7.8/10
90
1 user 7 critic

Pushing Dead (2016)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
11 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Gravy (2015)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

It's All Hallow's Eve. A trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements seizes a Mexican cantina and force the staff to engage in a late night of gaming, food and libations. The only caveat is what's on the menu.

Director: James Roday
Stars: Michael Weston, Jimmi Simpson, Sutton Foster
Christmas Eve (2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Hilarity, romance, and transcendence prevail after a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve.

Director: Mitch Davis
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jon Heder, James Roday
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

John Groberg, a farm kid from Idaho Falls, crosses an ocean to become a missionary in the remote and exotic Tongan islands during the 1950s.

Director: Mitch Davis
Stars: Christopher Gorham, Anne Hathaway, Joe Folau
Director: Rhys Wakefield
Stars: Jack Falahee, James Roday, Nick Cannon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Theo and Hugo are two young gay men who meet one night during a gay orgy at an underground sex club in Paris, France. After building a special connection, they meet outside the club where ... See full summary »

Directors: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
Stars: Geoffrey Couët, François Nambot, Mario Fanfani
Out of Iraq (2016)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 2004, Ramadi was the most dangerous place on earth and the last place anyone would expect to find love. But that's what happened between an Iraqi translator working for the U.S. and an Iraqi soldier.

Directors: Chris McKim, Eva Orner
Stars: Btoo Allami, Michael Failla, Nayyef Hrebid
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

Director: Francis Lee
Stars: Josh O'Connor, Gemma Jones, Harry Lister Smith
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN celebrates one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to re-claim their lives.

Director: Jennifer M. Kroot
Stars: Armistead Maupin, Olympia Dukakis, Neil Gaiman
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago takes care of her sweet and TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling.

Director: Jennifer Reeder
Stars: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When a language dies, a unique vision of the world is lost forever.

Director: Ernesto Contreras
Stars: Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, José Manuel Poncelis, Eligio Meléndez
Nerd Herd (TV Movie 2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

A couple faces unexpected parenting challenges when the father becomes a stay-at-home dad decides to home school their kids.

Director: Jamie Travis
Stars: Melanie Griffith, James Roday, Majandra Delfino
Good Session (TV Movie 2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

A couple sort our their issues with a therapist.

Director: John Hamburg
Stars: Danielle Nicolet, Leslie Grossman, James Roday
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Paula
...
Bob
...
Dot
...
Jerry McDaniel ...
Gregory / Lisa
...
Kimberly
...
Dan's Mother (voice)
Damon Kirsche ...
Kevin
Mark Truitt ...
Jim 'The Ranger'
...
Mugger
Felix Justice ...
Donnie
Bob Greene ...
Doctor Denney
Diana C. Weng ...
Doctor
Kashka Banjoko ...
Body Oil Salesman
Edit

Storyline

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 universal care, can he take on a helpless bureaucracy or come up with $3000 a month to buy meds on his own?

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 November 2017 (Germany)  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Powerful film about being down and out and HIV positive
16 October 2016 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Pushing Dead (2016) was written and directed by Tom E. Brown. Believe it or not, this is a funny film about a not-funny situation. Dan (James Roday) has been HIV positive for over 20 years. His life is attuned to the beeping of his wristwatch. He takes his HIV medication ritually, because he needs to take the right meds at the right time to stay healthy.

Suddenly, his supply of medications is interrupted, and he may be forced to go without meds for three weeks. Going without HIV medication isn't the same as going without medication for high blood pressure or high cholesterol. It could be the tipping point at which HIV-positive status turns into AIDS.

How Dan copes with that serious situation, and also how he goes on with his daily life, constitute the plot of the movie. Roday is an excellent actor, and you believe that this is a true life crisis.

Three great supporting actors help the movie succeed: Robin Weigert as Dan's roommate, Paula; Danny Glover as his boss, Bob; and Khandi Alexander as Bob's wife, Dot. I was surprised to see Danny Glover as a supporting actor in a small, independent film. My guess is that he liked the role, and wanted to remind us of what a truly great actor he is.

We saw this film at the excellent Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum, as part of the wonderful ImageOut Rochester LGBT Film Festival. It will also work well on the small screen.

Pushing Dead is one of 22 films that had their New York State premiere, or their East Çoast premiere at ImageOut. My compliments to the ImageOut Programming Committee for their great success in bringing these films to Rochester.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page