My Brothers Keeper
My Brother’s Keeper is a moving drama, based on a true story, about a family’s struggle with HIV and a community that rallied around them with emotional and financial support when their struggle took them to the courts.
John Lithgow plays twin brothers, Bob and Tom Bradley, both of them well-loved school teachers in a community on Long Island. Tom, who is HIV positive, is offered a unique opportunity to have a bone marrow transplant from his brother to keep the HIV from progressing. Although it is unknown if the procedure will succeed, doctors believe the chances are good because of the brothers’ identical genetic make-up. Just before the scheduled date of the procedure, however, Tom’s insurance company announces it will not cover the procedure.
When the brothers decide to go to court to fight the insurance company, they know that Tom’s illness will generate publicity, and possibly prejudice. But instead of hate mail, Tom receives nothing but support from the entire community. Tom’s case becomes a cause to celebrate and, in part with money raised by Tom’s students, friends, and neighbors, they win their court case four months later.
The drama chronicles this extraordinary fight for life and justice, and the warm-hearted support a community gives to thank a great teacher.
Based on a true story, John Lithgow portrays twin brothers Bob and Tom Bradley. Both are very loved school teachers on Long Island. Tom, who is HIV positive, is offered a wonderful opportunity to have a bone marrow transplant from Bob to keep the HIV from getting any worse and, possibly, even allowing him to be cured. However, just before they are to go to the hospital, the insurance company sends a letter stating they think the procedure is experimental and, therefore, will not pay for it. We award this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. Although the film meets our criteria to be approved for all ages, the very young would no doubt find it to be slow going.