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Zero Patience (1993)

An immortal, bigoted, unethical taxidermist is doing research on "Patient Zero", the gay flight attendant who allegedly was the first to bring AIDS to North America, for a museum show about contagious diseases, helped by the man's ghost.

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John Greyson

Writer:

John Greyson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Robinson John Robinson ... Sir Richard Burton
Normand Fauteux Normand Fauteux ... Zero
Dianne Heatherington Dianne Heatherington ... Mary
Richardo Keens-Douglas Richardo Keens-Douglas ... George
Bernard Behrens ... Dr. Placebo
Charlotte Boisjoli ... Maman
Brenda Kamino ... Dr. Cheng
Michael Callen Michael Callen ... Miss HIV
Marla Lukofsky ... African Green Monkey
Von Flores ... Ray
Scott Hurst Scott Hurst ... Michael
Duncan McIntosh Duncan McIntosh ... Ross
Cassel Miles Cassel Miles ... Barry
Benjamin Plener ... Ted
Ann Medina Ann Medina ... Narrator (voice)
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The ghost of Zero - "patient zero", who allegedly first brought aids to Canada - materialises and tries to contact old friends. Meanwhile, the Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton, who drank from the Fountain of Youth and now works as Chief Taxidermist at the Toronto Natural history Museum, is trying to organise an Aids Exhibition ... Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Musical

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 August 1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$217,300

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$217,300
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Talk about chutzpah!
2 February 2007 | by pogostiksSee all my reviews

The most extraordinary thing about this film to me is that during a Gay Pride day in Toronto, I met some people that I knew and mentioned to them that I had seen them in Zero Patience. I then began to sing the praises of this film, and a moment later, they introduced me to the friend who was with them. His name was John Greyson, and he was the director of the film I had just raved on about! Well, he certainly knew I wasn't just being polite! :0) I gave this film an 8 out of ten, first of all because of the fact that anyone who can make a musical comedy about AIDS right in the middle of the epidemic and pull it off has got balls. Secondly, he did it with an outrageous satire that spares no-one, from the devious doctors to the exploitative politicians, and even takes on Act Up members with aplomb. Some people have said bad things about the musical numbers; I found them to be full of surprise, inventiveness, humour and camp - not to mention a touch of whimsy and pathos. This film has so much packed into it that it almost defies definition. But all in all it works. Finally, although the tone is continually exaggerated, the actor playing Patient Zero managed to flesh out his character to the point where we could relate to a "real" person. And boy, is he sexy! So, I ask you, what is there not to like?


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