Dallas Buyers Club 2013 R CC

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Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career in this true story about a cowboy who takes matters into his own hands after he's diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live.

Starring:
Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner
Supporting actors Jared Leto, Denis O'Hare, Steve Zahn, Michael O'Neill, Dallas Roberts, Griffin Dunne, Kevin Rankin, Donna Duplantier, Deneen Tyler, J.D. Evermore, Ian Casselberry, Noelle Wilcox, Bradford Cox, Rick Espaillat, Lawrence Turner, Lucius Falick, James DuMont, Jane McNeill
Studio Focus Features
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Great performance by matthew McConaughey.
Shel
Matthew deserves the Oscar for his performance and I say that having seen every movie/best actor nominated movie.
Beth Wilder
I love that this is a true story about triumph and real life situations.
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224 of 256 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
"Dallas Buyers Club" (2013 release; 117 min.) brings the (real life) story of Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey). As the movie opens, it is July, 1985 (we see a newspaper headline about Rock Hudson being outed with AIDS), and we are at a rodeo in Dallas where Woodroof is getting it on with two girls at the same time, while also placing bets on rodeo riders. A picture is quickly painted of Woodroof as the Texan wild and crazy guy. Yet soon we see him struggling, coughing and generally not feeling well and when he is admitted in the hospital, he gets the shocking news that he is HIV positive and is given only 30 days to live by the doctors. Woodroof goes ballistic and refuses to accept his fate, only to find that the FDA is allowing only one approved drug (ATZ) on the market. Woodroof eventually finds alternative medications in Mexico. To tell you much more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, let's talk about Matthew McConaughey's performance. He will simply blow you away. The very first shot of him (a head shot, in which he physically already looks terrible) is pretty shocking, to be honest (McConaughey reportedly lost 40 lbs. for the film). This role continue's McConaughey's recent string of top notch performances (Mud, Killer Joe, Bernie, The Paperboy, just to name those), and surely he will (or at least should) get strong consideration for a Best Actor Oscar nomination. (It just makes you wish that McConaughey wouldn't have wasted so many years playing those tiresome rom-com roles time and again.) Second, much has been said as well about Jared Leto's role. He first appears about 30 min. into the movie as the cross-gender dressing gay Rayon, to become Woodroof's business partner.
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114 of 129 people found the following review helpful By M. Oleson TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 18, 2013
Format: DVD
Theatrical review. There may be spoilers.

It seems that Matthew McConaughey gets better and better as an actor with each film he's in. In this depressing (sorry) film he plays the real life Ron Woodroof. Set in 1985 Dallas, Woodroof is a skilled electrician (like his daddy), who plays harder than he works. He's a womanizing, part time bull-riding racist. He also likes a little "smack" to go with his women and his booze.

His negligence gets him a full blown case of HIV and ultimately AIDS. Given a month to live (he makes it 7 years), Woodroof pulls out all the stops to get drugs to help fight the disease. At the time, little was known about the disease but AZT was believed to have a positive effect and was approved for testing. But certainly not in the large doses, Ron was taking. His ill-gotten supply eventually runs out so he goes to Mexico to get some new treatment, none of which includes AZT or any other hard drug for that matter.

Given that AIDS mostly affected homosexual men at the time, Woodroof was ostracized by his friends and co-workers. He eventually has to put his homophobic beliefs aside and works with another patient at the hospital to create a "club" where membership includes free medicine. This sidesteps the law against bringing drugs of any kind into the country and reselling them without a proper license.

His friend Rayon (a memorable performance by Jared Leto) becomes his assistant and recruiter. Woodroof ends up going to Japan, The Netherlands and China after his access to Mexico is curtailed. All along the way, the DEA and other government entities stifle his ability to get treatment approved in the U. S.

The film isn't pleasant to watch, but does raise the real issues of getting drugs fast tracked for those in dire need who have little to lose. See the film for some remarkable acting performances if nothing else.
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110 of 125 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
1985. A sexually active, straight, carousing, drug abusing Texas rodeo cowboy collapses. At the hospital he is told he has HIV and has less than thirty days to live. Does he succumb to the diagnosis, or does something else happen entirely?

Dallas Buyers Club is based on a true story about Ron Woodruff. I must admit I was unfamiliar with this movie. The ticket seller gave me an unconvincing outline, and I was about to walk away when a couple overhearing our conversation assured me it was a good movie.

I am glad to say they were correct. This is the exact type of movie that wins Oscars, and gets many nominations.

Matthew Mc Conaughey deserves to be nominated for playing someone battling a deadly disease who takes on big drugs and the FDA, to enable other sufferers like himself to have access to supplements and life saving drugs. He reputedly lost about 40 pounds for the role, and at times does look very gaunt, which gives an added layer of reality to his portrayal.

This is a multi faceted movie full of interesting characters, which operates on multiple levels at once. The personal struggle, the parallel struggles and contrasts, and the battle against different facets of authority. Jennifer Garner in a supporting role plays a feisty yet compassionate doctor, while a colleague with more of an eye to profit becomes a doctor shill for big drugs, which are experimental, still unproven, and in the clinical trial stage, and may have toxic side effects, while our protagonist has to chase down a caring and competent doctor in Mexico who was disbarred, for less toxic alternatives.

Why does one experimental method, with an unproven drug, take priority over drugs that are unapproved by the FDA? Aren't drugs undergoing clinical trials also unapproved?
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