Pushing Dead

Synopsis: When a struggling writer, HIV positive for 20+ years, accidentally deposits a $100 birthday check, he is dropped from his health plan for earning too much. In this new era of sort-of ...
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Tom E. Brown
  12 wins & 3 nominations.
110 min




- [Man] Ugh!

Holy fucking shit, this hurts!

- Hang in there, Danny!

- Oh. Ah!

- Dan?

- Danny?

- Yeah?

- I'm sorry about the time

I hit you in the face

with that big rock

down by the river.

and when I told your

mother about--

- Careful up there!


- And I'm sorry for

everything I ever said or did

that I should feel

sorry for. I'm sorry!

I love you, Danny!

I'm not dying back here, okay?

It just feels like I am.

(chuckles painfully)

I just wanted to get a

few things off my chest

Why do you always have

to question my motives?


- I think that was a stop sign.


- We are two blocks

from the hospital.

- Just hang in there, Danny!

- Aargh!



- (grunts, sniffs)

- [Woman] My God,

you sound awful!

- Hey mom.

- What'cha doin' honey?

- I'm not, uh...

I'm not really doing anything.

- Oh I won't keep you.

Sounds like I woke you up.

- (yawning) No no, no.

You didn't wake me,

it's just, uh...

one of these new

pills I'm taking.

It makes me a little groggy.

- A new pill?

What does it do?

- Uh, I don't,

I don't remember, exactly.

- Did you get my card?

- Last night I got it.

(sniffs) Let's see here.

- Oh my God.

Look at that thing on TV.

- (sighs)

Thank you, mom. That's very,

- that's very sweet.

- You're welcome.

- Are you sure you

can afford it?

- Do something fun with it.

- Oh I will.

I promise.






- [Dan] AIDS used to be

a big deal in America:

Marches, red ribbons,

media coverage.

Those were the fuckin' days.

Now it's just another boring

life threatening illness.

It's about as exciting

as having...


One thing that hasn't

changed for me,

it's still really hard to

be open about it.

Even in San Francisco.

Revealing HIV status

is an energy suck, so

I've successfully avoided

the dating scene.

The problem is,

I feel this need

to find someone

before I get sick.

I know that's fucked up.

- Hey, Danny, Danny.

- Hello.

- Aw, man.

- There's coffee. It's fresh.

- No thanks.

I want something to eat.




That's really gross!

You want to go out?

Get something to eat?

- I can't eat,

I just took my meds.

What, are you trying

to get rid of me?

- Oh yeah.

- Besides, (sighs)

I need to get some

writing done today.

- I will write today.

I will write today.

- You planning to eat this?

- Of course I'm gonna eat that.


you can have

the head.




- [Man] Dot?

Hey, Dot?

(grumbles) Jesus,

Mary, and Joseph.

- I'm trying to find that

big jug full of that stuff.

- It's where it always is,

aisle three.


- You love swiss cheese.


We should try these!

They're swiss flavor.

- Yeah.

We don't need 'em.


- Mr. Shwa-bell?

- Pretty close, actually.


- That'll be $2,841

and 12 cents.

I guess it's a good thing

I have insurance, huh?



- There appears to be a

problem with your coverage.

That's very strange. I've never

had a problem with it before.

- It would have been $5,682

but the government

kicked in part...

I don't know.

They installed a new system and

everything's all weird.

The background's green,

the text is yellow.

This is really hard to read.

We ran it through twice

but it didn't work.

Hold on.



American Medical Advantage.

Please enter the

client's ID number.


Please hold while we

access the information.

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