MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,733 this week

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

 |  Documentary, Biography, History
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 470 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 5 critic

A collection of profiles of people dead from AIDS who are remembered in the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 24 Oct 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 17 Jul 2012
 
a list of 624 titles
created 08 Jan 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright
We Were Here I (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis.

Directors: David Weissman, Bill Weber
Stars: Ed Wolf, Paul Boneberg, Daniel Goldstein
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A film about the work of the artist most famous for her monuments such as the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Civil Rights Fountain Memorial.

Director: Freida Lee Mock
Stars: Maya Lin
Vito (2011)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Stars: Phyllis Antonellis, Richard Barrios, Richard Berkowitz
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement.

Directors: Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg
Stars: Rita Mae Brown, Red Jordan Arobateau, Ann Bannon
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Susan Raymond
Stars: Susan Raymond, Deanna Burney
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Stars: Chris Owens
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Documentary chronicling the government relocation of 10,000 Navajo Indians in Arizona.

Director: Victoria Mudd
Stars: Martin Sheen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Burgess Meredith
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A film about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities.

Director: Barbara Trent
Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Abraham Alvarez, Carlos Cantú
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this film is a hilarious and affectionate look at the path to stardom inside the competitive world of opera.

Directors: Allie Light, Irving Saraf
Stars: William S. Jones
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of the post World War II Jewish refugee situation from liberation to the establishment of the modern state of Israel.

Director: Mark Jonathan Harris
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Edward Asner, Sean Astin
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Isaac Stern's cultural tour of China is seen, with the master violinist performing and mentoring young Chinese musicians. He visits rehearsals of the Peking Opera, meeting with their ... See full summary »

Director: Murray Lerner
Stars: Isaac Stern, David Golub, Li Delun
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Sara Lewinstein ...
Storyteller (story subject: Dr. Tom Waddell)
David Mandell ...
Storyteller (story subject: David Mandell Jr.)
Suzi Mandell ...
Storyteller (story subject: David Mandell Jr.)
Sallie Perryman ...
Storyteller (story subject: Robert Perryman)
Vito Russo ...
Storyteller (story subject: Jeffrey Sevcik)
Tracy Torrey ...
Storyteller (story subject: himself and David C. Campbell)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregg Baker ...
Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Gary Bauer ...
Himself - Policy Advisor to the President (archive footage)
Robert Bazell ...
Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Kevin Boyle ...
Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Edward Brandt ...
Himself - Assistant Secretary for Health (archive footage)
...
Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Bobbi Campbell ...
Himself (archive footage)
David C. Campbell ...
Himself (archive footage)
Marcus A. Conant ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Marcus A. Conant M.D.)
Edit

Storyline

This film recounts the lives and deaths of various victims of AIDS who are commemorated in the AIDS quilt. It is a massive cloth collecting each piece as a memorial for each victim of the disease to both show the death toll and to show the humanity of the victims to those who would rather demonize them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

aids | memorial | quilt | homosexual | hiv | See All (38) »


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Caminhos Cruzados  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Narrator: It took Rock Hudson's death to capture America's attention. By that time, AIDS had already killed 15 thousand of other Americans. Rock Hudson is the most famous name in the giant quilt, a memorial to ten thousand names of men, women and children who came along very different roads to the same fate.
See more »

Connections

References Two for the Road (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Common Threads
Written and Performed by Bobby McFerrin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brave Film Which Shed Light On Unfolding Tragedy
8 December 2005 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

This documentary accomplishes what most films sent out to do; move and transform audience members. What we have here is a remarkable movie which managed to change the way people viewed the AIDS crisis.

The success of the film's impact lies in its structural simplicity; we hear from the survivors of AIDS victims in ways which humanize their suffering.

Much has been written about the haunting musical score.

I had one slight problem with the film; its Amnerican-centric message. I wish the filmmakers would have paid more attention to the subject matter by giving us more of a world-view. This would have increased the film's credibility.

However, this is a quibble. What we have here is a motion picture which gives lasting testament to the personal courage exhibited by both victims and survivors.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?