Dallas Buyers Club
Release year: 2013
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Screenwriter: Craig Borten, Melissa Wallack
Starring: Matthew McConaughet, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Dennis O’Hare, Steve Zahn
Ratings: 6 Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Original Screenplay. 3 Oscars: Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto), Best Makeup
Set in 1980’s Texas womanizing electrician and rodeo hustler Ron Woodroof forms the Dallas Buyers Club in order to work around the system to provide the AIDS stricken with unapproved medicine after he himself is diagnosed with the disease.
Dallas Buyers Club is the crowning achievement of what has come to be known as the “McConaissance”. McConaughey’s (The Lincoln Lawyer 2011) move from frequent (and beloved) star of romantic comedies to respected Actor with a capital A is a remarkable one, and it has been a pleasure to watch. This is indeed his crowning achievement, not just because he was rewarded with his first Oscar gold, or because he went all method on us and dropped to a skeletal weight for the part, but because he owns the it. He is supported by a quietly brilliant Jennifer Garner (13 Going on 30 2004) as the physician with her heart in the right place, and a scene stealing and Oscar winning Jared Leto (Mr. Nobody 2009) as Woodroof’s unlikely business partner, Rayon. The growing friendship between Woodroof and Rayon is the true heart of this movie, which (bewarned) is likely to bring you to tears before the end. The story it tells is not only based on real events – it is also an important one. Not just about the power of money over common sense in the pharmacautical industry, but also an important lesson about prejudice and acceptance. Go see it now!
The movie has almost been made several times. In the mid-1990s Dennis Hopper was attached as director with Woody Harrelson attached to play Ron Woodroof, but financial backing was not secured.
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