I was living in San Francisco when everything that was portrayed in this movie happened. I knew a little of it, but this movie showed I really had no idea what was happening behind the scenes. My brother was a drug user and died from AIDS, from sharing needles, so I have a personal interest in what happened during that time. The selling of tainted blood by the Red Cross and other organizations, even though they knew some of the blood was tainted, was a huge issue in the city and across the country. People going in for operations, would schedule their operations a ways out so that they had time to give their own blood, and have it stored for the operation at the hospital. There was so much distrust for the government, that lagged in even recognizing that there was a health crisis, and there was a distrust of organizations like the Red Cross. There was fear of the unknown. It was a very scary time for a lot of people.
I would highly recommend this movie. The acting was superb, and by the list of name stars that wanted to be a part of this movie, I think many people thought it was an important movie and one that needed to be told. It was emotional, because it was an emotional time, but the movie tried to present the facts in an unbiased way. My heart goes out to all the people who have died from AIDS, or AIDS related illnesses--over 25 million worldwide--and to the 36+million people who are now HIV positive. It is still a scary time for so many people.