Born on March 22nd, 1959
From Loma Linda, California
Sammy (Matthew Modine) isn't mute. But no one knows that. After he was seemingly abandoned by his mother at the age of 10, Sammy took a vow of a silence. Since then, everyone in the tiny town of Barrington, Ga., has treated him as a deaf-mute. This puts Sammy in the unique position of being in on the secrets of its citizens, including domineering matron Tynan (Claire Bloom), her oafish son (Jake Weber) and her sensitive daughter (Anne Bobby). But what happens when his own secret gets loose?
In 1981, epidemiologist Don Francis (Matthew Modine) learns of an increased rate of death among gay men in urban areas. The startling information leads him to begin investigating the outbreak, which is ultimately identified as AIDS. His journey finds mostly opposition from politicians and doctors, but several join him in his cause. As it becomes apparent that people have personal reasons to turn the other cheek, Francis persists. Meanwhile, the number of deaths continues to grow.