DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
December 2, 2012
1 EXT. RODEO STADIUM - DALLAS - TEXAS - DAY 1
Ambient sounds of the CROWD, RODEO, SEX, and a strange
RINGING fade in along with IMAGES of...
A COWBOY riding a BULL in an enclosed RODEO ring.
RON WOODROOF, early 40's, handsome, long sandy hair, denim
clad, worn snakeskin boots, dusty, cowboy hat, mirrored
aviators, is engaged in wild SEX with a WOMAN. He watches the
rodeo through open slats in a BULL STALL as the STEER throws
the COWBOY violently thru the air; he lands hard on the dirt.
Another WOMAN snorts cocaine and offers some to Ron as he
switches over to having SEX with her.
The BULL STOMPS the Cowboy with its HOOFS.
Ron climaxes -- pleasure and pain seem to come out of him, but
we can't hear him, only this strange RINGING.
RODEO CLOWNS grab the Cowboy's limp body and drag him out of
Ron catches his breath; something is off.
Did ya hear Rock Hudson was a cock
2 EXT. RODEO STADIUM - LOCKER ROOM - DAY 2
A Dallas NEWSPAPER folded in half. July. 1985. AIDS. New
treatment. In Paris. ROCK HUDSON on the cover. A HAND
scribbles numbers over the photo.
Where'd ya hear that?
CLINT (32) a greasy hick who's spent the last five months
under the hood of a CHEVY, hands RON a WAD of CASH.
It's called a newspaper. You heard of
Ron smiles, adjusts his cowboy hat as he records some bets.
Nearby, BULL FIGHTERS are putting on their clown makeup.
What a waste. All that fine Hollywood
pussy on a guy who smokes his friends.
A HAND comes down through the slats holding a ten dollar bill.
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C'mon Rog, this ain't the sandbox.
Twenty's the minimum.
ROG slides another ten down; Ron snatches it.
Who the hell's Rock Hudson?
Ron looks at Rog. A beat, then he starts laughing, then
3 EXT. RODEO STADIUM - BULL STALL - DAY 3
...and coughing as we follow him into the stalls. Ron glad-
hands as he goes; it seems everyone knows him but doesn't
necessarily like him. He makes his way toward T.J., white
trash, pale as winter, who wipes vomit from his chin. As he
nervously looks down at the big angry BULL he's about to ride,
Ron hands him a pint of tequila.
Calm the nerves, brother. You look
T.J. takes a swig, gives him a look.
It's your day, I can feel it.
T.J. watches as Ron takes a bottle of NYQUIL out of his pocket
and downs it... to stop his hacking cough.
I don't know, Ron.
Ron fans the money out for T.J. to see.
Eight seconds and you'll be gettin blown
by a hundred dollar hooker before you can
scrape the bullshit off your boots.
Ron winks and smiles. T.J. signals the BULLMAN that he's
ready. And in five, four, three, two, one...
THE GATE is up, the BULL is out, the crowd is HOLLERING and
T.J.'s back is bending in unnatural ways.
C'mon! One one thousand, two one
thousand, three one thousand...
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And T.J. is DOWN.
Ah hen shit!
Ron looks to the BLEACHERS. The GAMBLERS are already
searching for him.
Ron slips out a SIDE ENTRANCE.
4 EXT. RODEO STADIUM - PARKING LOT - DAY 4
Sweating, heart racing, Ron runs across the lot and jumps over
fences to escape THE GAMBLERS that are running after him. As
they close in, Ron spots a cop, TUCKER, walking towards his
Hey, buddy I need you to arrest me.
Fuck off, Woodroof.
Come on, man. I'm serious!
Tuck sees the angry mob approaching.
Looks like you got a few pissed off
You gonna cuff me or what?
Figure it out yourself.
And with that, Ron PUNCHES Tucker in the face. The mob of
Gamblers are stopped in their tracks.
You son of a bitch!
Tucker PUNCHES Ron in the face twice, then cuffs him. He
looks at the mob of Gamblers.
Get the fuck outta here before I arrest
all of you.
Ron smiles through a bloodied mouth.
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5 EXT. RON'S TRAILER - DAY 5
Tucker's police car pulls up.
They're gonna kick the shit out of you
one day, Woodroof. Maybe worse.
6 INT. TUCKER'S POLICE CAR - DAY 6
Both Ron and Tucker are bleeding and bruised.
Gotta die from somethin'.
Handle your business, huh? Get your
You're startin' to sound like your
ol' man. How's he doin' by the way?
There's good days and bad.
(waving him off)
Ah, he's a tough one.
Though I can't imagine how disappointed
he must be havin' you for a son.
Tucker looks at him, half-smiles.
Get the fuck outta my car.
Ron smiles, starts to get out, then stops. Holds his head a
moment. We hear the strange RINGING sound again.
You rattled my fuckin' brain.
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Ron forces a smile, then exits the car. Tucker watches as Ron
slowly heads toward his trailer; something seems off. After a
few beats, Tucker brushes it off and pulls away.
7 INT. RON'S TRAILER - DAY 7
Books, newspapers, empty beer cans and liquor bottles; on
the wall, we may notice a painting of some Texas Wildflowers.
Ron stumbles in as the RINGING sound comes back. He stops,
steadies himself on a piece of furniture, takes a few steps
then collapses, unconscious.
8 INT. RON'S TRAILER - MORNING 8
The first shafts of sunlight fall over Ron, still asleep where
he dropped. After a few beats, he stirs, pulls himself on to
a chair. "What the fuck?".
9 EXT. OIL FIELD - DAY 9
Lunch time. Already a little drunk, Ron finishes off a pint
of whiskey as Clint and a battered T.J. eat sandwiches nearby.
Ron starts coughing again as he grabs a packet of cocaine out
of his shirt pocket. He slides it across the table to Clint
who hands him cash.
That shit is purer than a preacher
Not after you just coughed your lungs all
You think anymore 'bout Saudi Arabia?
They need guys over there.
What do you wanna go work for a buncha
sand niggas for?
They pay five times as much, that's why.
Ron raises his eyebrows, not bad.
I'm signing up.
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They got hot ladies over there?
It's a Muslim country. You can't fuck
Now that takes me out right there.
The FOREMAN races over to them.
Woodroof, there's been an accident on
platform five. They need an electrician
10 EXT. DRILL PLATFORM - DAY - LATER 10
A MEXICAN WORKER has his leg caught in the drill. It's
severed and he's losing blood fast. Ron walks over.
Dumb spic. How'd you get your leg in
The guy's breath is coming in short fast spurts.
Where's the ambulance?
Ron takes his OWN shirt off, rips it in half, kneels down next
to the MEXICAN, wipes some sweat off his brow and ties a
makeshift tourniquet around his leg.
Ron looks to the Foremen.
Go call `em.
(the FOREMEN doesn't move)
Go FUCKING call `em.
He walks off to call. Ron turns back to the Mexican.
Alright we're going to get you outta
there but you gotta stay still until I
say get the fuck out and then you get the
fuck out. Comprende?
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The guy nods. Ron walks over to the electrician's box. He's
a little DRUNK. He grabs a wire and is about to cut it.
Alright, on the count of three. One,
Ron cuts the wire, an electrical spark shoots out and before
he can move back the box blows up in his face. Everything
RICK FERRIS (V.O.)
Azidothymidine, or AZT -- was originally
developed as a treatment for cancer.
11 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY 11
Barrow Wilkem rep RICK FERRIS, slick, well-dressed, gold
Rolex, 40s, stands before DR. NATHAN SEVARD, 50's, arrogant,
DR. EVE SAKS, early 30s, sophisticated, and five other
PHYSICIANS, 40s-60s, all members of the hospital board.
With the onset of HIV, however, we at
Barrow Wilkem began a trial in which we
administered AZT to infected lab animals.
Initial findings suggested increased CD4
counts, restored T-cell immunity and also
evidence of inducing weight gain.
Isn't it also true that it had some
concerning side effects in animal tests,
significantly decreasing the animals red
and white blood cells?
Yes, but its effect on the virus is
better than anything else that's been
(looking into her file)
In 64, when AZT was developed for cancer
treatment, it was shelved due to lack of
anti cancer efficacy and toxicity.
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We believe those problems were dosage
So you're conducting another animal
Actually the FDA has given us permission
to go straight to human trials which is
what brings me here today. We're
conducting a double-blind, placebo-
controlled randomized trial throughout
the United States. Dallas Mercy is one
of the proposed sites.
How long do you see the study going on?
We're hoping to fast track it within a
year? During which time the hospital and
its administering physicians will be very
well compensated for their efforts.
Eve notices as Sevard trades looks with Board Member #1.
Sadly, the AIDS crisis will only get
worse before it gets better. And I
know I speak for everyone at Barrow
Wilkem when I say getting this drug to
market is our number one priority. This
is a unique opportunity. A chance to be
on the forefront in finding a cure.
Eve looks at Ferris and smiles.
12 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - HALLWAY - DAY 12
Dr. Sevard walks down the hallway with Eve.
Does it not drive you just a little bit
crazy when these guys stand up there
talking about curing the sick while
they're flashing gold Rolexes? What do
they know about sick patients?
They're pharma reps, not doctors. And
like it or not, this is a business.
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How the hell did they get permission to
go to human trials?
People are desperate. People are dying.
There is nothing else out there.
And with that, a NURSE approaches them with a file, surgical
mask and latex gloves.
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13 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - ROOM - DAY 13
Ron, head and eyes bandaged, lays on a bed. After a few
beats, he peels off the eye bandages, gets up. He opens a
cabinet, then a drawer. Finds a bag of sucking CANDY, pops a
piece in his mouth, puts some in his pocket. He sees his
jacket on the back of the door, searches his pockets for a
cigarette. He's about to light one when Dr. Sevard enters
with Eve Sakes. Both wear surgical masks and latex gloves.
Mr. Woodroof. I'm Dr. Sevard.
Ron turns to Eve, flashes a smile.
We saw something that concerned us in
your initial blood work so we ran some
Ron stops moving and tries to assess the situation. Is he in
What kinda blood tests, cause I don't use
We didn't test you for drugs.
Good, cause that ain't none of yer
You've tested positive for HIV --
Ron looks at Dr. Sevard blankly.
...the virus that causes AIDS.
Ron freezes. A long beat.
Who you kidding, Rock cock sucking Hudson
Have you ever used intravenous drugs or
had any homosexual --
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Ron spits out his CANDY.
Homo? Homo? That's what you said,
right? Shit. You gotta be kidding me.
I ain't no faggot, I don't even know any
faggots, I'm a rodeo!
The room is silent.
Look at me, doc. Come on now, look at
me. What do you see?
Your T-cell count is down to nine, a
healthy person has five hundred to
What the fuck's a three-Cell?!
T-cell. Frankly we're surprised you're
Well surprise this: you've made a fuckin'
Ron looks back and forth from Dr. Saks to Sevard. No mistake.
You must've mixed my blood with some
daisy puller or sumptin.
We ran the blood test several times.
Eve hands him some pamphlets and other paper work.
That's some information on HIV and AIDS
you may find informative and your test
Ron flips through the papers. Becomes frustrated by
terminology he doesn't understand.
Mr. Woodroof, we're trying to impress
upon you the gravity of your situation.
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DR. SEVARD (CONT'D)
Based on your condition, we estimate that
you have about thirty days to get your
affairs in order --
Ron jumps off the examining table.
What is this shit?!
They don't respond.
Ron laughs incredulously and walks towards the door.
I got a news flash for all y'all, there
ain't nothin' out there that can kill Ron
Woodroof in thirty days.
Ron looks at the papers, tosses them up in the air and exits.
14 INT. RON'S TRAILER - NIGHT 14
Music BLARES as Ron and T.J. party with two hot girls, KELLY
and CRYSTAL, 20s. T.J. cuts a line of coke on a mirror while
Ron dances over to the girls with SHOTS of Jack Daniels. They
both start kissing, then rubbing up against Ron.
15 INT. RON'S TRAILER - NIGHT 15
T.J. is having sex with Kelly as Ron kisses Crystal; he leans
down, snorts what is probably his fiftieth line of coke. He
shakes it off, slams some Jack Daniels from the bottle as if
it was Kool Aid. He's obliterated.
As Ron stares off at something, T.J. waves at Crystal to join
him and Kelly; as she does, we see what Ron is staring at -- a
But its days have no numbers. Except one, in blood RED -- 30.
Ron snaps out of his hallucination.
16 INT. RON'S TRAILER - NIGHT 16
T.J. sits down next to Ron, takes a rolled up dollar bill and
does a line of coke.
Damn doctors cut your balls off?
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Shit, you tell `em you got a cold and
they'll give you two weeks off. You
should try it.
Ron takes the dollar back as T.J. walks to the table to pour
himself a drink.
Well, you didn't miss nothin' at work.
I'd take disability any day.
Ron does a line of coke. Sees his reflection in the mirror.
Pushes it away.
I mean I got a stupid cough and they tell
me I got some HIV virus.
T.J. looks at Ron, hears him but doesn't hear him, maybe it
doesn't even register he's so wasted.
Hell, like I got the AIDS. Damn
hospital, mixed up my blood samples.
Man, I went to them doctors once, they
tell me I had chlamydia, I came back home
I realized I had crabs.
S'what I'm saying.
T.J. licks some coke off his fingers.
I heard you get that just by touchin'
someone. Or that queers get it.
Which is exactly why it's a mistake.
Well, what if it ain't?
You know me, T. You fuckin' serious?
Damn right I know you, like you was born
with some kinda pussy addiction.
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Ron smiles at the compliment as T.J. dives into the mirror and
inhales the last line of coke.
One of the GIRLS walks over.
You said we would be dancin' by nine.
T.J. smiles at Ron.
We should get goin'.
T.J. puts on his jacket.
Let's go girls.
I'll catch up with you.
Alright brother, you cool?
See you there.
T.J. and the girls leave.
Ron gets up, wasted, and stares out the screen door into the
cold dark night, nothing stares back at him.
17 INT. DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY - DAY 17
Ron is seated in front of a screen that shows a microfiche of
information on AIDS, HIV and AZT.
LATER - DAY: Ron continues reading; the LIBRARIAN looks over
as he endures a brief coughing spasm, then he goes back to his
work. We PUSH IN on the phrase"...Unprotected sex..."
LATER - DAY: Ron continues reading, runs his finger along the
words. Stops at "INTRAVENOUS DRUG USE". As he closes his
eyes and exhales--
18 EXT. MOTEL - NIGHT - DREAM / FLASHBACK 18
We're on a SNAKE TATOO on the back of a naked girl having wild
sex with a younger and heavier Ron, totally wasted, and...
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hypnotized by the tattoo that goes up to her neck and down to
her arm -- marked with track marks.
19 INT. DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY - DAY 19
Ron slams the book shut with rage. He screams out releasing
his anger. His voice echoes off the library walls.
20 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - RECEPTION AREA - DAY 20
Ron impatiently stands at the Triage desk, looking at a NURSE,
40s. He spots a tattooed Hispanic ORDERLY mopping the floor
in the hallway. He locks eyes with Ron for a second too long
then moves on.
Dr. Sevard's not on today.
Do I look like I can wait til tomorrow?
If you'll tell me what the problem is --
Problem? Which problem you want to hear
about? My lungs bleeding, my skin
crawling, the jackhammer in my head...
hell that's just the beginning of my
Having overheard Ron's rant, Dr. Eve Saks walks over.
Ron turns around.
I don't want no nurse. I want a doctor.
A goddamn doctor! Today! NOW!
The Orderly watches Ron and Eve.
Fine. How can I help you?
Are you fuckin' deaf, lady?
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No. I'm a fucking doctor!
Oh? Ron contemplates Eve, slowly breaking into a smile. Eve
hears her name called over the speaker system.
If you want to discuss your list of
problems, you can meet me in my office in
(he takes a long look at her)
I like your style, Doctor.
Ron watches her as she walks away.
21 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - DR. EVE SAKS' OFFICE - DAY 21
Diplomas hang in neat rows. A perfectly ordered desk. Eve
meticulously records numbers on a chart.
Can you get me AZT?
Eve looks up as Ron walks in and sits down.
Barrow Wilkem just released it for
testing, right? This hospital is one of
She nods yes, surprised how well informed he is.
Well can I buy some?
That isn't how it works. For about a
year, a group of patients will either get
the drug or a placebo, it's left up to
chance, not even the doctors are allowed
You give dyin' people sugar pills?
It's the only way to know if a drug
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Can you get it for me?
Unfortunately no. But when it's proven
to work and if you fit the profile, then
So, you're tellin' me I'm as good as a
horse being sold for dog food?
Eve's look says it all. Ron takes out a list.
Okay, what about in Germany, this Dextran
Sulfate, or in France they got DDC, or AL
721 in Israel... I read that one is
proven to work and it ain't toxic.
None of those drugs have been approved by
Screw the FDA, I'm gonna be DOA. Do I
have to sue this hospital to get me some
Mr. Woodroof, I assure you that would be
a waste of precious time.
Ron takes a moment, eases up.
Call me Ron, will ya?
Eve doesn't play his game. She writes something down on a
piece of paper.
There is a support group that meets every
day at Draddy Auditorium, perhaps you
could share your feelings and concerns...
Ron abruptly stands.
I'm dying and you're tellin' me to go get
a hug from a bunch of faggots?
Eve watches as Ron backs away.
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Good night, good day, and good riddance.
22 INT. LONESTAR BAR - DAY 22
Ron bursts through the door and shouts to the BARTENDER.
Neddie Jay, one shot of Cactus and a
Rolling Rock back.
Ned doesn't move as Ron continues toward a table where T.J.,
Clint and three other FRIENDS are sitting.
I can't believe how much I missed your
ugly faces. Clint, where you hangin'
your pants lately brother?
Clint drains his beer, slams it on the table.
Get me another beer, will you sweetheart?
The guys burst out laughing.
`Fuck you say?
I said grab me a cold one, cupcake.
Ron looks at him incredulously.
You askin' me to kick yer ass?
Nah, wouldn't wanna get none of that
faggot blood on me.
Ron takes a step towards Clint, T.J. gets up and stands
C'mon Ron, we don't want no trouble.
Ron puts a fake, friendly hand on T.J.'s shoulder who backs
off immediately. Ron moves closer, plays with T.J. and the
others. They're all scared of being touched.
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Where you goin', bud? I thought
you're my friend.
Ron looks at him, grabs T.J.'S BEER from his hands and downs
it, then fakes as if he's going to hit T.J. with it. T.J.
flinches, then Ron SLAMS it on the table. Gives one last look
to all of them.
Fuck all ya'll.
And as Ron exits, we PRE-LAP...
RICK FERRIS (V.O.)
As I stand here tonight, clinical trials
are underway with an eye toward fast-
tracking AZT and making it available
for the public as soon as possible.
23 INT. DRADDY AUDITORIUM - DALLAS HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT 23
Rick Ferris from Barrow Wilkem stands at the podium before the
In short, I'm happy to say that help may
finally be on the way.
That is Ron's POV as he listens to Ferris, looking around at
the crowd, who are almost exclusively gay MEN. Ron wanders
toward a table lined with LITERATURE. An EFFEMINATE MAN
approaches him with a pamphlet. Ron stares at him blankly.
The man opens his arms to give him a hug.
It's okay brother. We're all getting --
Tooth fairy, if we weren't in a public
place right now, your teeth would be so
far down your throat you'd be usin' your
ass to chew food.
The Man's eyes go wide as he backs off. Ron turns back to the
table, takes a few pamphlets. Titles include: "POPPERS STUDY:
POSSIBLE CAUSE OF AIDS"; "AZT SHOWS SIGNS OF PROMISE". Ron
drifts toward the front, where the CROWD is getting hostile.
AUDIENCE MEMBER #1 (O.C.)
How long before AZT is approved?
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The FDA standard procedure to approve a
new drug is eight to twelve years -
AUDIENCE MEMBER #2 (O.C.)
(cutting him off)
We're dying here!
We are looking to fast track --
AUDIENCE MEMBER #1 (O.C.)
(cutting him off)
We need it now!
We're working closely with the FDA to
make sure every effort is made--
AUDIENCE MEMBER #2 (O.C.)
The hell, if it works even a little,
we'll take the chance!
General shouts of agreement from the CROWD.
It's both our job and the FDA's to make
sure the drug is safe -
Is it true you can get it in Mexico?!
AUDIENCE MEMBER #2 (O.C.)
What about dextran sulfate?!
As the chaos and shouting continues, Ron walks out in
frustration and we're suddenly--
24 INT. STRIP CLUB - NIGHT 24
CLOSE ON -- a line of flickering CANDLES.
That's Ron's POV as he grimaces, despair in his eyes. He
doesn't look at the moving, out-of-focus SILHOUETTES in front
(mumbles to himself)
I need to slow it down a second, catch my
breath. I'm not ready to crawl into a
corner. You hear that? I'm not fucking
ready. Man, if you're up there you
better be listening.
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And if there's a chance, if I got one
fucking chance, send me a sign.
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Ron downs a shooter and grimaces again. He slams the glass
down on a table among empty glasses and looks up at the
candles on a stage in front of a STRIPPER, lost in his
thoughts. Then he looks up and sees something across the
room, past the stripper. She tries to get his attention.
If you're not gonna look or buy a dance,
you could at least tip me.
Ron stands and throws some bills on the stage.
I'll take a dance, but not fer me.
Just shake it, he'll see you.
Ron looks heavenward.
And he walks off towards a man at the end of the bar: the
Hispanic Orderly from the hospital.
25 EXT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - REAR - NIGHT 25
Cowboy boots nervously play with a McDonald's Bag on the
ground next to a garbage dumpster. They stop when the
Hispanic Orderly walks out of the hospital. He gets to the
dumpster, throws a BROWN PAPER BAG in it, picks up the
McDonald's bag, looks inside and leaves without a word.
26 INT. RON'S TRAILER - NIGHT 26
Ron sits at the table, removes a box of pills from the bag
labeled AZT, FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY.
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Ron removes a pill, decides two is better, washes them down
with a beer, and sniffs a line of coke. Looks at his
reflection in the turned-off T.V.
27 EXT. OIL FIELD - DAY 27
As Ron pulls up to his jobs site in his battered '73 Lincoln,
he spots T.J., Clint and a half dozen other WORKERS through
the windshield, all staring at him menacingly. Before Ron
gets out, the Foreman emerges through the crowd. Without a
word, the guy just slowly shakes his head. Ron gives him the
finger and drives off, popping a few more AZT pills.
A27 EXT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - REAR - NIGHT A27
The Hispanic Orderly throws a BROWN PAPER BAG in the dumpster,
picks up a fast food bag, and leaves.
28 EXT. RODEO STADIUM - BLEACHERS - DAY 28
Empty; closed for the day. Ron sits in the empty bleachers,
sweaty and shivering; he looks horrible, maybe disoriented.
He pops a pill of AZT and drinks from a bottle of Tequila.
29 EXT. TRAILER PARK - NIGHT 29
A labyrinth of identical trailers. Ron wanders, searching for
his own. Confused, he changes direction and continues to make
his way down the different rows.
He stops in front of one and stares at the door where two
YOUNG BOYS are seated on the steps, staring back at him.
The hell you doin' here?
He waves them aside. As he walks up the steps, his neighbor
BUCKY and his WIFE stare at him blankly.
Fuck you doin' in my house?
Ron doesn't realize that he's not at his place.
30 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - DR. EVE SAKS' OFFICE - DAY 30
Sitting on an examining table, meet RAYON, a cross-dresser in
his early 30s, in long eyelashes, earrings, painted nails with
a pink scarf tied around a full brown curly wig.
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(reviewing a chart)
You missed your last trial appointment.
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Do you like this blouse? Cause I think
the neckline's too low.
Eve leans against the sink, annoyed. She pulls her mask down.
Rayon, the whole point of this study is
to determine whether AZT is helping
Come on, Evie, you know there ain't no
That doesn't mean I'm going to stop
Why you so good to me?
Rayon watches Eve for a while, with affection. He grabs her
and holds on to her. These two seem to have a history.
31 EXT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - REAR - DAY 31
A steady drizzle. Ron stands out by the dumpster, his boots
and cowboy hat soaked. The Hispanic Orderly emerges from the
hospital, a large garbage bag in his hands.
There ain't no more, they started
lockin' it up.
The Orderly throws the garbage into the dumpster.
I got more cash.
The Orderly studies Ron who holds out some money. The Orderly
snatches it, and writes something on a piece of paper.
Here. In Mexico. A doctor, he has some.
Ron takes the paper, looks at it.
What the hell is this bullshit?
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 23
Ron takes a swing at the Orderly but misses. Something about
Ron is off. We hear the ringing sound again. Ron struggles
to stand and collapses onto the ground. Black.
FEMALE VOICE (V.O.)
32 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - ROOM - NIGHT 32
Ron lays in bed asleep, an I.V. tube hooked up to his arm.
FEMALE VOICE (V.O.)
Ron's eyes slowly peel open. Eve is hovering over him, a
surgical mask on her face. As he looks at her, a faint smile
passes his lips.
Eve frowns, didn't expect that.
You're in the hospital.
Ron blinks. Clears the fantasy. His eyes scan the room.
You almost died.
I'm sure that didn't surprise anyone.
Eve seems to smile behind her mask.
Was that a smile?
You've had a blood transfusion.
Dr. Sevard steps forward.
Mr. Woodroof I'm doctor Sevard.
I remember you.
I need you to tell me where you obtained
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 23A
Who said I was on AZT?
Dealing in pharmaceutical drugs is
I don't know what you're talking about.
Dr. Sevard shakes his head and walks out.
Get some rest.
She follows Sevard out of the room.
Wait. We were just gettin' somewhere.
Honey, you don't have the slightest
Ron turns and sees the hospital curtain being pulled by the
PATIENT in the next bed -- it's Rayon.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 24
Rayon gets up and goes over to Ron's bed.
Congratulations, fuck you and go back to
Relax, I don't bite.
Rayon looks Ron over.
I guess you're handsome in a Texas hick,
white trash, dumb, kinda way.
Get the fuck outta here, whatever you
Sticks and stones, cowboy.
You wanna play cards?
You got cash?
33 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - ROOM - NIGHT 33
Ron sits cross-legged on his bed across from Rayon, who has a
pile of cash before him. As they lay their cards down:
Full house. Jacks over threes.
I'da figured you for queens.
Cleaned out, Ron tosses his cards; Rayon scoops up the money.
As Ron starts to unfold his legs, he suddenly SCREAMS in pain,
grabbing his calf. Rayon grabs his leg, presses his fingers
deep into the muscle and massages. Ron contorts in pain,
grips the side of the bed. Rayon goes deeper.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 25
Ron breaths. Finally the pain subsides and Ron is left limp.
Here, drink some water.
Rayon HOLDS the cup so Ron can drink.
You gotta stay hydrated or your muscles
Rayon starts to massage Ron's other foot.
You got nice feet.
Jesus Christ, I'm straight, OK!
Rayon leaves Ron alone. An awkward beat.
Why the fuck you in here anyway?
The AZT trial. My friend is paying me to
split my dose with him. That way we'll
both get some.
How much is he paying you?
I coulda charged him twenty.
How about me? Will you sell me some?
Sorry, sweetie. I made a deal.
We HEAR someone speaking loud in the hallway, in Spanish.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 26
Can you keep it down?
34 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - HALLWAY - DAY 34
Eve spots Ron, back in his clothes, walking towards the exit.
Ron stops, turns to see Eve approaching wit Nurse Frazin.
Where are you going?
I signed myself out.
You're too sick to leave here.
The worst-case scenario bein' what?
We can keep you comfortable at least.
Thanks, but I prefer to die with my
As your doctor, I cannot recommend you to
Well as my doctor, can you get me some
Eve just looks at him. She can't. Ron takes off.
35 EXT. TRAILER PARK - NIGHT 35
Ron emerges from his Lincoln, approaches his trailer. Stops
in his tracks at the EVICTION NOTICE taped to his padlocked
door, over which someone has spray-painted: FAGGOT BLOOD.
I still live here, you hear me?! I
fuckin' live here!!
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 27
He looks around, eyes wild, heart racing... but there's no one
there to hear him. After a beat, he crosses to his car, pops
the trunk. Grabs a single-barreled Winchester SHOTGUN lying
within it. He checks the CHAMBER, spins the gun, does a few
maneuvers, the barrel pointing at his head. He pumps it, then
in a flash levels it and BLASTS the lock off his trailer door.
36 INT. RON'S TRAILER - NIGHT 36
Ron enters, and desperately looks around for something,
anything to take with him. He finds HIDDEN CASH in a Patsy
Cline Crazy cassette box.
A duffel bag on the shoulder, he grabs the TEXAS WILDFLOWER
PAINTING off the wall and exits.
37 EXT. TRAILER PARK - NIGHT 37
Ron starts the engine and drives to the two Kids from earlier
looking on curiously. Ron gives them a handful of candies he
stole from the hospital, and nods toward his trailer.
Have fun, kids. It's all yours.
And with that, he pulls away.
38 INT. RON'S CAR - HIGHWAY - DAY 38
Ron cruises... feeling as good as he looks. He pulls the car
over. Sits there in silence. Breathes in. Looks over at his
stuff on the back seat, and then at his gun lying next to him.
He grips the steering wheel... and starts to cry.
39 EXT. STREET - MEXICO CITY - DAY 39
Ron's Lincoln rolls down the crowded, impoverished street.
40 INT. RON'S CAR - MEXICO CITY - DAY 40
Ron in the grips of PNEUMONIA, studies a hand drawn map of the
city streets. His hands shake, his skin burns with fever.
Ron turns down a small side street, stops in front of a
nondescript, WHITEWASHED door.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 27A
41 INT. DR. VASS' CLINIC - MEXICO CITY - DAY 41
Ron enters, blind-sided by the mayhem inside. Boxes of drugs
and hospital supplies lie in various stages of unpacking. An
INTERPRETER shouts above the din to his wealthy ASIAN CLIENT.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 28
DR. VASS (50's), fit but tired, shouts in Spanish to a MAN
unloading boxes. He effortlessly switches to Japanese,
continues to shout to another worker.
Dr. Vass sees Ron, quickly moves over to him.
You have something for me to sign?
I'm lookin' for Dr. Vass.
Dr. Vass steps over.
I'm lookin' for Vass, for some AZT.
Looking to poison yourself?
He grabs an empty bottle of pills on the counter. Throws it
That's from the chemical manufacturer who
makes AZT, Sigma.
Ron looks at the bottle labeled with skull and crossbones:
HIGHLY TOXIC, NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.
First thing I tell my patients: you won't
find that shit here!
Ron looks confused. A nearby stack of boxes tumbles over.
Dr. Vass shouts to no one in particular.
Who stacked those boxes there?
Check in with a nurse.
Dr. Vass is off, ripping open boxes.
Ron starts to cough again. Badly. Vass notices, and shouts
something in Spanish.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 29
42 INT. DR. VASS' CLINIC - MEXICO CITY - DAY 42
Frail and weak, Ron lies on a cot, surrounded by a dozen other
PATIENTS of varied nationalities. A NURSE records his vital
signs in a chart, then hands it off to Dr. Vass, who peruses
the information and begins reading aloud:
Cocaine, alcohol, methamphetamine, AZT.
That's what I call a recipe for disaster.
Doc, this place is a shit-hole.
Who said I was a Doctor? They revoked my
license to practice three years ago,
that's why I'm down in this shit-hole.
Why? What'd you do?
I didn't play ball.
These drugs you're doing, they're
breaking down your immune system, making
you susceptible to infections.
So cocaine gave me pneumonia?
Cocaine made you more susceptible.
As did AZT.
I thought AZT's supposed to help me.
The only people AZT helps are the people
who sell it.
It kills every cell it comes in contact
with, good and bad.
So medically speakin', I kicked my own
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 30
(nods as he writes)
I'm prescribing a regimen of vitamins
as well as the mineral zinc to build your
immune system back up. You'll also be
taking Aloe and essential fatty acids.
43 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - ROOM - DAY 43
In gloves and surgical masks, Eve looks on Nurse Frazin who is
drawing blood from Rayon's arm, five other AIDS PATIENTS
nearby. That done, the Nurse dispenses meds, giving each
patient a paper pill cup marked with a different NUMBER.
Rayon takes his pill, winces; Eve makes a mental note, then
walks down the line of patients, touching each of them. She
comes to Rayon, gives his shoulder a squeeze, then exits.
Six months Later
44 INT. DR. VASS' CLINIC - MEXICO CITY - DAY 44
Medical journals everywhere; on the wall are rows of
entomology, various butterflies encased in GLASS. A healthier
Ron sits across from Dr. Vass who reads his test results.
Better. Your T-Cell count's improving.
Am I still positive for HIV?
You'll always test positive for HIV, and
now, you have AIDS, due the toxic shit
you've been pumping into your body, all
the drugs, plus the AZT.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 31
DR. VASS (CONT'D)
You shot your immune system. Now you
have chronic pneumonia, among other
things. It can cause memory loss, mood
swings, aching joints...
If it sucks, I got it.
Dr. Vass smiles and holds up a bottle in each hand.
This is DDC, it works as an anti viral
similar to AZT but less toxic. And this
is Peptide T, it's a protein -- totally
non-toxic. Early studies have shown it
can help with all of that. This is what
I had you on since you got here.
And you can't buy them back in the U.S.?
No, not approved.
Ron takes the bottle of PEPTIDE T, turns it over in his hand,
Chinks, homos and herbs, you got a new
world order here, Vass. You could be
makin' a fortune off this stuff.
45 EXT. DR. VASS' CLINIC - MEXICO CITY - DAY 45
Ron stares into the trunk of his Lincoln Convertible.
VARIOUS BOXES filled with illegal meds are packed to the brim.
It won't close. Ron slams it shut.
Dr. Vass emerges from the building. He hands Ron a neatly
folded black vest, black pants and a detachable clerical
collar on top.
If you get caught, don't tell them you
got AIDS. They'll never let you back in.
You've got thirty days to get your ass
back down here and pay me the other half,
after that I send MIGUEL.
Ron nods to Miguel, hops in his car, starts it, nods to Vass
and takes off.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 32
46 EXT. CAR - THE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT - MEXICO - DAY 46
Ron's convertible races along the asphalt road. Hot desert
sun. Sand and dirt cake the rims and tires. The car slows
down and comes to a stop on the side of the road.
47 INT. RON'S CAR - THE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT - MEXICO - DAY 47
BINOCULARS POV on CARS making their way across the
MEXICAN/AMERICAN BORDER. Ron puts down the binoculars and
writes on a NOTEBOOK. A crude drawing of the border. He
marks different lanes, studies it, looking for patterns.
Ron throws the pen down and exits the car.
48 EXT. CAR - THE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT - MEXICO - DAY 48
As Ron goes to get out of the car he is pulled back by a
PLASTIC TUBE attached to his ARM.
We follow it up to a shirt HOOK on the passenger side.
An I.V. BAG hangs carelessly from the hook, a liquid flowing
INTRAVENOUSLY into Ron's arm.
He reaches in and grabs the bag off the hook, gets out of the
car, holds the bag above his shoulder and takes a PISS.
49 INT. RON'S CAR - AMERICAN/MEXICAN BORDER - DAY 49
Ron now wears a PRIEST UNIFORM. He hands the BORDER AGENT his
Anything to declare.
The Border Agent takes him in a moment, his outfit, the car,
the frame of the trunk almost touching the wheel and...
50 INT. U.S. CUSTOMS HOLDING ROOM - AMERICAN/MEXICAN BORDER - DAY 50
Ron sits behind a table when a MAN in a suit walks in. He
takes off his jacket and sits.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 32A
I'm Richard Barkley from the Food and
Drug Administration office.
Ron nods. A beat.
You're a priest?
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 33
Ron smiles. The customs agent doesn't.
You have over 2,000 pills here. You are
only allowed to bring in a ninety day
Well as I told the gentlemen, I am a sick
man. I have cancer. I take 22 pills a
day and these here vials of Vitamin A, C,
E and Zinc. That there is ninety days.
The man looks at Ron, not really buying it. He takes a bottle
of Peptide T and looks at it.
(no answer from Ron)
You do realize that importing unapproved
drugs for sale is a very serious offense?
Well, as I said, they're not for
sale. And they ain't illegal,
A long beat; they stare at each other.
If we find the slightest indication that
you're selling these drugs for profit,
you will be thrown in jail... Father.
Then I promise to take each and every
one of them pills myself. In fact this
present detainment has already put me off
50A INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - RECEPTION DESK - DAY 50A
Ron talks to Nurse Frazin.
I'm looking for Dr. Eve Saks.
She's not here today.
Nurse Frazin leaves. Ron looks over the counter, sees
something, looks around...
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 33A
51 INT. EVE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DALLAS - NIGHT 51
Perfectly ordered and spotless except for files and reports
piled on the floor. An exhausted Eve takes her lab coat off,
picks up a study and aims for the kitchen when a KNOCK comes
at the door.
Ron comes in.
Mr. Woodroof... Ron, I thought you
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 34
(cutting her off)
Dead? Sorry for bargin' in.
What are you doing here? You look great.
Actually I look amazin'. But you,
you look like shit.
What happened to you?
So you got any music? Or crackers?
I'm sorry, but what is this?
It's a celebration of how absolutely
fuckin' wrong you were.
Ron holds up a bottle of sparkling wine.
Thirty days you said! Well here it is
months later and I'm goin' like
gangbusters. Now if that don't call for
a little Cheez Whiz on a Ritz, I don't
know what does!
Ron heads for the refrigerator.
No. Don't... I don't really eat here.
The DOORBELL interrupts them. Ron watches as Eve crosses and
opens the door, admitting Rayon, looking like shit and shaking
badly in a full-length, pink fur coat.
Them bastards Kentucky fried me.
Rayon sways; Eve grabs his arm. Ron watches as Eve helps
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 35
You women love Nancy Boys.
Ron crosses to help Rayon to the couch. He leans his head
back, labors to breathe.
Tell me what's wrong.
Hell, I'll tell you what's wrong,
it's the goddamn AZT!
It's killin' him, can't you see that?
Why you think I look so healthy?
Ron reaches into his his jacket, produces a small BOX filled
with MEDS. He takes out a brand new syringe and bottle of
Tinkerbell, how much cash you got?
Off his silence, Ron rummages through Rayon's purse, extracts
two twenties, pockets them, and starts preparing the syringe.
What the hell do you think you're doing?!
Helpin' him, that's what.
He's a participant in a clinical trial,
we need to get him to the hospital!
So they can fuck him up even worse?
Ron disregards her protests, starts to inject Rayon.
Are you out of your mind?! If anything
happens to him--
Relax, it's just a little vitamin boost,
A, C, zinc.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 36
You want to live, get off the AZT.
It's a blind study! We don't even know
if he's getting AZT!
Everyone knows what they're gettin'.
AZT tastes differently. I guess I got
lucky and got the real thing.
Yeah, real lucky.
I've got stuff here that works. Healthy,
non-toxic. You should trial it and we'll
both get rich.
Ron turns to Rayon.
Tell your friends about me. Send `em
my way and I'll hook `em up.
Ron heads for the door.
And tell `em to bring their fuckin'
money. Cash. No checks.
Eve and Rayon can't believe this guy.
52 EXT. OAK LAWN DISTRICT - STREET - DAY 52
Ron stands in the heartland of the gay community, with SHOPS,
BARS and CLUBS. He tries to engage gay PASSERSBY, none of
whom will give him the time of day.
53 INT. DRADDY AUDITORIUM - NIGHT 53
With another support meeting underway, Ron talks to a small
group of GAY MEN, who look at him warily.
54 EXT. GAY CLUB - NIGHT 54
Dozens of GAY MEN mill about; Ron watches as some hold hands,
others grope one another.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 37
He spots a COUPLE just talking, but as he approaches, they
start making out. Ron stops in his tracks, turns to leave,
bumps right into a MAN dressed just like him, except this
cowboy's CHAPS have nothing covering his ass. The guy nods
for Ron to follow him inside the club.
Are you out of your fucking mind?!
55 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - ROOM - DAY 55
As Nurse Frazin monitors an AIDS PATIENT receiving a blood
transfusion, Eve reviews his chart.
This man also had a transfusion?
The AZT. We can tell who's on it by the
symptoms. Most of them need new blood.
(looking at chart)
He's actually getting worse.
Eve looks at the sleeping Patient; she reaches for his hand.
So why are they stopping the trial?
What do you mean?
Barrow Wilkem, didn't you see the memo?
They claim most people are feeling better
and fewer people are dying.
56 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - HALLWAY - DAY 56
In mid-conversation, Eve follows Dr. Sevard down the hall.
Transfusions always makes patients feel
better. Give the placebo patients new
blood and they'll feel better too.
Sevard stops to sign a form for a NURSE.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 38
I have questions about the drug's safety.
I've seen it drop white blood cells in a
lot of my patients making them more
susceptible to infection.
It's Barrow Wilkem's call, Eve. So we
can get the drug to the people who need
After six months?
Their trial results are overwhelmingly
positive. AZT is working.
But we have no idea what the long term
effects are. It's irresponsible.
These people die, Eve. There are no
Can I see a copy of the study?
It's still being written. Here.
He produces a two page document and hands it to Eve.
A press release from the NIH?
Sevard crosses off. Eve stands there, stunned.
Her POV on the press release: "HIV-positive patients are twice
as likely to get AIDS if they don't take AZT."
57 INT. RON'S CAR - DALLAS STREET - DAY 57
Ron is parked on a quiet street. He counts his cash and is
startled when suddenly a WOMAN gets in the passenger seat.
(pulls a 9mm pistol)
Jesus Mother Mary Fuckin' Christ!
She's not a woman, it's...
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 39
I was looking for you, Lonestar.
I could of killed you!
I feel better! I wanted to thank you.
Good for you. Now get the fuck out!
I need more of that cocktail shit you
Listen Tinkerbell, unless you got cash or
some new clients for me, I'm busy. Now
get the f...
Let's just do this quickly so I can get
the fuck out!
Rayon shows Ron a stack of bills. A big one.
You got enough for 20 of us?
Rayon sees how Ron looks at his cash.
You know what? You don't deserve our
money, you homophobic asshole!
Rayon gets out. Ron watches him walk away in disbelief.
Am I fuckin' dreamin'?
Rayon walks over to a FRIEND of his on the street. That's
Ron's POV as he backs his car towards them.
Here's enough for 20, find me 20 more and
I'll cut you in. Five percent.
Rayon plays it cool, barely looks at Ron.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 40
I can handle your insults, but five
Twenty five, take it or leave it.
58 Ron shakes his head in disbelief. And nods. Rayon walks to 58
Ron's car with a big smile on his face.
59 EXT. GAY CLUB - NIGHT 59
Rayon tries to get Ron to come in. Ron doesn't want to.
Rayon pushes him in.
60 INT. GAY CLUB - NIGHT 60
On the dance floor, Rayon grinds with a group of MEN. He
waves Ron over from the sidelines. The cowboy with the
chapless butt stares at Ron. Ron doesn't think it's funny.
60B EXT. DRADDY AUDITORIUM - PARKING LOT - NIGHT 60B
Rayon is on the look out. Ron sells MEDS out of the trunk of
his car to a line of GAY MEN. A CUSTOMER hands him some cash,
Ron reaches into his trunk and finds a pair of handcuffs
slapped on his wrists. He's pushed against the cars, his legs
kicked apart. Fuck.
60C INT. POLICE STATION - HOLDING ROOM - DAY 60C
Ron sits with David Wayne.
Five grand worth of shit. Shit I owe
Richard Barkley walks in.
Father Woodroof. 90 days supply?
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 40A
I was just sharing.
Listen, I know what the situation is. I
know people are looking for solutions.
But this is not the right one. This is
dangerous. You can't sell drugs to
people. Do you understand?
Yeah, I understand.
My client would like his drugs back for
his own personal use.
They've already been destroyed.
Ron clenches his jaw, tries to remain cool.
I hope we have an understanding. You're
breaking the law.
A60 INT. DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY - DAY A60
Ron is back to his reading. In front of him: NEWSPAPERS from
SAN FRANCISCO, LONDON, NEW YORK. Ron sees something. Light
A61 EXT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - DAY A61
Ron and Rayon walk towards an old retro looking motel from the
You gotta be kidding me?!
No, perfect place. We gotta lay low.
Don't wanna get busted. I got a plan.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 41
61 INT. DALLAS BUYER'S CLUB MOTEL - RON'S OFFICE - DAY 61
Ron stacks boxes in the room among his personal stuff. The
place looks like what it is: a cheap sex motel.
This place is disgusting. We need to
Do not use the word "we". Now you wanna
put your apron on and fly around on your
broom, be my guest.
Just then, a KNOCK on the open door. Rayon and Ron look up to
see attorney DAVID WAYNE, 40s.
Howdy Counselor, welcome.
Hi, I'm Rayon.
Wayne takes in Rayon.
He's my partner. Business partner.
Ron throws a key to Rayon.
Your office's next door.
Rayon gets the message and exits. Wayne looks around at all
Jesus, how many truck loads you bring
back from Mexico? All for your own
(gives Ron a folder)
Here's the paper work for your LLC. I
don't even want to know what it's for.
Don't worry, Counselor. I ain't selling
(off Wayne's look of surprise)
I'm giving them away. For free.
(showing the folder)
By selling memberships. Four hundred a
month in dues gets you all the meds you
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 42
Wayne looks at him, thinking it over.
You son of a bitch!
Bitches. Plural. There's a bunch of
faggots runnin' a hell of a club up in
New York. That's where I got the idea.
Welcome to the Dallas Buyers Club.
62 INT. EVE'S HOUSE - DALLAS - NIGHT - MARCH 1987 62
Eve pours herself a glass of red wine, cleans the stain left
by the bottle on the counter and sits on the couch between
paper works. CLOSE ON the TV NEWS ANCHOR.
Barrow Wilkem announced today that AZT
has been approved as the first drug to
treat AIDS. At a cost of $10,000 per
year per patient, AZT is the most
expensive drug ever marketed. Barrow
Wilkem stock jumped a whopping 12% today
on the news.
Eve sits, staring at the TV.
63 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RAYON'S OFFICE - DAY 63
The small room has been turned into an office. In his version
of a Nurse outfit, Rayon is taping photos of MARC BOLAN to the
wall. We now understand where Rayon's look comes from. TEN
MEN linger through the room and into the next one through a
Ron is behind a desk, atop which sits a gun, a bottle of
Tequila and dozens of medical files. On the wall nearby are
posters of SPORTS CARS and BIKINI MODELS as well as the Texas
Wildflowers painting, news clippings regarding AIDS and a
crude CHART listing Patients and their info: SYMPTOMS, DRUGS
TAKEN, and ORIENTATION (Gay, Drug Addict, Hemophiliac).
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 43
(as he enters)
Roanie, we have two new customers.
Ron looks up from the chart he's filling out.
Bring 'em in and if you call me Roanie
(grabs his gun)
...I'ma use this gun to give you the sex
change you been hopin' for.
Rayon shakes his head, walking off, as IAN and MICHAEL, a
conservative gay couple in their 50s appear in the doorway.
They look at Ron's gun and hesitate to walk in.
Ah shit, did I scare you? Sorry.
Welcome to the Dallas Buyers Club.
Ron puts the gun away. Ian and Michael sit down. Ian is
clearly very ill.
Rayon said you can get us some medicine.
He told you how it works? Treatments and
drugs are free, but the membership, 400$.
They nod yes.
(handing them a clipboard)
You'll have to sign a waiver. We take no
responsibility for the drugs we give you.
You croak, you croak. That's your
Michael looks at Ian, who nods okay. They sign the waiver.
We have AZT, it helped Ian a little at
first, but now he can't walk or think
First of all, flush that shit down the
toilet. Secondly, stay away from
anything that'll cook your insides.
Third, get healthy and if your brain's
broke, I got something called Peptide T
that'll fix it.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 44
Michael looks at Ian, not sure what to think. Ron hands them
each a questionnaire.
Fill that there out and don't cheat on
the drugs part. Can't help you if I
don't know what you're doin'.
Ron puts a box of pills on the desk.
I got more stuff comin' in about a week.
Til then, watch what you eat and who you
64 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - NURSE STATION - DAY 64
Eve paces, checks her watch as Nurse Frazin sits nearby
He didn't call, leave a message?
(then; off file)
He did change his address recently.
A65 EXT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - DAY A65
Still in her white lab coat, Eve gets out of her car and walks
towards an open door.
65 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB - RON'S OFFICE - DAY 65
Boxes of drugs and herbs everywhere. Ron is on the phone
arguing with someone, a small Japanese-English dictionary in
his hand. He stops in his tracks when he sees Eve walking in.
Never mind. I'll call back. Thank you.
He hangs up.
What are you doing here?
I live here.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 45
Where's Rayon? You're roommates now?
Not exactly. What are you doing here?
Confused, Eve looks down on Ron's desk, picks up a file.
He moves to stop her, but he's too late.
Roger Thompson? This is my patient. Are
you treating these people?
They're treatin' themselves.
Vitamins, Peptide T, DDC. Anything but
that poison you're hawkin'.
Eve starts to look at the chart. A few beats, then:
Do you ever wear any color? Every time I
see you I see white.
Ron smiles. Eve does not.
Tell Rayon I was looking for him. And
I'm telling my patients to stay away from
Eve walks out the door.
Why? You wanna go grab a steak? I know
it's red but...
And she exits.
66 INT. SUPERMARKET - DALLAS - DAY 66
A near empty cart stands next to Ron as he studies the label
on a box. Rayon, dressed in his pink coat, walks up.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 46
This is the shit that'll rot your
insides. What a surprise, FDA approved.
What the fuck is potassium benzoate?
Rayon throws a pack of bologna in the cart.
You fuckin' kiddin' me?
Defiant, Rayon puts his hand on his hips.
Don't pollute me with that processed
crap. I'm eatin' healthy.
Ron removes the bologna and throws it at Rayon who almost
fumbles the catch.
It's protein, it's good for you.
Put it back.
Rayon tosses it back at Ron.
You can't tell me what to do.
Ron throws the Bologna harder at Rayon, who catches it like a
pro football player, much to Ron's surprise. Rayon enjoys the
moment and disappears down the isle, proud, with his bologna
under the arm.
Ron turns the corner of the next isle. T.J. is there putting
a case of BEER in his shopping cart. An uncomfortable moment
Uh, hey Ron.
Ron nods at him.
How're you doin'?
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 47
Rayon appears at the other end of the isle. T.J. sees him and
Jesus, faggots everywhere.
T.J. looks at Ron for confirmation. Rayon reaches them and
throws a bag of chips in the cart.
T.J. and Ron don't answer. An awkward beat.
This is Rayon.
(off T.J.'s silence)
He said hi to you.
Rayon sticks out his hand. T.J. doesn't respond.
Shake his hand, T.J.
Come on, buddy, what's your fuckin'
T.J. gives Ron the finger. Ron grabs T.J.'s hand and twists
it behind his back. T.J. resists, tries to get out of Ron's
grip but can't. He finally extends his hand. Rayon shakes
Good. Now get the fuck outta here and go
back to your miserable life.
T.J. stares at Ron for a while, angry, humiliated, then
leaves. Ron watches him go. Rayon stares at Ron, unsure of
how to react to this. A subtle smile appears on his face.
Rayon's moved that Ron stuck up for him. He starts to tear
Ron sees the bag of chips in the cart and throws it at Rayon.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 48
67 EXT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - HALLWAY - DAY 67
Two dozen MEN, all prospective buyers, snake down the long
exterior hallway. A NEIGHBOR walks by, disgusted, hugging the
wall as he makes it to his own door.
That is Ron's POV following at a distance as he arrives from
INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - 2ND FLOOR ROOM - DAY
A young, gay man, FREDDIE, stands awkwardly fidgeting by the
door, makeup poorly masking lesions on his face and neck. The
line of customers is snaking behind him. Ron sees Freddie's
money, grabs it and counts it.
(yelling to the line)
You don't got the money, you don't join
the club. This ain't no charity.
Ron gives Freddy his money back.
You need three hundred and fifty more.
DENISE, a Club volunteer, early forties, walks in.
Beaumont Lab's delivery is here. A woman
says you were expecting her.
69 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RON'S OFFICE - DAY 69
FRANCINE SUSKIND (37), stands in front of Ron's desk looking
at a MAN behind her wheeling in cardboard boxes on a dolly.
You can get it abroad but in the States,
we can only use it for animal research.
It's not classified as a drug so the FDA
does not control it.
I'm usin' it for memory loss. You oughta
try gettin' it to market.
It costs around 250 million dollars to
get a drug to market.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 49
Damn, bureaucracy is good business.
Francine smiles, she likes Ron. The man places the BOXES
marked PEPTIDE T on the floor.
These are for your animal research.
Ron winks at her, waits for the delivery man to leave, and
produces a plastic BAG filled with vials and drugs.
And these are for your daughter.
She takes the bag of medication and surprisingly becomes
emotional. She holds it back, tries to say thank you but
can't. Ron nods "it's ok". She hugs him.
INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - 2ND FLOOR ROOM - NIGHT
Rayon finishes packing Ron's suitcase. He's high. Wasted.
71 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RON'S OFFICE - NIGHT 71
Ron works the combination lock on a safe. He stops. Wonders
what's wrong. Looks dizzy. He goes to his desk and pops some
pills. Takes a deep breath.
Rayon enters with the suitcase and a Pan Am airline envelope.
You're all packed, here's your ticket.
Ron removes a stack of cash from the safe and hands it to
(keeps the money)
Jesus! Are you fuckin' high?
None of your business.
Actually, it is if I can't fuckin' trust
Denise shows up from the other room.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 49A
You're in charge!
(grabs the money)
No! You can trust me!
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 50
They stare at each other.
Make sure my new Caddy is at the airport
for when I get back.
Denise, you hearin' this? Now you two
monkeys take care of the zoo.
And as Ron takes his suitcase and exits...
Keep an eye on him.
72 EXT. AIRPLANE - STOCK FOOTAGE - DAY 72
A 747 soars across the sky. On screen appears:
Hayashira Chemical Lab - Okayama, Japan
73 INT. HAYASHIRA CHEMICAL LAB - JAPAN - WAITING AREA - DAY 73
Briefcase in hand, cowboy hat on his head, Ron waits along
with JAPANESE MEN who all stare at him. After a few beats,
MR. YAMATA, the lab's manager approaches.
Yamata bows, then:
Regarding your order. I am so sorry, but
we are no longer allowed to export
interferon to the United States.
What do you mean?
I am sorry. I know you've come a long
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 50A
Fourteen hours on a plane, but hey, who
gives a shit, right?
(off Yamata's look)
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 51
Look, if it's a matter of money, I can
make it worth your while, I got cash--
(cutting him off)
Please understand. Japanese doctors
will be the only ones who can make the
And as Ron's wheels turn...
74 INT. DR. HIROSHI'S OFFICE - OKAYAMA - DAY 74
CLOSE ON -- DR. HIROSHI, 40s, who sits talking on the phone.
...that is correct. Two thousand vials
of alpha interferon.
A REVERSE ANGLE reveals Ron, across from Hiroshi. Over the
above, he slides ten $100 dollar bills across the desk.
That's right. Delivered directly to my
office. Thank you.
Slow drip. Very strong. Slow drip.
Ron walks to Dr. Hiroshi, thanks him, and looks him over from
head to toe.
75 INT. HOTEL ROOM - OKAYAMA - NIGHT 75
Ron packs his suitcase and puts on a ROLEX and an expensive
Ron looks at his reflection in the mirror.
76 INT. DALLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - CUSTOMS AREA - DAY 76
A CUSTOMS OFFICER looks at Ron dressed with Dr. Hiroshi's lab
coat, and wearing Dr. Sevard's hair style as he talks into a
large first generation cell phone.
Yeah, I'm coming. Prepare the sedation.
Propofol. 10 milligrams.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 52
I said I'm coming.
(hangs up, to the officer)
77 INT. DALLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - MEN'S REST ROOM - DAY 77
Ron enters the Men's rest room carrying his suitcase and
briefcase, and disappears in a...
STALL - LATER
Ron injects a needle into his arm.
On the toilet, an empty VIAL from the BRIEFCASE.
Ron takes his lab coat off and stops. A searing pain courses
through his chest. Ron grimaces. The strange ringing again
in his ears. Then another shooting pain...
78 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - RECEPTION AREA - DAY 78
Tucker and a fellow POLICE OFFICER are doing paperwork next to
a MAN covered with BLOOD. Tucker has a double take when he
sees an unconscious Ron being wheeled in on a stretcher by two
79 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - HALLWAY - DAY 79
Visible through an open door, Ron lies in bed in a hospital
gown, hooked up to an I.V. tube. In the hall, Tucker and Dr.
Sevard are with the FDA's Richard Barkley.
We don't know what the drugs are. He's
80 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - ROOM - CONTINUOUS 80
Ron hears the voices in the hallway.
That a party out there?
Dr. Sevard and the others hear Ron, enter his room.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 53
Doc-tor Sevard! You must be surprised to
You nearly killed yourself. We need to
know where you acquired those drugs.
(re: I.V. tube)
And I need to know what you're
pumpin' into me here.
A combination of AZT...
What? Get it out!
Ron rips the I.V. out of his arm.
I'm gonna sue you for attempted murder!
Where's my stuff?
Your stuff gave you a heart attack.
Go to hell. I say what goes in my body,
not you. Final. Period. End of story.
That decision, like it or not, is left up
to the people in this hospital.
This thing's an epidemic and you're still
lookin for guinea pigs. Well do I look
like a rodent to you?
Mr. Woodroof, we tolerate the Buyers
Clubs. Now, every other organization in
the country is dancing with us but for
some reason, either you don't understand
what we're saying or you just don't give
You're a fool if you think you're helping
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 53A
That's right. I fooled you. You told me
I'd be dead in thirty days.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 54
Well HOWDYFUCKINDOODY, cuz it's a year
later and look whose still here?
Tucker tries to stifle a laugh.
Now I'm through with you. You got
anything to say, tell it to my real
doctor, Dr. Saks.
Rayon rushes in carrying Ron's leather jacket.
I was so worried --
Where's my suitcase?
Mr. Woodroof, would you please get back
Nope. And if you're gonna call an
orderly on me, you'd better fuckin' do
it, cuz this motherfucker is going home.
81 Ron grabs his leather jacket and throws it on. He walks out 81
and we see he's naked under his gown.
82 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - DR. EVE SAKS' OFFICE - DAY 82
Eve sits behind her desk, Dr. Sevard standing across from her.
You're his physician and you can't tell
me what medications he's on?
He came in once for advice. I have
no idea what he does outside of this
Well the FDA confiscated over two
thousand vials of alpha interferon...
that he was about to sell to AIDS
patients. Our patients!
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 54A
(testing the waters)
Actually, I've been reading about Buyers
Clubs. They say they found other drugs
that are eliminating symptoms.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 55-57
Without controlled trials, we'll never be
able to cure this thing because we'll
have no legitimate data. Tell your
patients to stay away from him.
With that, Sevard exits. On Eve.
83 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RAYON'S OFFICE - DAY 83
Lots of activity, many EMPLOYEES on phones, SHIPMENTS coming
in, new CLIENTS lined up through the connecting door into...
RON'S OFFICE. Maps of the different locations around the
country where buyers clubs have shown up, New-York, San-
(holding a phone)
This guy says the Florida Buyers Club is
Then tell him to move to the fuckin'
A phone cradled in his neck, Ron accepts a shipment of several
dozen boxes from a guy we saw earlier in Mexico.
What do you mean you can't get it back?!
It was authorized by a doctor!
DAVID WAYNE (O.C.)
The FDA said it was a Japanese doctor
with no legal standing. What can I say,
they make it up as they go.
84 Then check China, Amsterdam and Israel 84
cause that's where I'm fuckin' goin'!
85 MONTAGE 85
PLANES take off and LAND; we track Ron making his way through
various airports and international cities; we see a series of
Departure Boards - Tel Aviv; Amsterdam; Hong Kong.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 58
86 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RON'S OFFICE - DAY 86
Not yet open for business. As Rayon and his friend SUNNY hang
photos on a freshly-painted nearby wall. Eve stands across
from Ron with her arms crossed.
I got first hand experience with all of
'em. And I'll tell you something else,
if I don't know what somethin' is, or
don't trust the white coat who's trying
to sell it to me, I fed-ex it to my lab
in Seattle and they test if for me.
Eve looks around at all the boxes and files.
Then I test it all on myself before I
give it to anyone else.
(off her look)
I'm my own lab rat.
He grabs a box of meds.
Compound Q. You know what happens if I
come off it? My hair falls out, I lose
weight, I can't get my dick up and I
start to die. I got three hundred other
people with the same experience.
(grabs another box)
Peptitde T. Gets rid of dementia. Stop
takin' it and you can't think straight,
walk straight, or act straight. I got
over two hundred people on that. You
(grabs another box)
DDC and DDI, both toxic, but in small
doses, helps kick opportunistic
Ron, I respect that you're learning about
your illness but some of these people
should be in the hospital.
All the hospital wants is to serve up
AZT helps eradicate the virus.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 58A
Fuck the virus, once you got that, you're
married to it. I'm more concerned about
my symptoms and survival. I mean, I'm no
You're not? 'Cause you sound so...
Rayon and Sunny laugh like children.
You fuckin' high again?
Are you listenin' to what I'm sayin'
here about usin' that shit?
And what the fuck did you do to my wall?!
It's cranberry mocha. For the holidays.
Ron looks back at Eve, exasperated. He grabs a folder off his
People can live with this thing for
longer than they're saying. Ninety-six-
percent of people diagnosed with AIDS in
the U S of A will be dead in under six
I know the statistics.
Then use them. Why give people AZT when
their immune system is broken? It's
If you're abusing it, like you did, with
no medical surveillance, of course it is.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 58B
Maybe I did abuse it, but I'm off it now,
and I'm here, feeling good. And I'm not
the only one.
Ron turns to Rayon and Sunny, who are hanging Marc Bolan's
pictures on the wall.
Why is Boy George's goddamned face
everywhere in my room?
Rayon and Sunny laugh.
It's Marc Bolan, silly! Why don't you
just get it over with and say it, you
(re: Rayon's Friend)
Take your sunflower and get out.
Rayon and Sunny leave the room, laughing. Ron TEARS down
Bolan's pictures, and throws down the folder.
You know what, look at it, don't look at
it, I don't give a shit.
87 After a beat, Eve takes the folder. 87
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 59
88 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - BATHROOM - NIGHT 88
89 Ron looks at his reflection in the mirror. Looks like he just 89
woke up. He stands over the sink taking his meds, pouring out
pills from among a DOZEN bottles. He finishes taking the last
pills, washing them down with water. Runs his hands through
his hair, looks at himself in the mirror, tries to find a
flattering angle. He stands there looking at himself. After
a while, he nods his approval.
89A INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - HALLWAY - DAY 89A
Sevard is about to walk into a room but stops in his track.
Dumbfounded, he walks towards another room, shakes his head
and continues to the nurse's station.
Where the hell are my trial patients?
Nurse Frazin ignores him and walks away.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 60
90 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RON'S OFFICE - DAY 90
The place is jammed with BUYERS. On the wall, people add
their information to Ron's ever growing chart. EMPLOYEES
unpack boxes and wait to talk to Ron who walks out.
90A EXT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - DAY 90A
Ron walks past the line of customers and up the stairs to the
second floor. He spots a MAN leaning against his new
91 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - 2ND FLOOR ROOM - DAY 91
Rayon, sick again, rolls down his pants and prepares to insert
a needle into his thigh. He closes his eyes, brings the
wavering needle closer to his skin...
If you ain't doin' poppers and coke, how
come you look like such shit?
Rayon ignores Ron, tries to muster up the courage.
You pussy, stick it in. Who do you think
is gonna do that when I ain't here?
Rayon looks at Ron with pleading eyes.
Rayon, I swear, God sure was dressin' the
wrong doll when he blessed you with a
pair of balls.
Give me that thing.
Ron takes the needle and injects Rayon with the drug.
You know it's one thing for me not to
like you, but why don't you be a better
friend to yourself?
If I really thought you were interested,
I'd tell you.
Just then, the door opens. It's Ron's attorney, David Wayne.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 61
What are you doin' here?
(holds up paper)
You're being audited. The IRS.
92 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RON'S OFFICE - DAY 92
Ron and David Wayne look on as two IRS AGENTS carry out boxes
of receipts and other financial records.
Nice work, fellas, great. This is how
you got Al Capone, ain't it?
As the Agents exit:
Don't piss them off. If there's a fine,
we'll pay it.
A fine? Fine, alright, how much? Ten
thousand? Twenty thousand? I'll write
you a check right now.
Ron grabs his check book.
You think that will stop me, you
93 David waves Ron down with his hands. 93
94 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RON'S OFFICE - NIGHT 94
Rayon is prepping shipping boxes with Sunny, drawing abstract
artistic designs on the boxes.
Ron walks out of the bathroom dressed in a gangster style
suit. Rayon gives him the once over.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 62
Honey, you don't have a snowball's chance
wearing that thing.
Rayon, I don't need help gettin' ladies
from your sorry ass.
Trailer trash and rodeo groupies do not
count as ladies. Are you sure she said
the word yes?
You got any flowers?
Ron looks around, spots the Wild Flower PAINTING. He walks
over and yanks it off the wall, looks at Rayon defiantly, puts
it under his arm and storms out the door.
95 INT. DUNSTON'S STEAK HOUSE - NIGHT 95
Eve waits in a booth. She watches a couple flirt at another
table. The WOMAN laughs and tosses her hair back. Eve self
consciously tucks her hair behind her ear. She stops,
realizes what she's doing. Just then, Ron approaches with the
It's the Wildflowers. Texas style.
Ron hands her the painting. She smiles, plays along.
They're beautiful. Thank you. And I
don't even have to water them.
Ron slides in across from her.
Thanks for coming.
A beat. She looks at his suit and smiles politely.
The IRS is on my ass. I wonder who
tipped them off?
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 63
You don't actually believe I would do
Nah. But you gonna have to watch what
you say when you're around that snake you
work with. He's the virus I'm worried
about. As a matter fact, if you hear of
She shakes her head, amused. A WAITER approaches.
Bring us your best bottle of Cabernet.
The Waiter nods and leaves.
Nice restaurant, beautiful woman. I feel
like a human being again.
How come you ain't got no high powered
corporate honey to take you dancin'?
I don't dance.
That's cause you don't got a honey. How
old are you anyway? Twenty two?
Eve shoots him a "nice try" look. She wonders, is he here to
flirt or talk business?
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 64
Why are we here?
To eat, drink, enjoy life, be merry...
Take a break, relax, breathe, Saks.
She sits back, smiles, the waiter comes back with the wine.
Normal people do that, ya know.
She takes a proper sip of wine as he takes a gulp.
So why'd you become a doctor?
Because I was good in science. And my
father said studying history was a waste
of time. So I went to med school.
Not what I thought you'd say but makes
sense, your dad was a practical man.
Yes, he was. Your turn. Why did you
become... an electrician, right?
Well my old man was an electrician. A
good one too. But he was a better
drinker. Which I learned from him as
Ron raises his glass in a toast. They share a smile.
So I was around it a lot. Got pretty
good at takin' shit apart, seein' how the
insides worked, and then puttin' it back
together. I was good at it and it put
some change in my pocket.
What about your mom?
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 64A
She was a painter, kind of a gypsy. She
got tired a' all the shit and left. You
know how it is.
She painted that, your mom?
Don't feel like you gotta hang it. I
know you like everything perfect.
I do not. I'll hang it. I'm going to
hang it. It's just... are you sure you
don't want to keep it?
Ron looks at her. A long time, then:
You need to enjoy your life, little lady.
You only got one.
96 The Waiter approaches with the wine. Ron and Eve both look at 96
each other, enjoying their company.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 65
97 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RON'S OFFICE - NIGHT 97
We hear someone breathing. We're on one of the POSTERS of a
bikini clad woman. We pan to another poster of another girl,
then another. The breathing is getting more intense. It's
obvious that someone is masturbating. Then we're on a POSTER
of... Marc Bolan. The breathing stops. Ron walks into frame
and tears Bolan's poster down. Then he spots another one.
And another one.
I'm gonna kill him!
98 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RAYON'S OFFICE - MORNING 98
Ron sifts through boxes of inventory with a clipboard in his
A sickly looking Rayon sits on the sofa sipping a cup of green
tea, watching TV.
We're running low on DDC and Peptide-T, I
thought you were stocking this?
Sit down and shut up.
Ron's POV on the TV.
New studies have proven that AZT is
effective in stopping the progression of
AIDS in asymptomatic cases. Dr. Anthony
Fauci, head of the National Institute of
Health, announced that a trial had
clearly shown that early AZT intervention
will keep AIDS at bay. AZT is the only
drug that has been shown in
scientifically controlled trials to be
safe and effective, Fauci contended.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 66
NEWS ANCHOR (CONT'D)
99 INT. EVE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 99
Phone to her ear, Eve sits watching the same broadcast.
Scientifically controlled, my ass! They
took eight months to approve it. And
from what we know now, AZT is everything
100 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - NURSE STATION - DAY 100
Eve stands talking to Nurse Frazin.
I want all my HIV patients on the
asymptomatic study to have their AZT
doses lowered to the minimum, 600
101 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RON'S OFFICE - DAY 101
With the line snaking out the door, Ron sits behind the desk
dealing with a BUYER.
That's four pills, three times a day with
food. The vitamins too.
As Ron starts putting the meds in a paper bag, we hear a
commotion coming from the other room.
I'm not letting you in, you have a search
Rayon, still in his robe, stands blocking the doorway to
Richard Barkley who signals to Tucker to take over. Tucker
gestures to Rayon to move out of the way. He walks in with a
FELLOW POLICE OFFICER and two DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 67
The hell's all this?
(to the Buyers)
Gentlemen, I'm gonna need you all to
leave the premises in an orderly
Some GRUMBLING as the Buyers file out. Barkley enters.
Mr. Woodroof, I have a court order
permitting us to confiscate any and all
non-FDA approved drugs or supplements.
In other words, my entire inventory.
Ron looks over at one of the FDA Agents, who has begun opening
boxes. As the Agent removes an unmarked bottle:
Aloe vera! It's a plant. What do you
give a shit if people eat plants?
It's improperly labeled. That's a
violation of FDA regulations.
It's a bullshit technicality and you
Get my lawyer on the phone.
Rayon crosses off to make the call.
Our primary concern is preventing a
market for illegal drugs.
Illegal? Unapproved! These are vitamins
and minerals, for Chrissake!
Vitamins and minerals that gave you a
heart attack, remember?
I'm not selling that stuff, you
confiscated it, remember?
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 68
The agents confiscate lots of small blue boxes and put them in
an evidence bag.
What's the matter, you got Alzheimer,
(pointing at the blue boxes)
'Cause Peptide T works for Alzheimers
too, ya know?
Tucker looks over at Ron.
Come on, it's a protein! Effective with
dementia which I have. Why don't you
just look at my research?
Woodroof, I wouldn't want you to spend
your last days in jail. If you have a
product you'd like tested, fill out an
application and go through the process.
Don't threaten me! I'm unapproved
motherfucker! The process? That's just
FDA bullshit for pay up! 250 million
The Agents exit carrying boxes and bags; Barkley gives Ron a
You'll be receiving your fine for non
compliance and improper labelling soon.
Barkley leaves followed by Tucker who looks sorry for Ron.
Rayon comes back to the room. He takes a last peek through
the window, and pulls boxes of Peptide T from underneath his
robe, with the smile of a kid on his face, handing Ron the
These fuckers are comin' at me from all
angles! I wanna file a restraining
DAVID WAYNE (O.C.)
What? Against who?
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 69
The Government and their fuckin' FDA!
He slams down the phone.
We gotta relocate!
102 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - DR. EVE SAKS' OFFICE - DAY 102
Eve is at her desk when suddenly Dr. Sevard barges in.
Who gave you permission to lower your
patients' AZT doses?
I don't need permission. I'm their
I want those doses readjusted
immediately. The study protocol does not
allow dose reductions.
I'm not doing a study for people who are
asymptomatic with a toxic drug that makes
them sick. We don't treat people who
have antibodies for pneumonia or chicken
pox when they're healthy. Why should HIV
be any different?
It's a different kind of virus.
Says who? Barrow Wilkem?!
Dr. Sevard stares at Eve, who stands her ground.
Besides, I consulted with each of them
individually, it was their decision.
Sevard leaves, fuming.
FRANK YOUNG (V.O.)
--and effective immediately...
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 70
103 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RAYON'S OFFICE - DAY 103
CLOSE ON TV: we see Ron and Rayon's reflection as they're
watching FDA commissioner Frank Young standing at a podium
before a dozen microphones, mid-press conference, bombarded by
...Americans with life-threatening
illnesses will be permitted to import
small quantities of unapproved drugs for
their personal use. Under this
arrangement, the drugs may only be
purchased by individuals who have been
prescribed the medication by a physician.
Ron turns the TV off, shakes his head as he walks away.
What the fuck does that mean?
It means we were unapproved. Now we're
104 INT. LONESTAR BAR - BATHROOM - DAY 104
Ron pulls out a brown paper BAG from inside the PAPER TOWEL
DISPENSER. He removes a stack of CASH, puts it in his coat,
places a BLUE BOX into the dispenser and closes the top.
105 INT. LONESTAR BAR - DAY 105
Ron walks out to a table where Rayon is waiting. Rayon has a
ledger in front of him. His condition is deteriorating.
Let's get outta here.
Rayon gathers his things and gets up to leave. Ron looks up
and sees TUCKER looking at him as he's drinking a beer across
the room with a few other cops. Ron signals to a waitress.
Send a round of beers over to my friends.
Ron throws some cash down on the table.
Save your money, we're broke. Our credit
cards are maxed.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 71
A hundred grand between the FDA and the
IRS fines. The pharmacy bills due...
Ron ignores him. A busty waitress floats by.
How bout that size? Those would look
good on me.
You ain't gettin' tits, Rayon.
Memberships are high and so is demand.
So we recruit more members from where?
Yep! I'm gotta find MDs to write them
prescriptions so we can keep dealin'
these drugs... legally now.
In the meantime we could try the bank?
Oh yeah, Bonnie and Clyde comin' in for a
loan. Stop starin' at her tits, you're
startin' to look normal.
106 INT. TUCKER'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY 106
Tucker, still in his police uniform, finishes clearing the
table after dinner with his old father, who sits silently in a
Tucker opens the BLUE BOX and removes a Buyers Club bottle of
Peptide T and a note.
Tuck, sorry to hear about your dad's
Alzheimer. This will help. Woodroof.
107 INT. SMALL HOME - DALLAS - DAY 107
The house hasn't seen new carpet since the 60's. The
conservative gay couple we met earlier, Ian and Michael, show
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 72
This place is crap, I'll give you one
fifty a month and fifty percent off your
Mr. Woodroof --
Don't try to con me --
We don't want money.
What do you want?
The house is free. We want to help.
Ron looks from Ian and Michael and back again.
Oh. Well that's good news.
Ian sticks his hand out, Ron shakes it.
108 INT. DRADDY AUDITORIUM - DALLAS HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT 108
The same meeting from the beginning; packed with mostly gay
MEN. A different group of people are here now, but the
atmosphere is the same.
Ron stands at the back of the auditorium with Rayon at his
side chewing gum like a baseball coach. Ron flips the lights
off and on...
The CROWD calms down, turns to look at Ron.
I got what you got and I have traveled
the world looking for alternative
medications, stuff not available yet in
America, thanks to the good folks down at
A murmur travels through the audience as people listen.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 73
Some of you may have heard of the Dallas
Buyers Club, an organization I founded
with my friend Rayon. Risk might be
high, but what the hell, you're risking
your life every time you go into one of
them there hospitals.
I don't know where most of the people are
who were at these meetings a year and a
half ago... maybe they lost interest...
maybe they're dead... but I'm here. I'm
walking, talking, breathing... and ain't
no one gonna take that away from me. I
gotta life to lead.
A murmur travels through the audience as people listen.
The point of our club was to get
alternative treatments and medications
into the hands of those who need 'em.
The cost of joining this club used to be
$400 a month. Well I'm here tonight with
a special offer. Anyone who's interested
can come and sign up for the one-time
only, rock bottom price of zero.
That's right, I'm giving it away folks.
More murmurs through the crowd.
HIV don't mean shit. You ain't sick, you
ain't sick. Period. You tell a guy he's
got a week to live? Shit, he's already
dead. You tell a guy he can keep on
goin'? He'll find a way. Remember, ya
ain't dyin'. But if you think you are
then you ain't got nothing to lose.
Ron does a double take at Rayon who is staring at him with
tears in his eyes. Someone hesitantly applauds. A MAN gets
up and walks to Ron, slowly OTHERS do too.
109 INT. FIRST BANK - DALLAS - DAY 109
A financial institution. A MAN, 50s, walks over to the
waiting area and coldly signals a younger man to follow him.
This is Rayon, hair slicked back, devoid of makeup and
jewelry, wearing Ron's business suit. He gets up.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 73A
110 INT. MAN'S OFFICE - FIRST BANK - DALLAS - DAY 110
Rayon looks at the various family PHOTOS which decorate the
bookshelves of the man's office who sits behind his desk.
Guess I didn't make the cut.
You made that choice yourself.
It wasn't a choice, Dad.
Rayon's father looks at him with disdain.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 74
What do you want, Raymond?
I'm fine, thanks. And you? Long time no
I suppose I should thank you for wearing
men's clothes and not embarrassing me.
Are you ashamed of me? Because I never
(shaking his head)
God help me.
He is helpin' you. I got AIDS.
A long beat during which Rayon's father finally shows some
sympathy. Rayon looks like his father's son for a moment.
I'm sorry, dad. I found someone who's
been helping me and now I'd like to help
A110 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB - RAYON'S OFFICE - BATHROOM - DAY A110
Rayon finishes taking Ron's suit off and looks at his
reflection, takes in the lesions on his naked body, grabs a
compact and a tube of lipstick, and starts putting making up
on his face, holding back tears.
God, when I meet you, I'm gonna look
pretty if it's the last thing I do. I'll
be a super model angel.
111 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RON'S OFFICE - NIGHT 111
Ron is on the PHONE, his personal address book in his hand.
There is MOVING BOXES scattered throughout the room.
What? No, please, wait a minute, doc...
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 75
The phone CLICKS. Ron slams the phone down several times.
Suddenly Rayon enters as he finishes buttoning up his dress.
All the MDs are fuckin' backpeddlin' on
their heels. The FDA is scaring them
with license revocation if they write
Rayon throws a cash filled envelope on Ron's desk.
Maybe this will help.
Ron looks at the cash in disbelief: two wrapped wads of
hundred dollar bills, worth maybe $10,000.
Where'd you get that?
Rayon exits the room proudly.
Did you sell your ass?
Just a simple fuckin' thank you would do.
Ron looks at the cash, shakes his head...
111A INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RAYON'S OFFICE - NIGHT 111A
As Rayon walks into his room, Ron appears.
Really, come on, where did you get it?
A long beat. Rayon hesitates.
I sold my life insurance policy.
Ron offers Rayon a hand shake. Rayon opens his arms. They
hug. Ron whispers a heartfelt, "thank you."
112 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - DR. EVE SAKS' OFFICE - DAY 112
Seated at her desk, Eve looks up when she hears a KNOCK on the
door. Ron, wearing a huge SOMBRERO HAT, enters.
What are you doing?
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 76
Goin' to Mexico, chica, you comin'?
Ron takes his hat off and puts it on her head, covering her
eyes. From Eve's point of view, it's pitch black until she
adjusts the hat, amused.
Do I look like someone who takes
Come on, tequila, sunshine, tacos, never
Eve enjoys the attention. Shakes her head.
I knew you'd rain on my party, but I had
to give it a shot.
Listen, I gotta ask you a favor. I need
you to write me prescriptions so I can
come across the border. I might not need
it but if I do, I'll have them.
Eve doesn't respond.
You know this rule that the FDA just
passed was just bullshit. Ain't no doc
from here to the north pole will write
I know and I can't either. I'm sorry.
We can't write scripts for random people
and random drugs. Plus what if something
goes wrong with these drugs? We could
get sued, lose our license.
Okay! Never hurts to ask.
Eve takes the hat off and hands it to Ron.
Keep it, nurse Ratched!
Ron exits the room leaving Eve with the sombrero.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 77
113 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB MOTEL - RAYON'S OFFICE - DAY 113
Music plays. Rayon, extremely sick, holds a bottle of
POPPERS, watches Sunny dance around the room amongst the
stacked moving boxes. Rayon starts coughing into a scarf,
pulls it away, it's covered with BLOOD. Sunny stops dancing.
You need to go to the hospital.
Rayon can't respond.
That's it. I'm driving you, right now.
Sunny walks over and picks up Rayon, throws him over his
Okay, okay. I'll go. Put me down. Let
me get some things first.
Rayon picks up his bag.
114 EXT. DR. VASS' CLINIC - MEXICO CITY - DAY 114
Ron enters the clinic with a suitcase.
115 INT. DR. VASS' CLINIC - MEXICO CITY - DAY 115
CLOSE ON a BUTTERFLY, emerald green wings with a blood red
middle. Its wings flap with life as a hand holds it and a
needle is inserted into its middle, extracting its fluids.
Dr. Vass conducts the experiment with Ron looking on. In the
background, another makeshift lab.
Secretions that the caterpillar uses to
protect itself during the incubation
Dr. Vass empties the contents of the syringe into a test-tube.
...act as a non-toxic anti-viral for
humans. The answer to a question.
Dr. Vass sets the test-tube on a tray, crosses to a table
lined with boxes, postmarks in different languages covering
their surfaces. He rummages on the table, finds a report.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 78
(handing it to Ron)
The Lancet medical journal published a
study conducted in France. Proves AZT
alone is too toxic for most to tolerate,
and had no lasting effect on HIV blood
levels. Of course, Barrow Wilkem and the
NIH did not include the study in their
Ron takes the study, looks it over.
Doesn't surprise me at all.
Vass hands Ron some more paperwork.
These are early trial results for
The anti-fungal, right? I read about
You want to take some home?
As much I can carry.
We need a thousand more like you.
Hell Vass, I'm just tryin' to run a
116 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - ICU ROOM - NIGHT 116
Eve walks in, breathless. Eyes sunken, breathing shallow,
Rayon is hooked up to an I.V. as Nurse Frazin adjusts an
oxygen mask on his face.
I took him off of it as you instructed.
He's just on morphine now.
Good. I'll be in my office. Thanks for
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 79
She sees Sunny outside of the room, watching. She gives him a
hopeful smile and walks off.
117 INT. DR. VASS' CLINIC - MEXICO CITY - NIGHT 117
Ron leaves the lab and notices an ominous green glow coming
from a nearby room. He approaches it slowly, drawn to it.
118 INT. DR. VASS' CLINIC - MEXICO CITY - ROOM - NIGHT 118
As he enters, he notices hundreds of emerald green BUTTERFLIES
flying in the air and hanging on the wall. Their vibrant
colors give off a luminous glow. A butterfly lands on his
hand. He slowly raises his hand to his face for a better
view. As time goes on, more and more butterflies land on
Ron's hand and body. Ron takes it all in. Illuminated from
the butterflies, he looks like a "Lite-Brite".
A119 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - DR. EVE SAK'S OFFICE - NIGHT A119
Eve wakes up, seated at her desk.
119 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - ICU ROOM - NIGHT 119
Rayon lies alone in bed, delirious from morphine, mumbling
beneath his oxygen mask. After a few beats, he takes it off,
leans over to the side table, takes a compact and a tube of
lipstick from his purse, and starts to apply it, his hands
trembling as he does. His mission accomplished, he sets the
lipstick aside, then leans his head back. And as he closes
his eyes and drifts away...
120 EXT. AIRPLANE - DAY 120
Ron sits in his seat happily scribbling prescriptions for the
drugs he is bringing in.
On the pad we see the name - Dr. Eve Saks, the same pad...
FLASHBACK: ...that Ron took in Eve's office when she had the
sombrero on her face.
121 INT. DALLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - HOLDING ROOM - DAY 121
Boxes filled with hundreds of small bottles of Fluconazole lay
on the floor.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 80
Ron sits in a chair looking on as an FDA AGENT flips through
his prescriptions, while another AGENT compares the names to
those on the bottles.
FDA AIRPORT AGENT
Walker, Dorsett, Blount, Newsome,
Jeffcoat... these are patients?
FDA AIRPORT AGENT
They're also the names of players on the
No shit? Well how's that for a
FDA AIRPORT AGENT
Isn't this a little ridiculous?
You said it.
FDA AIRPORT AGENT
Can you prove these are patients?
Can you prove they're not?
The Agent looks at him, then resignedly continues to flip
through the prescriptions.
122 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 122
Ron walks in. Denise stops unloading moving boxes and hands
him a stack of messages.
Those are the emergencies.
Ron flips through them, stops, looks around the room, and
notices Rayon's favorite Marc Bolan's posters on the walls of
his new headquarters.
At the hospital.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 81
123 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - ICU ROOM - DAY 123
Ron rushes into Rayon's room. The bed is empty. The sheets
are on the floor. Seen from behind, Sunny places Rayon's
belongings in Rayon's bag. He turns. His eyes are bloodshot.
He looks at Ron and is about to start crying again.
124 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - HALLWAY - DAY 124
Nurse Frazin is startled by off stage loud breaking noise.
Ron walks out of Rayon's room.
As Ron walks past her, Nurse Frazin grabs the phone.
I need security up here, right away.
Ron pushes open different doors looking for Dr. Sevard.
125 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - PEDIATRIC AREA - DAY 125
Ron storms into a room where several PATIENTS wait for
appointments. Some are completely healthy, others are showing
signs of sickness.
Ron spots Sevard.
There you are, you son of a bitch.
You killed him.
What are you talking about?
You call yourself a doctor? You are a
The patients in the hallway turn their heads towards the
commotion. Eve walks out of a room and watches.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 82
Leave or you will be arrested.
(to the waiting patients)
Did you hear that?
Two SECURITY GUARDS enter.
First class everything, big house,
Mercedes Benz. That's what they pay him
to say it's OK to pump poison into y'all.
The GUARDS move to grab Ron.
Get away from me. I got AIDS. I'll spit
Ron spits on the floor. The guards back off. Dr. Sevard
watches slack-jawed as Ron continues to spit. The guards grab
... as Eve watches Sevard, emotionally charged.
You see this? This is harassment. Get
me my attorney or do I have to be my own
lawyer too. Own doctor, own lawyer.
125A EXT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB HOUSE - DAY 125A
Ron slams the car door shut, walks towards the house watching
the line of men snaking out the door. He takes them in. Most
of them look very sick. His eyes stop on Freddy who's
watching him. Freddy smiles as he waves cash at Ron who
feigns a smile and walks in.
125B INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 125B
Ron enters as Denise finishes handing out information to three
very sick MEN. Denise makes her way over to Ron.
(re: sick men)
From Austin. All on AZT. Their
insurance is paying for the treatment and
they don't know if they can afford to
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 83
Hook `em up.
We're pretty cash poor.
Ron walks towards his office, stops, turns around and throws
his car keys to Denise.
Sell my car and make sure everyone gets
what they need.
125C INT. MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT 125C
Ron pours himself some tequila and gulps it down. Pours
himself another glass. A hooker is dancing in front of him.
No music. She starts to touch him.
She goes down on him. He stops her, and leaves, throwing some
money on the floor.
126 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB HOUSE - RON'S OFFICE - DAY 126
Ron wakes up to A KNOCK on the door. Eve walks in. A long
beat. Ron doesn't even look at her.
Anemia, Cancer, Bone Marrow depletion,
Fever, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Neuropathy,
Anxiety, Dizziness, Impotence, Hearing
loss, Nervousness, Seizures... Sound like
AIDS to you? That there comes inside a
box of AZT, a list of side effects.
Rayon was a drug addict! It wasn't a day
on AZT that killed him, but the disease
as a whole!
Ron registers. Calms down a bit.
Ron, you stole my prescription pad! So
don't accuse me of acting irresponsibly!
Rayon came to the hospital on his own...
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 83A
(cutting her off)
... and got carried out in a trash bag
three days later!
He was my friend too, you know!
They both get quiet. A beat during which Eve is holding back
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 84
Let me ask you something. Let's say I
have the cure right here in my back
pocket. I could save everyone today.
Eve's expression changes.
But I don't have no funding and I don't
have no backing. Now how long is it
gonna take before the FDA approves it?
Ron crosses to the desk, produces a copy of the Lancet Medical
Journal Study he got from Dr. Vass, and hands it to her.
Read that and you tell me how wrong is
127 INT. EVE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 127
Eve walks into her house, opens a drawer, removes a hammer,
smashes it down on a nail and misses. She smashes the hammer
down again, harder, and again, and again. Her POV: lots of
holes in the wall, very far from the nail, and soon hidden by
Ron's painting of the Texas Wildflowers. She walks away
without straightening it, sits down and starts reading the
I got three thousand people who need to
get their hands on Peptide T. Now.
128 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 128
Ron paces the floor as David Wayne walks in with a big
They shut her lab down. The FDA has shut
all of our suppliers down, what can I
If I don't get it by the end of the week
I wanna file a lawsuit.
Come on, Ron, we lost the restraining
order, remember? We're in Texas. The
court system is the last resort for you.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 85
Well find a place where it's not,
Goddamnit. Go to San Francisco, get a
sissy judge, figure it out!
Ron spots a FLYER on the cardboard box and grabs it. It
reads: "DALLAS BUYERS CLUB NEWSLETTER".
129 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - PEDIATRIC WARD - DAY 129
Eve watches as young apparently healthy CHILDREN wait with
their PARENTS to complete forms. She goes up to Dr. Sevard.
What's going on?
Barrow Wilkem gave us the green light on
the AZT pediatric trials.
What? This is crazy! All these kids are
Sevard looks uneasy.
We're starting very slowly with a fifth
of a dose.
Would you give this fifth of a dose to
your own child?
Touché. Sevard holds her gaze for a moment and leaves.
130 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - PEDIATRIC WAITING AREA - DAY 130
YOUNG CHILDREN are waiting with their parents. Among them, a
girl with her mother, Francine Suskind, the woman from
Beaumont Lab whom Ron met earlier.
Eve walks in and discreetly places Dallas Buyers Club flyers
on a table, then walks off.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 86
131 INT. DRADDY AUDITORIUM - DALLAS HIGH SCHOOL - DAY 131
The room is packed. On the dais stands Richard Barkley from
the FDA. To his left and right, are representatives from the
Center for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health
and ACT-UP. They HEAR something SQUEAKING and look up:
At the back of the room, Ron enters, hooked up to an I.V. drip
on wheels that he carries along as he starts passing out
copies of his flyer.
Here you go, please read this.
RICHARD BARKLEY (O.S.)
Mr. Woodroof, will you kindly tell us
what you are doing?
Everyone turns to look at Ron.
I'm givin' people information... on this
trial I'm in, right now. I want everyone
here to know what's going on.
And what is going on?
Why was Peptide T cut off? A non-toxic
drug, that I have proof works and that
according to the National Institute of
Mental Health, is completely safe.
Mr. Woodroof, you are nothing but a
common drug dealer--
I'm a drug dealer? You're the drug
dealer. The pharmaceutical companies are
the drug dealers.
Ron grabs a bag of jelly beans out of the hands of a person in
the audience. Holds them up.
The yellow number fives, red, green and
purple dye you put in this here candy
causes seven kinds a cancer.
A SECURITY MAN approaches, Ron walks away from him.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 87
The aspartame in my diet coke, the
steroids in my meat, the hormones in my
milk, the antibiotics in the chicken.
Now that's the shit the FDA knows will
kill you. Yet you're all up there
worried that some sick people will find
somethin' without you and y'all won't get
Ron throws the bag of jelly beans to the security man who
catches it. And he leaves the room, squeaking away.
132 INT. RON'S CAR - DALLAS STREET - DAY 132
Ron is driving, singing out loud, a cappella.
Oh I'm bad, I'm nationwide!
133 INT. DALLAS MERCY HOSPITAL - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY 133
Sevard puts Ron's flyer down on the table in front of Eve who
stands in front of the medical board.
We think it is in everyone's best
interest that you resign.
Eve looks at Dr. Sevard who meets her gaze with calculated
I won't. You'll have to fire me.
She starts to leave, stops, turns around.
Y'all go fuck yourselves!
134 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 134
Ron appears from the kitchen with a beer.
We're splitting that.
Ron cracks the beer and hands her the can.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 88
That was a ballsy move!
Eve looks away. Ron opens his arms...
A nice, warm hug...
(she accepts it)
...and a day of watchin' some bull
ridin', that's what you need, doctor
She smiles and they both let go, uneasy with the closeness.
Don't you miss a regular life?
Regular? What's that? Doesn't exist.
Yeah, I guess.
I just want...
Ron looks at her.
He takes the can back.
... an ice-cold beer at Ruby's. Go
dancin' with my woman. I want kids...
thumb wrestle with my sons. I don't
know. I got one life -- mine. But I
want someone else's. I feel I'm fighting
for a life I ain't got the time to live.
Ron downs some beer.
I want it all to mean somethin'.
Eve looks at Ron, studies him.
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135 INT. EVE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 135
Eve looks at the painting of the Texas Wildflowers. For some
reason, she becomes emotional and decides to straighten it.
136 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB HOUSE - BATHROOM - EARLY MORNING 136
CLOSE ON Ron's box of meds, almost empty. By the look on his
face, Ron clearly just woke up. But there is something else.
He takes an empty bottle of Peptide T and looks at it,
confused. Hears the strange ringing again...
137 INT. RON'S CAR - DALLAS STREET - DAY 137
And that is all we hear as we see Ron driving along the street
into the middle of an intersection. Ron stops the car, puts
his hands over his ears, and walks out.
138 EXT. STREET - DALLAS - DAY 138
Ron tries to direct traffic, bear foot. People blare their
car horns. Others scream out their windows. A POLICEMAN
arrives on the scene and approaches Ron.
Tucker pulls up and sees Ron, he jumps out of his car.
I'll take care of this.
Tucker steps in. He grabs Ron's arm, makes eye contact.
Ron! You are in the middle of the
street. Do you understand what I'm
No answer from Ron.
Come on, man, let's go home.
Tucker puts a hand on Ron's shoulder and walks him towards his
139 INT. TUCKER'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY 139
A BLUE BOX rests on the table, next to Ron who stares at it,
as he's being given an injection of Peptide T by Tucker.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 90
140 INT. TUCKER'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 140
Tucker's father sits in a chair facing Ron.
Of course I remember you, trouble maker.
I still am!
They share a smile.
I'm glad you're doin' better, sir.
I'm gonna talk with Ron a minute, pop.
Tucker steps off to the side with Ron.
Listen, the FDA is gonna bust you
Ron's wheels are turning.
Thanks for the tip, Tuck.
And as Ron exits the house...
I'll be there, man, and don't you fuckin'
hit me again!
141 EXT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB HOUSE - DAY 141
A line of customers is out the door as three Dallas Police
Cars pull up. As Tucker gets out of the lead car, he is
greeted by Richard Barkley and two FDA Agents. They head
inside. That's Ron's POV...
142 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 142
...as he's watching from a window.
Eve tends to several buyers club members, I.V.s attached to
them, lying on the floor.
A NEWS TEAM films the entire thing.
Dallas Buyers Club / Green Revision / Dec 2, 2012 / P. 91
(to the reporter)
This is Fluconazole. It helps them with
Suddenly, the front door OPENS. Police are in the room, guns
No one move. Put your hands in the air.
The news camera keeps rolling.
Ron steps up through the crowd.
I have a warrant for your arrest, a
search warrant for the premises, and a
court order to cease and desist business
And with that, Ron allows Tucker to handcuff him. And as he
does, the Customers "Boo" and "Hiss" loudly, all caught on by
the News Crew.
Turn off that camera. Now!
But the Camera Man doesn't stop filming.
Please instruct the rest of these people
to leave, now.
I ain't no cop. Why'nt you tell 'em?
Tucker escorts Ron outside.
143 EXT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB HOUSE - DAY 143
The News Crew continues to film as Ron is led out past the
waiting Customers, talking to the reporter.
It's the bust of the century! Don't they
look like hardened criminals?!
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An ambulance pulls up. MEN wearing MASKS and GLOVES begin to
escort people off. Barkley and his Agents watch the circus
from the sidewalk. Ron is put in the Squad Car by Tucker.
144 INT. DALLAS POLICE STATION - HOLDING ROOM - DAY 144
David Wayne enters and throws a NEWSPAPER on the table in
front of Ron.
Deadly drugs? What the fuck?
They wrote the FDA's story.
I can't believe it. I tipped those
Don't worry. I got good news. I got you
a change of venue for the Peptide T trial
in San Francisco. And no surprise,
they're not pressing charges.
Then what the fuck am I doin' here?
They're trying to break you, I don't
know. Let's get out of here.
They'll never break me.
145 EXT. COURTHOUSE - SAN FRANCISCO 145
We see Ron's reflection in the window of a cab that moves out
of the way as Ron starts walking towards the Courthouse,
helped by David Wayne who holds his arm.
A SUPER fades in.
U.S. District Court Northern District of California
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146 INT. COURTROOM - SAN FRANCISCO 146
Ron, dressed in a conservative suit, is looking extremely ill.
Next to him is David Wayne and two other younger ATTORNEYS.
On the opposing side are FDA representatives including Richard
Barkley and others who we haven't ever seen before. They have
a team of four attorneys.
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 chose your own
medical care but that is interpreted as
medical care that is approved by the Food
and Drug Administration.
The Judge looks over to the FDA table.
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. The
FDA was formed to protect people, not
prevent them from getting help.
The Judge sighs.
The law does not seem to make much common
sense. If a person has been found to be
terminally ill they ought to be able to
take just about any drug they feel will
help... but that is not the law. Mr.
Woodroof, there is not a person in this
courtroom who is not moved to compassion
by your plight, what is lacking here is
the legal authority to intervene. I'm
sorry. This case is hereby dismissed.
The Judge bangs the gavel.
David Wayne raises in frustration. Ron closes his eyes,
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147 INT. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 147
Ron, still looking sick, opens the door and is startled by a
crowd of people clapping and cheering.
Jesus Mother Mary Fucking Christ!
Among the crowd, Ron spots Eve and David Wayne with a smile of
victory on their faces. Ron doesn't understand. They walk to
him and show him a paper with the FDA logo on it.
Following the trial, the FDA in Washington allowed Ron to get
Peptide T for his own personal use.
And as the cheering and clapping grow bigger, we cut to:
148 EXT. RODEO - DAY 148
Ron, 20 pounds heavier, looking healthier, is sitting atop the
railing above the stall looking down at the bull. He's got on
gloves, hat, pants, and boots, ready to ride. He removes a
flask from his pocket and takes a long swig. The BULLHAND and
Ron exchange a look. Ron nods, takes a deep breath, swings
his legs over the railing, straddles the stall, stays above
the animal. The moment Ron's ass hits the leather, the gate
is up, the bull is out, and the crowd whoops it up.
Rodeo contestant number "43" Ron Woodroof rides the bull, his
hands, legs and heels all working together. His "off" hand is
held out above him, cutting the air for balance.
The bull makes an abrupt change of direction, catches Ron off
guard and just when it seems that he's about to be thrown in
the air, we hear Eve screaming her guts out as the image
freezes on a PERFECT FRAME on this cowboy in action to control
The crowd's CHEERS are echoing in the distance, blended with
the soft strange ring that we know, that only Ron could hear.
And as we zoom in on the image:
FADE TO BLACK.
Ronald Woodroof died on September 12, 1992, seven years after he
was diagnosed with the HIV virus. He managed to stay alive
using unapproved drugs and was memorialized by 1000 gay men in
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Fluconazole and Alpha Interferon are now FDA approved.
DDC was approved in 1992 but is no longer used due to its
highly toxic effects.
Peptide T remains unapproved but still in studies for
neurological diseases, like Alzheimer.
Today, it is had been scientifically proven that HIV is the
cause of AIDS. Based on this knowledge, great strides have
been made in treating this infection with anti-HIV medications
but a cure has yet to be discovered.
The first studies with AZT as a single drug (monotherapy)
while showing initial good results did not ultimately prove to
be a long term solution for HIV treatment.
By 1996, medical researchers learned that HIV is best treated
with a combination cocktail of at least three HIV medications.
AZT was frequently used as a part of these early combination
therapies. Today, AZT has been largely replaced by safer, new
HIV medications. *