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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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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 diagnosed with the disease.

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Dallas 1985. Electrician and sometimes rodeo bull rider Ron Woodroof lives hard, which includes heavy smoking, drinking, drug use (primarily cocaine) and casual sex. He is racist and homophobic. While in the hospital on a work related injury, the doctors discover and inform him that he is HIV+, and that he will most-likely die within thirty days. Ron is initially in angry denial that he would have a disease that only "faggots" have, but upon quick reflection comes to the realization that the diagnosis is probably true. He begins to read whatever research is available about the disease, which at this time seems to be most effectively treated by the drug AZT. AZT, however, is only in the clinical trials stage within the US. Incredulous that he, as a dying man, cannot pay for any drug which may save or at least prolong his life, he goes searching for it by whatever means possible. It eventually leads him to Mexico and a "Dr." Vass, an American physician whose license was revoked in the ... Written by Huggo

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Dare to Live

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Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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22 November 2013 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$260,865 (USA) (1 November 2013)

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$27,296,514 (USA) (25 April 2014)
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Matthew McConaughey lost 47 pounds for his role as an AIDS patient. Newspapers said he was "terribly gaunt" and "wasting away to skin and bones." See more »

Goofs

The Elnett hairspray on Rayon's beauty vanity is in a newer 2000s-style bottle. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Eve Saks: We can make you comfortable.
Ron Woodroof: What? Hook me up to the morphine drip, let me fade on out? Nah. Sorry, lady, but I prefer to die with my boots on.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Lena Dunham/The National (2014) See more »

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Stayin Alive
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A Facisnating True Story with Gritty Realism and Excellent Performances
20 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the best films I've seen this year! A raw, gritty, and incredible true story about a HIV diagnosed man who went to extraordinary lengths to survive at a time when the AIDS epidemic was at it's worst.

Matthew McConaughey who lost a significant amount of weight to play the role gives the performance of his career along with Jared Leto who's equally as good here. The two give quite possibly the best performances I've seen in a film all year in which I actually forgot I was watching actors in a film and instead felt as if I was watching real people. There's no doubt they will both receive nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

While this kind of story does feel a bit familiar overall, it's excellent screenplay and sense of realism along with the excellent performances make up for it. While it's defiantly not easy viewing and a bit of a downer to watch, it's a truly inspiring (and important) true story and one of the years best films.

McConaughey has been made out to be a bit of a laughing stock after starring in a series of really mediocre films. His recent performances however, have shown that the man truly is one of the best actors working in the business right now. Dallas Buyers Club is only further proof of this.


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