Activist groups ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) are formed to demonstrate and convince the government and the pharmaceutical industry to speed up human trials on experimental drugs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. The hospitals are refusing to treat these patients and the drugs are taking too long in the pipeline with people dying every day. A retired doctor starts working with the groups to educate them on medical information. This is really helpful to the groups, they begin buying drugs from other counters through their TAG organization and distributing them.
It is an injustice in the health care system to not treat people who are suffering but turn them away. These patients can’t wait between 7-10 years for drugs to be approved that are over the counter in other countries. This is a real history lesson and valuable for looking back on this time. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
109 min, Doc directed by David France with Bill Bahlman, David Barr, Gregg Bordowitz, Matthew Ebert, Jim Eigo, Susan Ellenberg, Mark Harrington.
Note: Blockbuster 4 ½*, imdb 7.3 out of 10, 100% critic 81% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.