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on 7 June 2018
Ron Woodroof as played brilliantly by Matthew McConaughey in this dramatised portrayal of his life, is an ignorant and foul-mouthed bigot, homophobe and racist, a sex addict, and generally a man with little purpose except to live for the moment. Early in the movie he has to face being told he is HIV positive, and from then on, his life takes on a momentum whereby he educates himself, and by bending some rules, helps other AIDS sufferers to acquire medications unapproved by the FDA but which help them. Woodroof's actions paved the way for change in the way the disease was viewed and treated, and his story ultimately is an uplifting one, of how an individual and his supporters take on the health and pharmaceutical establishment. His partner in the venture is Rayon, a fellow sufferer and transgender man, played by Jared Leto whose androgynous looks make him ideal in the role, a bit like Cillian Murphy's Kitten Braden in Breakfast on Pluto for much the same reason, playing the character as a transgender man, not a female impersonator. McConaughey and Leto have to be admired especially for having lost between them around a hundred pounds in weight to play the roles of these desperately sick men - dedication indeed!
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on 25 July 2014
Absolutely love this film. Matt and Jared give outstanding portrayals of their characters. Based on the true story of Ron Woodman's fight to be able to treat himself with non FDA approved medication. Ron discovers he has developed AIDs and has trouble accepting the information and his 30 day time line until he starts reading and realises he had unprotected sex with a woman who had needle tracks up her arms. He meets Rayon (Jared Leto) whilst in hospital following a collapse and is downright rude to the transsexual character, you can hear the accusation in his tone and see it in his body language. Rayon is a lovely character and is flawlessly and sympathetically delivered by Leto.
Rayon and Ron meet again later in the film as Ron starts up his "Dallas Buyers Club", where people pay for membership but not for the non FDA drugs he is supplying. They are more vitamin and mineral supplements that have shown to help AID's sufferers but because they are non FDA approved they are classed as illegal. Ron and Rayon are basically persecuted by the FDA but he fights on.
When Rayon dies I dare you not to have tears in your eyes, his weak and breathy "I don't wanna die" is enough to make you grab the tissues.
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on 2 July 2014
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GOSH - what an amazing film. Was away when it came into the cinemas and so pre-ordered it from Amazon.

I'm a Matthew McConaughey admirer (also loved and recommend 'The Lincoln Lawyer' another brilliant MMcC film, albeit VERY different).

Didn't think I would be able to cope with the continuous VERY foul language at the beginning but glad I stuck with it. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING PERFORMANCES FROM ALL ACTORS. Not always easy to watch but a film that stays on your mind a long time after you've finished viewing.

MMcC lost so much weight for the film that he looked like an old man in his 60's and I'm not sure that I would have recognised him if I hadn't known that he was in the film. The only identifying thing about him was his Texan drawl.

FANTASTIC. RECOMMENDED

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on 5 May 2015
An unusual and no holds barred tale of rodeo culture, trailer trash, drugs, sex and AIDS. You wouldn't use this film as a tourist promotion for visiting Texas! Some choice language and some less than romantic sexual encounters are an essential ingredient in a story of realisation, anger, frustration and redemption of a "cowboy" who discovers he has AIDS and tries to help himself and others obtain access to drugs which might be able to hold back the disease or at least slow its progress. Based on a true story and full of determination - not for the faint-hearted but well worth the time invested in watching it.
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on 16 October 2017
Gritty, hard-talking film about the effects of HIV/AIDS on a community in Dallas, Texas. As Ron. the main protagonist, a very sexually active heterosexual man, discovers he has HIV, we watch his psychological and emotional transformation from homophobia to gender acceptance and engagement. After he is informed that he has 30 days to live, we see how he transitions from non-acceptance to near mental breakdown, and then he finds incredible strength and courage to seek out the "non-approved" medication which relieves the symptoms and extends his life - with some quality and dignity. Utterly convincing performances by Matthew McConaughey as Ron and by Jared Leto - as the cross-dressing Rayon - who becomes Ron's business partner. Based upon a true story, the film also shows the corruption in the FDA, and its "too close" relationships with the major Pharma companies in the US. Amazing film - but be prepared for an emotional roller coaster!
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on 10 July 2014
A very, very moving film about a subject I was so far away from in my life and that scared me and many of us who lived our young lives through the 80's and 90's. Well of course we were bombarded by the media and government warning films.

DBC gives a tremendous insight into the effects of HIV and the way Big Pharma and the US FDA dealt with it.

It sets out one man's battle with the disease and his exploration of non approved medication seeking better outcomes for him and the member of the DBC. This is a fitting memorial to his work and I salute him for his dogged questioning of the system.

Excellent acting, excellent direction and I am thankful that there are still films being made about subjects we need to hear about that the establishment would rather we did not.

Excellent.
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on 18 April 2017
Matthew McConaughey is absolutely fantastic in this movie together with a superb cast...the movies direction/script is superb and faultless...a very moving film that deserved to win all awards that were going.....A great watch and again an unforgettable performance by Matthew McConaughey
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on 9 March 2015
A heart rendering film which takes off from the beginning in which Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are truly. The stor,y based on the true life of Ron Woodruff, dispels the myths of the early days of HIV/AIDS are brings to the fore the fear, sadness, desperation and anger of sufferers who find themselves isolated and stigmatised by society's ignorance of a new disease. The perserverance of Woodruff to explore medication that works springs from his necessity for self-preservation, to help his fellow sufferers, and at the same time make money. A wonderfully constructed film that has to be a must-see.
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on 10 October 2014
I bought these two copies as presents as it is one of the best films I've ever seen. the story is brilliant, the acting outstanding and the characters are totally loveable, apart from the fda like. don't be put off by the slight raunchiness of some of the film, it's just an important explanation of ron woodroof's story, as he goes from being an ignorant homophobe through his journey of his aids fight and coming out the other end as a truly excellent human being. a lot of important films are a bit worthy, but this is one film everyone over the age of fifteen should see as it is a lesson in humanity, full of touching moments and some belly laughs too.
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on 8 July 2014
I had almost given up on so called films of the year having been unable to get through first American Hustle and then the even more laughable Rush so my expectations were very low . But from the first moment I was hooked and the hustle rogue Ron Woodroof totally lived up to the hype. Both McConaughey and Leto are brilliant and I loved how the film dared to show the fiasco of the drug giants/ hospitals and the need for all to be included . A brilliant brave film , all the better for showing the sleazy rather than a more sentimental approach to illness .
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