Dallas Buyers Club

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German title Dallas Buyers Club
Original title Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club logo.png
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2013
length 117 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
JMK 14
Director Jean-Marc Vallée
script Craig Borten
Melisa Wallack
production Robbie Brenner
Rachel Winter
camera Yves Bélanger
cut Martin Pensa
Jean-Marc Vallée

Dallas Buyers Club is an award-winning American drama directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from 2013 . The film is based on the life story of AIDS patient Ron Woodroof , who smuggled unapproved drugs from Mexico to Texas in the 1980s. The film received critical acclaim for the acting performances of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto , who received numerous awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe each .


The film is set in Dallas , Texas from 1985 to 1987 .

Ron Woodroof working as an electrician on a oil field , is a passionate Rodeo tab and homophobic playboy . After an accident at work, he is diagnosed in a clinic as being infected with HIV and developing AIDS . The attending physician estimates Woodroof's life expectancy at just 30 days. The patient does not want to accept the diagnosis - he flees the clinic.

Shortly before, the popular, homosexual actor Rock Hudson died as a result of the same disease, which is why Woodroof is of the opinion that as a straight person he could not get it at all. So he begins to research and comes to the conclusion that he must have been infected at one of his countless one-night stands , a heroin user. However, his friends avoid him because of his illness, also because they now think he is gay.

At the same time, a large pharmaceutical company wants to establish the drug AZT for people infected with HIV. Woodroof sees the drug as his chance to survive. However, he learns that in addition to the actual pills, placebos will also be distributed to patients for testing the drug . To be on the safe side, he bribes a hospital cleaner to steal the medicine from him, which only works until it is kept under lock and key.

The cleaner gives Woodroof the tip to see an American doctor in Mexico without a license . This gives the patient drugs (body tonic) that are not approved by the FDA in the USA , but are successful in treated patients. He explains to him that an infected person does not necessarily have to develop AIDS and die. However, since Woodroof had already badly damaged his body from heavy cigarette, alcohol, and cocaine consumption, it was easy for the virus to spread quickly. The doctor also explains to Woodroof that AZT can be very dangerous for patients as it also attacks healthy body cells.

Because the alternative drugs help him so well, Woodroof would like to make them available to other sick people, not just out of philanthropy, but also for a living. He starts smuggling them into the United States. However, the sale is illegal and subject to very high fines. However, it is not illegal to introduce a 90-day dose for personal use, as is giving these drugs away. Therefore he founds - advised by a lawyer friend - a buyers' association in the legal form of a club. This "Dallas Buyers Club" (German "Dallas Buyers Club") procures the drugs not approved by the FDA, such as ddC and T-peptide , for a monthly membership fee of $ 400 , and distributes them free of charge to members of the club suffering from HIV. The acquisition of drugs also extends to interferon, which was first developed around 1980 .

Ron's best friend and business partner of the club becomes the AIDS-sick transsexual Rayon, whom he met in the clinic. Rayon later dies in the clinic while Ron is once again in Mexico to get medicine. After Rayon's death, Ron's attitude changes; For the first time, it also allows exceptions for people who cannot raise the full monthly $ 400.

From the beginning of the film, the young doctor Eve Saks is also shown treating Ron and others. She is forced to demonize alternative drugs by her boss, but starts to think about the obvious successes of the new drugs. Ultimately, these doubts lead her to endorse Ron's illegal actions. As a result, she loses her job. The film ends with the picture Ron sitting on a bull in a rodeo show fighting against the drop. It was always Ron's dream to attend a rodeo event again. Ron dies seven years after his initial diagnosis of HIV.


Matthew McConaughey at the 2014 Golden Camera award ceremony in Berlin

The film production companies Voltage Pictures and Truth Entertainment were involved in the realization of the film .

The production period for Dallas Buyers Club was from November 2008 to April 2009. However, filming did not begin until November 11, 2012 and was completed in just 25 days. The film was shot in New Orleans , Louisiana , USA. The film budget was estimated to be $ 5.5 million.

Dallas Buyers Club was first presented to the public on September 7, 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival . The cinema release in the USA was on November 22, 2013. In Germany, the film was released on February 6, 2014.

McConaughey lost 21 kg for the role (from 83 to 62 kg).


The Berliner Synchron was a setting in order. Beate Gerlach, who speaks the role of Denise, also wrote the dialogue book and directed the dialogue.

role actor Voice actor
Ron Woodroof Matthew McConaughey Benjamin Völz
Rayon Jared Leto Jaron Lowenberg
Dr. Eve Saks Jennifer Garner Dorette Hugo
Richard Barkley Michael O'Neill Wolfgang Condrus
Dr. Sevard Denis O'Hare Udo Schenk
Tucker Steve Zahn Gerrit Schmidt-Foss
David Wayne Dallas Roberts Christoph Banks
Dr. Vass Griffin Dunne Eberhard Haar
TJ Kevin Rankin Tommy Morgenstern
Sister Frazin Donna Duplantier Sabine Mazay
Denise Deneen Tyler Beate Gerlach
Clint JD Evermore Olaf Reichmann


The Dallas Buyers Club film received overwhelmingly positive reviews. On the Rotten Tomatoes website , 94 percent of the reviewers gave the film a positive rating.

Filmstarts.de writes, “The differentiated main character (Ron Woodroof) turns out to be the most important quality of 'Dallas Buyers Club'. McConaughey doesn't make an effort to appear personable and therefore appears all the more human. Through him and his colleagues Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner, a remarkable film becomes an emotionally lasting cinema experience. "

It was criticized that the facts are partially falsified in the film: According to several sources, the protagonist Ron Woodroof was not homophobic , but bisexual himself . He had contacts with the gay scene even before he was infected with HIV.


Golden Globe Awards 2014
Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2014
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014
Academy Awards 2014

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of Approval for Dallas Buyers Club . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , January 2014 (PDF; test number: 142 790 K).
  2. Age rating for Dallas Buyers Club . Youth Media Commission .
  3. ^ IMDb Company Credits Dallas Buyers Club. Retrieved December 22, 2013 .
  4. ^ A b IMDb Box office / business for Dallas Buyers Club. Retrieved December 22, 2013 .
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