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A 1989 American film directed by Norman Rene that follows the lives of several gay men (Stephen Caffrey, Dermot Mulroney, Bruce Davison, Mark Lamos) during the AIDS epidemic.

It is the first film to deal with gay men affected by the AIDS Crisis.

The movie also stars John Dossett, Mary-Louise Parker, Welker White, Michael Schoeffling, Brian Cousins, Annie Golden, and Dan Butler.

It was released on October 11, 1989.

Tropes for the film:

  • Ghost Reunion Ending: The ending has the surviving characters meet their friends who died of AIDS over the course of the movie.
  • Imagine Spot: Several characters die throughout the movie, and it ends with the three surviving ones walking along the beach and they imagine being reunited with all their friends who have died of AIDS. Then it cuts back to the three of them alone, wondering if a cure will ever be found.
  • Tragic AIDS Story: The movie is about AIDS impacting the lives of several gay men, many of whom die because of the disease. The film ends with a heartbreaking Imagine Spot where the three surviving friends are walking along the beach and are reunited with their deceased friends before it cuts back to them alone.
  • Viewer-Friendly Interface: Arguably justified by Sean's deteriorating health, as vision problems were commonly associated with AIDS at the time.