this is an AMAZING movie which has to be seen by every person on the planet. It is the story of the beginning of the AIDS crisis and its effect on the world. The movie was made for tv by HBO but can now be found in video stores everywhere. By the end you'll hate Dr. Gallo and have even more hate towards Reagan This is a Gay Right of Passage.

Also, a nifty little song, I'm unsure about the origins. I first heard this sung by Mandy Patinkin:

Matt Casey formed a social club that beat the town for style,
And hired for a meeting place a hall.
When payday came around each week they greased the floor with wax.
And danced with noice and vigor at the ball.
Each Saturday you'd see them dressed up in Sunday clothes,
Each lad would have his sweetheart by his side.
When Casey led the first grand march, they all would fall in line,
Behind the man who was their joy and pride. For...

Casey would waltz with the strawberry blonde
And the band played on.
He'd glide 'cross the floor with girl he adored,
And the band played on.
But his brains were so loaded, they nearly exploded
The poor girl would shake with alarm.
But he'd ne'er leave the girl with the strawberry curls
And the band played on.

Such kissing in the corner and such whispering in the hall,
And telling tales of love behind the stairs.
As Casey was the favourite, and he that ran the ball,
Of kissing and love-making did his share.
At twelve o'clock exactly they all would fall in line,
then march down to the dining hall and eat.
But Casey would not join them, although everything was fine,
But he stayed upstairs and exercised his feet. For...


Now when the dance was over and the band played 'Home Sweet Home',
They played a tune at Casey's own request.
He thanked them very kindly for the favours they had shown,
Then he'd waltz once with the girl that he loved best.
Most all the friends are married, that Casey used to know,
And Casey too had taken a wife.
The blonde he used to waltz and glide with on the ballroom floor,
Is happy Mrs. Casey now for life!


This movie was made in 1993, and stars Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, and Lily Tomlin. Plus an array of guest stars including Richard Gere, Phil Collins, Swoosie Kurtz, Anjelica Huston, Bud Cort, and Steve Martin.

It was based on the book written by Randy Shiltz, and directed by Roger Spottiswoode.

Executive Producers were E. Duke Vincent and Aaron Spelling. (Apparently Spelling can make movies that don't suck.)

My favourite part of this movie is when the CDC holds a conference to discuss testing the blood supply for Hepatitus B, in order to screen for AIDS, because they hadn't found the virus yet, but knew the Hep B test was 88% effective.

Blood Bank Head Honcho :
"Is the CDC seriously suggesting that the blood industry spend one hundred million dollars a year to use a test for the wrong disease, because we've had a handful of transfusion fatalities and eight dead hemophiliacs?!?"

Don Francis (Matthew Modine) gets up and yells:
"How many dead hemophiliacs do you need? How many people have to die to make it cost efficient for you to do something about it? A hundred? A thousand? Give us a number! So we wont annoy you again, until the money you begin spending on lawsuits makes it more profitable for you to save people, than to kill them!"

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