Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

DVD - 2014
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Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof's free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Shunned and ostracized by many old friends and bereft of government-approved medicines, he decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, he joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts and established a hugely successful "buyers' club."

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Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof's free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Bypassing the establishment, he joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts and established a hugely successful 'buyers' club.'


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Nooksack20
Jul 13, 2017

Good movie, bad subject matter...but I guess that can't be helped. Matthew M. was great as the guy who wouldn't take no for an answer.

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Miller1114
Feb 18, 2017

One of the more honest depictions about those afflicted with AIDS and HIV. This movie ranks up there with Philadelphia.

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erinsnest
Jul 21, 2016

July 20 2016......This was a great movie.

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publicenemy45
Jul 19, 2016

good movie very informative. seeing how White Trash live. I learn a lot from watching these drug infested White Trash people live.

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Regan_12
Apr 14, 2016

This is what good film making is all about. Great acting and script.. take the film as it is, 'based' on a true story only.. there's plenty fiction to make it entertaining. I thoroughly support the Oscars awarded to McConaughey and Leto.. convincing actors who gave 100% to the roles.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Mar 06, 2016

An award winning film that I liked!! Both guys deserved their Academy Awards for this true life story. EXCELLENT, if you enjoy this movie you should also watch And The Band Played On. We've been living with AIDS so long, I think people forget what it was like in those early days

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LittleNoName
Jan 01, 2016

Absolutely recommend. Loved how the main characters transform.

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MikeBlain
Oct 18, 2015

You probably know this movie is about people suffering from AIDS before you watch it. Afterwards you understand it is really about how the FDA works to protect drug companies, by preventing patients from using non-toxic supplements and treatments. The statements by the judge in the court scene summed up the movie's message.

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breemu
Oct 18, 2015

I've known guys like this, smooth talking con men always on the lookout for an edge, a way to make a buck, any opportunity to line their own pocket at the expense of (usually) someone else's misfortune as they go through life in an endlessly self-serving party mode. He didn't even do anything particularly original as he was only copying a system of drug sales already in use by others to circumvent legalities. If it hadn't been for the (entirely fictional) character of Rayon, it would have been extremely difficult to depict "Ron" as any kind of character worthy of our sympathies. But, in that vein, McConaughey's performance as a narcissistic opportunist with HIV was excellent, and Leto was truly lovely as the (fictional) Rayon.

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kanatasai
Aug 15, 2015

Absolutely fabulous!! Jared Leto and Matt McConaughey performed amazing well throughout the entire movie. I haven't seen such a good movie for a very long time; it is a must see.

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aaa5756 Aug 04, 2014

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

aaa5756 Aug 04, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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jimg2000
May 28, 2014

Judge: The constitution,
specifically the Ninth Amendment,
does not state that
you have the right
to be mentally healthy
or physically healthy.
It does state
that you have a right
to choose your
own medical care,
but that is interpreted as
medical care that is approved
by the Food and
Drug Administration.
Regarding the FDA, the court is highly
disturbed by its bullying tactics
and direct interference with
a drug whose own agency
has found to be non-toxic.

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jimg2000
May 28, 2014

Judge continued: The FDA was formed
to protect people,
not prevent them
from getting help.
The law doesn't seem to make
much common sense sometimes.
And if a person has been found
to be terminally ill,
they ought to be able to take just
about anything they feel will help,
but that's not the law.
Mr. Woodroof, I'm moved to
compassion by your plight,
but what is lacking here is
legal authority to intervene.
I'm sorry, this case
is hereby dismissed.

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jimg2000
May 28, 2014

Ron: You said I'd be dead in 30 days,
well, howdy xxyyzz' doody,
because it's a year later, and look who's still here.

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britprincess1
May 07, 2014

"I've been looking for you, lone star."

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britprincess1
May 07, 2014

"Screw the FDA. I'm gonna be DOA."

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britprincess1
May 07, 2014

"Relax, I don't bite. I guess you're handsome, in a Texas, hick, white trash, dumb kind of way."

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britprincess1
May 07, 2014

"Sometimes I feel like I'm fighting for a life I ain't got time to live."

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britprincess1
May 07, 2014

"Y'all are up there afraid that we're gonna find an alternative without you."

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britprincess1
May 07, 2014

Sexual Content: Sex is shown, but not graphic and never seen directly. However, male buttocks are shown briefly, as well as several glimpses of female breasts and buttocks.

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britprincess1
May 07, 2014

Coarse Language: A variety of slurs and about 100 utterances of the f-word are used. The language is vulgar, but there's a purpose to this use of language; it's not used just for the sake of being crude.

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britprincess1
May 07, 2014

Violence: A fistfight between two men lasts for three punches in quick succession. A man's damaged leg in an accident with heavy machinery is also covered in blood. Both of these scenes are very brief and violence is not a concern in this film.

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britprincess1
May 07, 2014

Other: Cocaine, heroin, and other drug use are shown; alcohol is drunk and cigarettes smoked.

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britprincess1
May 07, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are a few angry outbursts and suffering is consistent throughout the film. The subject matter itself (as well as McConaughey's transformation for the role) may cause viewers to feel uncomfortable.

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britprincess1
May 07, 2014

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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rem85
Feb 07, 2014

rem85 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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