Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

Jean-Marc Vallée (2013)

111min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

Premiere. A man diagnosed with HIV and given 30 days to live discovers that many treatments for his condition are not available in the US. With the aid of a transsexual Aids patient, he sets up a scheme to smuggle the drugs into the country and distribute them to those in need. Fact-based drama, starring Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, with Jennifer Garner and Steve Zahn.

Cast & Crew

Ron Woodroof Matthew McConaughey
Dr Eve Saks Jennifer Garner
Rayon Jared Leto
Dr Sevard Denis O'Hare
Tucker Steve Zahn
Richard Barkley Michael O'Neill
David Wayne Dallas Roberts
Dr Vass Griffin Dunne
TJ Kevin Rankin
Director Jean-Marc Vallée
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: swearing, sexual references, nudity, drug abuseAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 Feb 2014
Drama