Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Director: Jean-Marc Valet
Writers: Craig Bowden, Melissa Wareck
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts, Kevin Rankin, Dennis O’Hara, Jane McNeil Griffin Dunne / James Dumont / Juliet Reeves / Steffi Grote / J.D. Evermore
Genre: Drama / Biography / Homosexuality / Humanity
Region: United States
Language: English / Japanese
Release: 2013-09-07 (Toronto Film Festival) / 2013-11-22 (USA)
Length: 117 minutes
Also known as: Renewing Life Heroes (Hong Kong) / Medicine Life Club (Taiwan) / Dallas Customer Club / Pill Club
Rating: IMDB 7.9 / Rotten Tomatoes 92%
In 1986 in Dallas, USA, the homophobic Texas electrician Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) found himself suffering from “gay disease”-AIDS, with only 30 days left to live. The AZT (azidethymidine) he used was the only anti-AIDS drug approved by the FDA at that time, but it was extremely toxic. In order to survive, RON began researching various anti-aids prescriptions and alternative therapies, and even smuggled unapproved drugs from around the world. With the help of doctor Sachs (Jennifer Garner) and transvestite Raymond (Jared Leto), Ron began to form an underground organization called the “Dallas Buyers Club”. Provide more “unconventional treatments” for AIDS patients, and many sick gay men also turn to him for help. His move was naturally obstructed and pressured by the Drug Administration and drug companies. Ron finally died in September 1992, 2,557 days after he was told he had only 30 days to live. In the past 7 years, he has relentlessly fought against the disease, the Drug Administration and drug manufacturers, and enjoyed the life he really lived…
Adapted from real events, this film tells the story of how a terminally ill patient strives to survive and save thousands of people facing the same situation. It was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor/Actor in a Drama Series and won 29 awards.
“Dallas Buyers Club” is a 2013 biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Garner. The movie is based on the true story of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in the mid-1980s and subsequently began smuggling and selling unapproved drugs to other AIDS patients who were unable to access proper treatment.
The film follows Woodroof’s efforts to create a buyers club to distribute the drugs and his clashes with the medical establishment and the FDA. Along the way, he forms an unlikely friendship with a transgender woman named Rayon (Leto), who also has AIDS, and begins to question his own prejudices and assumptions about the disease and the people affected by it.
“Dallas Buyers Club” received critical acclaim upon its release, with particular praise for McConaughey’s transformative performance as Woodroof and Leto’s portrayal of Rayon. The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning three, including Best Actor for McConaughey and Best Supporting Actor for Leto. The film was also a commercial success, grossing over $55 million worldwide on a budget of just $5 million.