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Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood 

A look at "Gonzo journalist", Hunter S. Thompson with his collaborator, British illustrator, Ralph Steadman.


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Himself (as Dr. Hunter S. Thompson)
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A look at "Gonzo journalist", Hunter S. Thompson with his collaborator, British illustrator, Ralph Steadman.

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2 November 1978 (UK)  »

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This documentary is featured on second disc of the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) DVD released in 2003 by the Criterion Collection. See more »


In the narration, it is stated that Dr. Thompson was a former Hell's Angel. This is incorrect. Although he rode with the Angels for about a year, it was in the spirit of research for a book he was writing about them. Thompson even went so far as to buy a British motorcycle (as opposed to the Angels' trademark Harley Davidsons) to set himself apart from the gang. See more »


Himself: Probably my life will be easier, and yours too, if I smoke a joint.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, Thompson's vision of having his ashes shot in the air and blown up come true, but as a cartoon. See more »

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Intermediate Madness
21 March 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I suppose if you want to understand who you are, the bits you borrowed in assembling yourself, you won't escape the seventies which repackaged and invented myths of the sixties as nibbles of insight.

One of the worst commercializers of those societal yearnings was "Rolling Stone" which among its rock celebrity fawning gave us gonzo.

Its a rather embarrassing notion, actually, one that has in modern time made the blog possible. The idea is to reflect the journalist and what he (always he) sees equally. And to make it entertaining, you have to twist both away from the norm.

Ted's law applies. The difference in weirdness between us and the guy telling us the story is equal to the difference between him and the story. By his acting out, the bizarre nature of the story is made real. I call this folding.

And in the 70's we were prepared to believe that some stories were imperially bizarre. Nixon, the war, drugs, motorcycle gangs...

So along came this man of thin talent and great command of the self-promoting niche that the so-called counterculture afforded him.

This sort of documentary or profile is pretty good in an unplanned way. You get to see this fellow pretending to be insightful by being outrageous in all the performance modes available to him and his cartoonist buddy.

The odd thing is that while it is transparent -- this guy is as much a nitwit as your average rightwing radio nut -- it is also amazingly effective. (Well, also like the radio nuts.) We will remember Nixon, for instance, more through the eyes of this guy and similar than by either the president's men or those who seriously wrote about them.

That aside, if you cheer a similar twist in film-making, you may be rooting for the immensely flawed and gifted Terry Gilliam. If so, his only successful film is based on Thompson. See this and that together.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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