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Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1986 was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live. He started taking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AZT, the only legal drug available in the U.S, which brought him to the brink of death.

Starring:
Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner
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Dallas Buyers Club

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
Director Jean-Marc Vallee
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 2 June 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
Director Jean-Marc Vallee
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 2 June 2014
Main languages English

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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117 of 119 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Feb 2014
Format: Blu-ray
As a nurse during the AIDS crisis in the 1980's, it was one of the most frustrating experiences of my career. Dying men, families and friends who rejected them. Homemade signs as anyone entered town saying "BillyBob is a f*****, and he has AIDS. Funeral homes who would not take a person who had died with HIV. I could go on and on, but this film gives us a first hand experience.

"Dallas Buyers Club," directed by Jean-Marc Vallée gives us the story of a man, who had unprotected sex, mainlined drugs and developed HIV. You can find this kind of story anywhere, but it is the performances by Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto that bring this film to life. Ron Woodroof, played by McConaughey was a real-life figure. Diagnosed with HIV he could not believe it, a heterosexual man, cowboy, rodeo man, found himself with a 30 day life sentence. Unable to be part of the AZT trials, he began exploring alternative medications, went to Mexico and got better. He became partners with the men he detested the most, and soon became friends with them.

Jared Leto, as the transsexual, Rayon, is the epitome of an actor that transcends space and time. He deserves the Academy Award for his portrayal. We become emotionally involved with these two characters as they try to save their kind, while at the same time making money by charging to belong to the 'Club' and obtaining medications to keep them alive. Fighting the FDA, the physicians, big Pharma and any legal entity , they did their thing. Both actors lost a great deal of weight fir these roles, and it shows. We are waiting for them to keel over.

Try not to come to this film with pre-conceived ideas about this community. Let yourself into the story, and believe and observe their life. It takes a strong commitment to fight this good fight. Excellent film, but the performances will overwhelm you.

Recommended. prisrob 02-04-15
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Richards on 28 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
Well if you weren't a believer of the 'McConaughsance' you surely will be swayed after his outstanding turn as Ron Woodruf, an ignorant, blunt man who lives each moment as if it's his last until the day he is told that final day is coming around the corner very soon due to contracting the HIV virus. With terrific support from Jared Leto as his trans-gender pre-op confidante and Jennifer Garner as the smart non-judgemental doctor, Dallas Buyers Club slowly turns into the sort of movie that is worth your time and investment.
The character work in Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack's screenplay is sublime. offensive, ornery and devilishly confident, Ron remains a prickly rascal throughout, inappropriately selfless in how gloriously selfish he is. He staggers and swaggers through the film, refusing to die when the doctors say he should, persistent and confrontational to the end. you will be with him in spirit every step of the way.
there is also an interesting political, commercial aside going on especially towards the end of the film that adds textures and layers to the debate of the morality on show in the movie. Despite a harrowing subject it never overplays anything, remaining subtle for the most part and hardly a note of music is heard anywhere in terms of classical scoring.
If i had a gripe it would be to do with the pacing of the film..it can become a little confusing in terms of its time-line process but other than that this is the first great film of 2014. A film this bold and honest about imperfection and illness never felt so unashamed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phoober on 16 July 2014
Format: DVD
I rented this from Lovefilm and thankfully, didn't have to wait an age to see it.

Matthew McConaughey was brilliant. I've never seen him in a role like this before, so it was a real testimony to his versatility as an actor. Jared Leto was fantastic in it too - I didn't recognise him at first. He has a good pair of legs for a man! I was amazed at how much weight both these actors had had to lose for these roles and would question the ethics of acting here, but I suppose one must suffer for their art.....

This film did highlight how far we've come in a relatively short time with regards to attitudes towards homosexuality and AIDS/HIV; though it is heartbreaking to think that people who were diagnosed with AIDS back then were automatically ostracised and labelled homosexual and it is heartbreaking to see how homosexual men and women were treated as if they were some sort of parasite and deserved their suffering. Thank god times - for the best part - have changed.

I think what was most horrendous about this film was the lack of safe treatment and treatment on the whole for AIDS/HIV sufferers and how they used them as guinea pigs, not caring about the side effects of these treatments simply because those suffering from the disease were already dead as far as the medical profession were concerned. Things have changed a great deal in the 21st Century, but we all know what huge profits are made by pharmaceutical companies and how much American people must pay for medical insurance and thus treatment, if they can get insurance and thus treatment at all.

Anyway, all in all, this is quite a heart wrenching film and while the main character, Ron Woodroof, is not so likeable, one can't help feeling desperately sorry for him and what he went through and to feel a sense of admiration for the courage he showed in putting up a fight for himself and for others to get the treatment they needed in order to prolong their lives.
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