understanding, and swift action in public health crises.

Awards & Nominations:

The film garnered numerous accolades, including Emmy Awards for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or a Special, among others.


  • The film features real-life footage of Rock Hudson, one of the first major celebrities to die from AIDS-related complications.
  • Randy Shilts, the author of the original book, was a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and one of the first openly gay journalists to cover the AIDS epidemic.
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