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Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

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Storyline

The deranged adventures of Gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson and his attorney Oscar Acosta, referred to in the movie as "Laslow". Thompson attempts to cover the Super Bowl and the 1972 Presidential election in his typical drug-crazed state, but is continually and comically sidetracked by his even more twisted friend Laslow. Allegedly based on actual events. Written by John Rumpelein <usviking@imageek.york.cuny.edu>

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BILL MURRAY in the strangest comedy of the year! See more »

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Biography | Comedy

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25 April 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blast - Wo die Büffel röhren  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,750,593 (USA) (27 April 1980)

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$6,659,377 (USA)
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Trivia

The dwarf in the hotel scene, Briggs, (played by Jerry Maren) is the same dwarf in the Beverly Heights Hotel lounge scene in the later Hunter S. Thompson movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) that brings Duke the phone. See more »

Goofs

In 1972 Super Bowl VI was played in New Orleans at Tulane Stadium, not in Los Angeles, as depicted in the film. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: Besides, I just got here and I haven't...
Marty Lewis: Wait! What do you mean you just got there?
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: Yeah. Right. Minutes ago.
Marty Lewis: You left on Tuesday. Today's Saturday.
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: That happened to you, too? That's weird. The same mix-up happened to me this morning!
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Connections

Referenced in Miami Vice: Made for Each Other (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

"Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Bill Murray
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Not for the casual Fear and Loathing Fan
2 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I finally watched this movie after watching Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas about 50 times and reading almost all of Hunter S. Thompson's books. I have to say that while I enjoyed the movie, most people won't. Unless you have a pretty thorough knowledge of HST's work, it won't make much sense, and its comedic value will not be enough to make it worthwhile. However, if you have read FNL on The Campaign Trail and Strange Rumblings in Azatlan, then the movie will probably be of interest to you. One area where this film is far superior to FNL in Las Vegas is in its depiction of Oscar Zeta Acosta, the attorney who is the basis for Carl Lazlo here and Dr. Gonzo in FNL. Acosta was actually a prominent civil rights attorney in the 60's and 70's, especially in the Chicano community in Southern California. He also was a notoriously hard partier by most accounts. This movie does a much better job of capturing his odd duality than FNL does, and Peter Boyle is quite sharp in the role - interesting to watch for those of you who only know him as the father on Raymond.


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