Omnibus: Season 12, Episode 8

Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood (2 Nov. 1978)

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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 »

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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 »

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Hunter S. Thompson: Right now I think its in my interest and ours perhaps and maybe in the interest of the greater good for me to smoke a joint and calm down.
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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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not just a rare glimpse of the good Doctor and Steadman, but also a well made quasi-doc
5 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It would be enough for an avid fan to an admirer of (the late) Dr. Hunter S. Thomspon to watch this documentary (if you get the Fear & Loathin in Las Vegas DVD it's a given) to see inside his mind and manners first hand, if you haven't before. The film follows him from his Owl Ranch in Aspen (with even rarer glimpses of his wife and only child) to Las Vegas, and then to Hollywood to meet with screenwriters about the film Where the Buffalo Roam, not to mention hilarious political satire with two of the 'Murrays (Bill and Brian). But that the film is also fairly well made and experimental (in the good, sturdy 'Gonzo' tradition) is a nice bonus; the filmmakers edit together their footage of Thompson and Steadman on the road, and then into Hollywood (he also meets with John Dean, of all people, and its a fascinating interview by the way), with real clips of Nixon and audio clips of the 'Las Vegas' book. It's all like a great wash of Thompson-mania, with the BBC not getting in the way much at all (aside from being a buffer) with Thomson's brilliance and madness. But its the little points that also make the doc worthwhile; the way he treats his bird on Owl Farm; the attitudes he has as he and Steadman drive from Vegas to Hollywood (funny, but also nerve-wracking in the best possible way); Thompson's true little moments in interviews. Throughout the doc, the interviewers try to find the 'real' Doctor, but if you can't find it in his works, then you're likely to find it here. But in the end, Thompson is very real in front of the cameras (which he has a mild curious nature with), giving his thoughts on his feelings of politics (Nixon chiefly), drugs, his own career, and his own persona. At the least it should serve as a fine little look into the man on film (albeit with some chemicals in him during it). At the most for the fans, simply put, it's priceless.


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