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Dallas Buyers Club 2014

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In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner
1 hour, 56 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Historical
Director Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner
Supporting actors Jared Leto, Denis O'Hare, Steve Zahn, Michael O'Neill, Dallas Roberts, Griffin Dunne, Kevin Rankin, Donna Duplantier, Deneen Tyler, J.D. Evermore, Ian Casselberry, Noelle Wilcox, Bradford Cox, Rick Espaillat, Lawrence Turner, Lucius Falick, James DuMont, Jane McNeill
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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154 of 157 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 April 2014
Format: DVD
Dallas, the eighties (as in 1980s). Cue whoring, drinking, wild, and sometimes bull-riding Matthew McConaughey, who is diagnosed with Aids and given 30 days to live.

You know what, "Dallas Buyers Club" would not be that magnificent if not for the spectacular McConaughey. Do you even remember him in the early days when he was the most likely romantic hero coupled up with Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lopez? He is now completely reinvented. After all the superb performances recently, and losing half of his body weight to play the changed homophobe, he totally deserved an Oscar. The screen literally lights when he is on camera, he is so alive and yet he is about to die. Fighting the system which would not prescribe or let him on a trial of the new drug, he uses his thirty days to setting up and start running an illegal business (ingeniously set up "membership club") of HIV drugs for all.

Yes, he starts running the enterprise, but it's not about big money and profit. It's about odds and one man's determination to stay alive and keep alive the very people that he despised. And, believe it or not, there is a pinch of humour thrown in.

Ultimately, this is an uplifting story of abiding hope and unlikely bravery. And Jared Leto is fantastic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 4 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have rightly been hailed as the best things about this semi-biographical story set in 1985, that looks at the rising AIDS crisis, through the respective perspectives of a hard living electrician cum rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), and a self-destructive transgender prostitute named Rayon (Leto). However, Jennifer Garner’s earnest doctor, who comes into contact with Woodroof when he is diagnosed HIV positive, also impresses, as do Griffin Dunne as a disgraced MD who provides non-approved anti-AIDS drugs to Woodroof thus establishing the titular ‘club’, and Kevin Rankin as T.J., Ron’s rabidly-homophobic best buddy, who quickly turns on his former friend once Woodroof’s condition becomes known.

McConaughey turns method here, losing a shocking amount of weight and immersing himself in his portrayal of a man who is to all intents and purposes a nasty piece of work. Whoring, boozing, engaging in homophobic banter with his ne’er do well workmates, and generally strutting around like a misogynistic macho moron, Ron is an intensely unlikeable character – until the spectre of AIDS stops him in his tracks, and leads him to become something like a decent human being.

But it’s arguably Leto, as the disaffected Rayon, who steals the show; his tragic-comic streetwalker ultimately finding some kind of true (platonic) love with the fast-deteriorating Woodroof, after attempting (and failing) to patch things up with his estranged father. The relationship between Ron and Rayon moves from mutual contempt to mutual respect, and their relationship is what lies at the heart of this film. Having said that, despite Ron’s improved character, we still see him as essentially a user with an unquenchable carnal appetite – the scene where he meets an HIV-infected woman for the first time leads inevitably into sordid territory, and the film rightly never seeks to portray him as a hero.
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26 of 29 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 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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