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Zero Patience (1993)

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 ... See full summary »

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John Greyson

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John Greyson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Von Flores ... Ray
Scott Hurst Scott Hurst ... Michael
Duncan McIntosh Duncan McIntosh ... Ross
Cassel Miles ... Barry
Benjamin Plener ... Ted
Ann Medina Ann Medina
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Storyline

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:

Paciente Zero See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$217,300
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Important but sloppy
23 May 2000 | by PlanNineSee all my reviews

Zero Patience is provocative, engaging and indeed, an important film. It is an accessible way to be introduced to many issues regarding AIDS. However, this musical is never very engaging. The main fault of this is the music itself, which is dated and irking.

The plot and characters of Zero Patience are involving enough. Too bad the rhythm of the film keeps getting interrupted by musical numbers that don't really seem to fit and are not very entertaining. These pieces fall flat in terms of conception and seem to want to be campier than they actually are.

In summary: it's an important movie about AIDS that was sloppily conceived.


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