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In mid-1980s Texas, electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Though told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof refuses to give in to despair. He seeks out alternative therapies and smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. from wherever he can find them. Woodroof joins forces with a fellow AIDS patient (Jared Leto) and begins selling the treatments to the growing number of people who can't wait for the medical establishment to save them.

1 EXT. RODEO STADIUM - DALLAS - TEXAS - DAY 1

Ambient sounds of the CROWD, RODEO, SEX, and a strangeRINGING 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, denimclad, worn snakeskin boots, dusty, cowboy hat, mirroredaviators, is engaged in wild SEX with a WOMAN. He watches the

rodeo through open slats in a BULL STALL as the STEER throwsthe 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, butwe can't hear him, only this strange RINGING.

RODEO CLOWNS grab the Cowboy's limp body and drag him out ofthe ring.

Ron catches his breath; something is off.

RON (V.O.)

Did ya hear Rock Hudson was a cocksucker?

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.

CLINT (V.O.)

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.

RON:

It’s called a newspaper.

it?

You heard of

Ron smiles, adjusts his cowboy hat as he records some bets.

Nearby, BULL FIGHTERS are putting on their clown makeup.

RON:

What a waste. All that fine Hollywoodpussy on a guy who smokes his friends.

A HAND comes down through the slats holding a ten dollar bill.

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Craig Borten

Craig Borten is an American screenwriter. Borten was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club. more…

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