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Zero Patience (1993)

An immortal, bigoted, unethical taxidermist is doing research on "Patient Zero", the gay flight attendant who allegedly was the first to bring AIDS to North America, for a museum show about contagious diseases, helped by the man's ghost.

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John Greyson

Writer:

John Greyson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Robinson John Robinson ... Sir Richard Burton
Normand Fauteux Normand Fauteux ... Zero
Dianne Heatherington Dianne Heatherington ... Mary
Richardo Keens-Douglas Richardo Keens-Douglas ... George
Bernard Behrens ... Dr. Placebo
Charlotte Boisjoli ... Maman
Brenda Kamino ... Dr. Cheng
Michael Callen Michael Callen ... Miss HIV
Marla Lukofsky ... African Green Monkey
Von Flores ... Ray
Scott Hurst Scott Hurst ... Michael
Duncan McIntosh Duncan McIntosh ... Ross
Cassel Miles Cassel Miles ... Barry
Benjamin Plener ... Ted
Ann Medina Ann Medina
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Storyline

The ghost of Zero - "patient zero", who allegedly first brought aids to Canada - materialises and tries to contact old friends. Meanwhile, the Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton, who drank from the Fountain of Youth and now works as Chief Taxidermist at the Toronto Natural history Museum, is trying to organise an Aids Exhibition ... Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Musical

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 August 1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Paciente Zero See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$217,300

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$217,300
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Excellent, witty, silly, serious, goofy, and...Canadian. Eh?
23 March 2005 | by dave_panepintoSee all my reviews

I was introduced to this film (yes, FILM) by a professor of film at Texas A&M University. I know, most would think that those two clash: a queer film at one of the most conservative "schools" in the country, but she's a lesbian.

The music still entertains me, and "Just Like Scheherazade" is such a touching song.

As a gay man with AIDS, this film is radical, emphatically hilarious and exudes the attitude that those with this disease need to embrace. Don't sit around waiting to die...laugh at yourself. And make a musical!

Anywho. Word is that "Zero Patience" will FINALLY be released in the U.S. on May 31, 2005! It will have two music tracks and a bonus music video.

VideoETA informed me that it would be May 17, but both TLA Video and Amazon claim the 31st. Either way, it's coming, and about time, too!


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