In "Dallas Buyers Club," electrician and rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is diagnosed with HIV, which in 1985 was relatively unknown. He's given AZT, the only approved drug at the time, and a short time to live. The drugs nearly kill Ron, who then seeks out alternative treatments, much to the ire of his physician, Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner).
Ron discovers a multitude of treatments available in other countries, though unapproved in the United States, and begins not only smuggling them into the states for his own use but distributing them to other HIV patients. Along with fellow patient Rayon (Jared Leto), the two form the Dallas Buyers Club which creates a network of smugglers, sellers and buyers for these drugs. Though the FDA Customs Agents are hot on his trail, Ron continues his fight to bring these viable treatments to those who need them the most.
"Dallas Buyers Club" is sure to get some consideration come awards season but will have competition with other films in theaters at the same time such as "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Out of the Furnace," "The Last Days on Mars," "12 Years a Slave," "Frozen," "Oldboy," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," "Nebraska," "Sunlight Jr.," "Last Vegas," "Ender's Game, "The Counselor," "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Don Jon," "Rush, and "Prisoners,".
Tested Positive for HIV
Dr. Sevard: "Mr Woodroof, you've tested positive for HIV. Have you ever used intravenous drugs? Have you ever engaged in homosexual conduct?"
Ron Woodroof: "Homo? Homo? You saying homo? You've made a mistake."
Dr. Sevard: "Mr Woodroof, we estimate you have 30 days left."
Ron Woodroof: "Got a news flash for y'all. There ain't nothing out there that can kill Ron Woodroof in 30 days."
Players On the Dallas Cowboys
FDA Customs Agent: "Walker, Dorsett, Blunt, Newsome, Jeffcoat, these are patients?"
Ron Woodroof: "Yes, sir"
FDA Customs Agent: "They're also names of the players on the Dallas Cowboys."
Ron Woodroof: "You know, that's a hell of a coincidence."
FDA Customs Agent: "That's a little ridiculous."
Ron Woodroof: "Well you said it."
FDA Customs Agent: "Can you prove these are patients?"
Ron Woodroof: "Can you prove they are not?"
Good Meds Out of Mexico
Ron Woodroof: "There're drugs they just released for testing and I know this hospital's one of the sites. I need it!"
Dr. Eve Saks: "It doesn't work that way, Mr. Woodroof."
Dr. Eve Saks: "Where are you going?"
Ron Woodroof: "They've got good meds out of Mexico that's better than what you can get here in the states."
Ron seeks to be included in a study operated by Dr. Eve Saks for HIV patients but it's more complicated than a simple ask. With no luck there, he finds his own solution, medicines available in other countries.
You Could Be Making a Fortune
Dr. Vass: "This is protein. It's totally non-toxic."
Ron Woodroof: "You can't buy this in the United States?"
Dr. Vass: "Not approved"
Ron Woodroof: "You could be making a fortune out of this."