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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson -- Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney presents a probing look into the uncanny life of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson - inventor of gonzo journalism and author of the landmark "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."
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Writers (WGA):
Alex Gibney (screenplay)
Hunter S. Thompson (writings)
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19 December 2008 (Ireland) See more »
A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Hunter S. Thompson ... Himself (archive footage)

Johnny Depp ... Himself - Narrator
Joe Cairo ... New York Studio Shoot
David Carlo ... New York Studio Shoot
Victor Ortiz ... New York Studio Shoot
Gilleon Smith ... New York Studio Shoot

Alex Ziwak ... New York Studio Shoot
Melissa Otero ... New York Studio Shoot - Typist
Pierre Adeli ... Taco Stand Shoot
Angela Berliner ... Taco Stand Shoot

Eugenia Care ... Taco Stand Shoot

Brian Kimmet ... Taco Stand Shoot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Acosta ... Himself (archive footage)

Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Sonny Barger ... Himself (also archive footage)

Warren Beatty ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Braudis ... Himself

Douglas Brinkley ... Himself
Pat Buchanan ... Himself

Jimmy Buffett ... Himself (also archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (as George Bush)
Patrick Caddell ... Himself (as Pat Caddell)

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (also archive footage)
Tim Crouse ... Himself (also archive footage)
Richard J. Daley ... Himself - 1968 Convention (archive footage) (as Mayor Daley)
Thomas Eagleton ... Himself (archive footage)

Gary Hart ... Himself (also archive footage)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself (archive footage) (as Hubert Humphrey)
Jefferson Airplane ... Themselves (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (as Robert Kennedy)
Ted Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Timothy Leary ... Himself (archive footage)

Annie Leibovitz ... Herself (archive footage)
Frank Mankiewicz ... Himself (archive footage)

George McGovern ... Himself (also archive footage)
Edmund Muskie ... Himself (archive footage)
Laila Nabulsi ... Herself

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Perry ... Himself
Grace Slick ... Herself (archive footage)

Ralph Steadman ... Himself (also archive footage)
George Stranahan ... Himself
Anita Thompson ... Herself
Juan Thompson ... Himself (also archive footage)
George Wallace ... Himself - Assassination Attempt (archive footage)

Jann Wenner ... Himself (also archive footage)

Tom Wolfe ... Himself
Sondi Wright ... Herself
Nick Berg ... Himself - Murder Video (archive footage) (uncredited)
Carl Bernstein ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Osama bin Laden ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Eisenhower ... Himself - 1972 Convention (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jane Fonda ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Kerry ... Himself - Thompson Memorial Attendee (archive footage) (uncredited)

Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Manson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bill Murray ... Himself - Thompson Memorial Attendee (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julie Nixon ... Herself - 1972 Convention (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pat Nixon ... Herself - 1972 Convention (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tricia Nixon ... Herself - 1972 Convention (archive footage) (uncredited)

Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bob Woodward ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Alex Gibney 
Writing credits
Alex Gibney (screenplay)

Hunter S. Thompson (writings)

Produced by
Roy Ackerman .... co-executive producer
Graydon Carter .... producer
Lisa Cohen .... producer: imaging
Mark Cuban .... executive producer
Salimah El-Amin .... associate producer
Salimah El-Amin .... producer: archival research
Alison Ellwood .... producer
Don Fleming .... producer: archival research
Nick Fraser .... co-executive producer
Jannat Gargi .... producer: imaging
Alex Gibney .... producer
Alexandra Johnes .... production executive
Jason Kliot .... producer
Eva Orner .... producer
Joana Vicente .... producer
Stephen Vittoria .... producer: San Francisco
Todd Wagner .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Schwartz 
Cinematography by
Maryse Alberti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alison Ellwood 
Production Management
Jenna Capozzi .... production manager: taco stand shoot
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Gretchen McGowan .... head of production: HDNet Films
Art Department
Michael Ahern .... leadman: New York (as Mike Ahern)
Joe Cairo .... art director: New York
Amanda Ford .... production designer: New York
Gina Freedman .... set dresser: New York
Sound Department
Felix Andrew .... sound mixer
Travis Call .... audio post coordinator
Gautam Choudhury .... sound
Margaret Crimmins .... sound designer
Bradley Dunn .... sound
David Hocs .... sound
Michael Isabell .... sound
Mike Karas .... sound
Benjamin Lowry .... sound
Kevin Padden .... sound
Greg Smith .... sound designer
Tami Stepanek .... sound (as Tamara Stepanek)
David Terry .... sound mixer (some interviews)
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
Kieron Wolfson .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Sam Black .... photoshop artist
Mark A. Brown .... digital film services (as Marc Brown)
Nadia Husain .... visual effects artist
Lindy Jankura .... photoshop artist
Camille Maren .... photoshop artist
Eric Epstein .... motion graphics artist: Bigstar (uncredited)
Mark Dobson .... stunt double: Hunter S. Thompson
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Andracke .... additional cinematographer
Ben Bloodwell .... additional cinematographer
Ben Bloodwell .... assistant camera
Christine Burrill .... additional cinematographer
Michael Chin .... additional cinematographer
Luis Colon .... grip: New York
Steve Condiotti .... gaffer: San Francisco
Wayne Ewing .... additional cinematographer
Gary Gill .... gaffer: San Francisco
Garth Gunberg .... gaffer: New York (as Garth A. Gunberg)
Don Lenzer .... additional cinematographer
Ed Lindsley .... assistant camera
Steven Lubensky .... assistant camera (as Steve Lubensky)
Antonio Rossi .... additional cinematographer (as Tony Rossi)
Alan Smith .... gaffer: New York
George Steel .... additional cinematographer
Petr Stepanek .... assistant camera
Keenan Wyatt .... additional cinematographer
Tom Young .... additional cinematographer
Tom Young .... additional cinematographer
Editorial Department
Joey Borges .... additional on-line editor
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
Shannon Hall .... digital intermediate producer (as Shannon K. Hall)
Lindy Jankura .... associate editor
Pat Kelleher .... additional on-line editor
Benjamin Murray .... conforming HD editor
Mike Nuget .... additional on-line editor: HD
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
Bill Scott .... senior color timer
Eric Ramistella .... additional on-line editor: HD (uncredited)
Music Department
John McCullough .... music supervisor
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music editor (as Jason Newman)
Jason Ryterband .... music editor
Jason Ryterband .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Darth Cater .... driver: camper, San Francisco
Jeff Culgan .... provider: BSA Motorcycle, New York
Larry Dixon .... driver: camper, San Francisco
Mark Dobson .... driver
Ken Fleisch .... driver: insert car, San Francisco
Barry Porter .... provider: BSA Motorcycle, San Francisco
Other crew
Nathan Adams .... technical consultant
Laird Adamson .... international sales: HDNet Films
Courtney Andrialis .... creative executive: HDNet Films
Sam Black .... archival research coordinator
Sam Black .... production assistant
Jack Carr .... intern
Ryan Cook .... intern
Richard Dworkin .... transcriber
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... production counsel: Sloss Law (as Jackie Eckhouse)
Jess Fulton .... production assistant
Sean P. Galvin .... intern (as Sean Galvin)
Alexandra Geregova .... intern
Nick Gibney .... production assistant
Garren Givens .... intern
Lisa Gray .... intern
Sarah Hack .... assistant: M. Kliot & Ms. Vicente, HDNet Films
Carrie Hoffman .... intern
Steve Holmgren .... office manager: HDNet Films
Charlie Hoxie .... archival research coordinator
Nick Johnson .... production assistant
Matt Jordan .... office manager: HDNet Films
Barbara Karen .... production accountant
Charlotte Kaufman .... intern
Patrick Kelly .... production coordinator: San Francisco
Christian Kennedy .... production coordinator: taco stand shoot
Kathleen Lingo .... intern
Quentin Little .... development executive: HDNey Films
Christopher Matson .... head of business affairs: HDNet Films (as Chris Matson)
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Noel Davis Poyner .... intern (as Noel Poyner)
Matthew Rasmussen .... assistant: J. Kliot and J. Vicente.HDNet Films
Amanda Ritchie .... intern
Peter Russotti .... production coordinator
Marcia Rutledge .... production insurance: Marsh Entertainment Insurance
Ben Sozanski .... archival research coordinator
Ben Sozanski .... production assistant
Robert Stein .... legal counsel: Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn
Julie Thiery .... assistant: production and post executives, HDNet Films
Rebecca Wexler .... intern
Crystal Whelan .... production coordinator
Chris White .... assistant: production and post executives, HDNet Films
David Williams .... location: taco stand shoot (as Dave Williams)
Virginia A. Williams .... production executive: HDNet Films
Jessica Berman Bogdan .... thanks
Francisca Brandmark .... thanks
Douglas Brinkley .... special thanks
Anna Carter .... thanks
Fritz Clapp .... thanks
Steve Crist .... thanks
Christi Dembrowski .... special thanks
Wayne Ewing .... special thanks
Leon Gast .... thanks
Hal Haddon .... thanks
Stephanie Howard .... thanks
David Linde .... special thanks
David Meyer .... thanks
Val Moraes .... thanks
Laila Nabulsi .... special thanks
Ann A. Neal .... thanks
Jeff Scheftel .... thanks
Corey Seymour .... thanks
Ralph Steadman .... special thanks
Mel Stuart .... thanks
Anita Thompson .... special thanks
Juan Thompson .... special thanks
George Tobia Jr. .... special thanks (as George Tobia)
Hal Willner .... thanks
Sondi Wright .... thanks
Keenan Wyatt .... special thanks

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Post-Counter Culture Portrait of a Counter Culture Icon, 6 October 2008
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

In the sphere of all the memoirs collected in this post-counter culture portrait of a counter culture icon, narrated by Johnny Depp who played him to some extent in Terry Gilliam's film version of Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, there was one issue I found noticeably absent: The reality of the unhappiness and suffering of this comic book character of a painfully vague crustacean. The film finds remarkable approach to the people involved in his life, but not even from his two wives do we get a picture of what he was like the inevitable physiological drawbacks caught up with him. He was plainly, intensely addicted to drugs and alcohol, and after a trance-like sleep not much different than passing out at the right time, he would have awakened in a mess of depression and alienation. What did he say on those mornings and afternoons? How did he act?

Of course, it is said during the film that he would drink all day or take drugs and there was no discernible effect. I don't think I buy that. What if it was a front? The main thing is, he wasn't killed by day-to-day simultaneous intakes of alcohol and pills, which can really tear up your head, which are said to cause a likelihood of seizures. He was killed by himself, which he himself scripted and all of his friends totally assumed would happen. He took every reckless risk there was to take, and he, not time or drugs or people, ended it all because his own agenda was dried out. As a journalist, for instance, he reported that at some point in a presidential primary Edward Muskie consumed Ibogaine, a psychoactive drug given out by a "mysterious Brazilian doctor," information which was entirely fictitious yet was actually learned and passed along as truth. Thompson's stunt may have been part of the cause of Muskie's furious irritability throughout the 1972 Florida primary. No other journalist could have carried such a fib, but Thompson was fortified by his myth that he could publish anything.

He was an unpredictable, nearly spellbinding writer, with a savage hilarity in his style. He was never aware of impartiality. In 1972 he backed George McGovern as the Democratic nominee, and no slander was too degraded for him to attach to McGovern's rivals in either party.

This documentary by Alex Gibney is notable, to begin with, for recapitulating to us through how many fires Thompson ran of his very own volition. He rode with the Hells' Angels for a year. Ran for sheriff and lost, but came in very close. Covered the 1972 and 1976 presidential primaries, and had an inexplicable personality, so that for instance McGovern, Tom Wolfe and his wives and son think of him lovingly, but also as enormously cruel and spiteful.

Nobody in the film was around while he was doing things that initially fortified him within the sphere of legend. He became celebrated for writing about that edge of speed going around a bend which you could never pass without killing yourself. He rode loads of edges on his motorcycle, and never got killed. He said persistently that the way he chose to go was by doing the job himself, with a gun, before his success declined. He died that way, using one of his 22 firearms, but he had most definitely declined by that time.

Without doubt he made an impact on his generation like not many other journalists ever have. This documentary is all you could wish for about the man's career and involvement with different people, but there is something at his core that we are inhibited from fully understanding for sure. And it results in you speculating on how so many people liked him when he didn't even seem to have liked himself?

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