Dallas Buyers Club

Although it thematically treads well-worn cinematic ground, Dallas Buyers Club stands out because of Matthew McConaughey’s intense and remarkable portrait of AIDS victim and activist Ron Woodroof. There are a few “Wow, the government really is hard to take on” moments as Woodroof circumvents the FDA to give himself and paid members to his exclusive club of HIV-positive patients unapproved meds (vitamins and proteins, mostly). He’s also at war with a local hospital treating patients with dangerous doses of AZT. All the while, of course, he’s an emaciated husk of a man teetering ever closer to death. Woodroof takes an unlikely business partner in Rayon (Jared Leto), a transvestite patient with access to a lot of potential customers. It’s hard to imagine that the star of Sahara and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days could do this, but McConaughey has given us one of the year’s most sterling performances.

Credits

Director:

  • Jean-Marc Vallée

Cast:

  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Jared Leto
  • Denis O'Hare
  • Steve Zahn
  • Michael O'Neill
  • Dallas Roberts
  • Griffin Dunne
  • Kevin Rankin

Producers:

  • Robbie Brenner
  • Rachel Winter
  • David Bushell
  • Nathan Ross
  • Tony Notargiacomo
  • Joe Newcomb
  • Nicolas Chartier
  • Zev Foreman
  • Logan Levy
  • Holly Wiersma
  • Cassian Elwes

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