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Dallas Buyers Club

  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Jean-Marc Vallée
  • 111 mins
  • 15

Summary

Drama based on a true story starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto. In the mid-1980s, macho, homophobic rodeo rider Ron Woodroof is stunned to discover that he is HIV-positive. He begins to research the illness, and soon becomes convinced that a new, experimental treatment is the most effective way to prolong his life. But he's not allowed to buy it in the United States.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Featuring a superb, Oscar-winning performance by Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club takes a refreshingly frank and unsentimental view of the 1980s Aids crisis - it's still a rare drama that shows HIV-positive characters as heroes rather than victims or martyrs. Based on a true story, the film stars McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a fast-living Texas redneck who becomes infected after a fling with a junkie. At first Woodruff is in denial, but he soon realises that his hospital treatment isn't helping, and so begins a series of schemes to bring alternative medicines to his fellow patients. Director Jean-Marc Vallée smartly keeps things low-key and subtle, allowing Woodruff to blossom quite plausibly from a racist homophobe into a noble civil-rights crusader, aided in his cause by Jared Leto (another Oscar winner) as a fragile transsexual. The sight of a gaunt McConaughey gives the film immediate impact, but by the end it is the willingness of the US government to help giant pharmaceutical companies in the fixing of drug prices that proves more shocking.

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Credits

Cast

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Ron WoodroofMatthew McConaughey
Dr Eve SaksJennifer Garner
RayonJared Leto
Dr SevardDenis O'Hare
TuckerSteve Zahn
Richard BarkleyMichael O'Neill
David WayneDallas Roberts
Dr VassGriffin Dunne
TJKevin Rankin

Crew

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DirectorJean-Marc Vallée

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2014-02-07
Guidance
swearing, nudity, drug abuse
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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