Where the Buffalo Roam

Where the Buffalo Roam

Art Linson (1980)

94min
bbfc_rating|ages_18_and_over Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Through the eyes of the pioneer of "gonzo journalism", Hunter S Thompson, we see various facets of US political life in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Bill Murray stars as Thompson while Peter Boyle plays his outrageous legal acquaintance, Lazlo. This movie was "based on the twisted legend of Hunter S Thompson" according to its title sequence - though its essential sources are Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. It was panned on release in the US but it's actually an interesting and savage little piece - accompanied by tracks from Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young and The Temptations - which deserved better. A perfect companion piece to Terry Gilliam's gonzo-inspired oddity Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas which starred Johnny Depp as the drug-fuelled Doctor.

Summary

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, the legendary underground reporter whose passion for writing was second only to his love of weird chemicals, alcohol, violence and insanity. Along with best friend (Peter Boyle), Murray offers a manic look back at the Sixties and Seventies as an eyewitness to everything from a San Francisco drug trial to a bathroom interview with then Presidential candidate Richard Nixon.

Cast & Crew

Lazlo Peter Boyle
Dr Hunter S Thompson Bill Murray
Marty Lewis Bruno Kirby
Harris René Auberjonois
Judge Simpson R G Armstrong
Porter Danny Goldman
Rojas Rafael Campos
Desk clerk Leonard Frey
Director Art Linson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray