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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 Vass, an American physician whose license was revoked in the ...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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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) (3 November 2013)

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$27,298,285 (USA)
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Jared Leto waxed his whole body for the film. See more »

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During the drilling incident with the illegal alien, a red Ford F-150 is visible in the background. That particular model with composition headlamps didn't appear until 1986 at least a year before Ron was diagnosed with HIV. A Saab 900 convertible seen in the background during Ron's first visit to Mexico wasn't imported to the United States until 1987 model year. See more »

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Rayon: [looking at picture of Ray's father and sister together] She looks great. I guess I didn't make the cut.
Rayon's Father: You made that choice yourself.
Rayon: It wasn't a choice, Dad.
Rayon's Father: What do you want, Raymond?
Rayon: Oh, I'm fine, thanks. And you? Long time no see.
Rayon's Father: I suppose I should thank you for wearing men's clothes and not embarrassing me.
Rayon: Are you ashamed of me? 'Cause I hadn't realized that.
Rayon's Father: God help me.
Rayon: He is helping you. I have AIDS.
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For the record...
20 February 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

In the interest of balance (and as a clue to the filmmaker's intentions), it's worth noting that many friends and associates of the real life Ron Woodruff have attested that he was not remotely homophobic and worked happily alongside gays. Some even thought he was gay, or at least bi. (Interviews with these people can easily be found online). In choosing to depict Woodruff as a redneck homophobe Dallas Buyers Club rather self-consciously opts for an unquestionably straight hero, while almost entirely airbrushing gays out of the picture. It also defames a real life hero who has nobody left to defend him. The truth, of course, is that the Dallas Buyers Club, like many similar ventures at the time, was largely run by gay activists. But they are nowhere to be seen here. Instead, we have the titillating composite figure of Rayon, the transvestite with a heart of (Oscar) gold. Again, interesting that the filmmakers opted to replace all those real life gays with a star turn for an actor in a dress.

Many reviewers have been happy to describe this movie as sensitive or daring or brave. In fact, it's just another piece of Hollywood exploitation, as timid and untruthful in its way as Philadelphia, and far more concerned with being a showcase for actors than with the truth of the story it purports to be championing.


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