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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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  (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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Rated R for drug and sexual content, language and some nudity
120 min
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Factual errors: When the film mentions that Hunter Thompson had a crush on Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick, archival footage instead shows the Airplane's first female singer, Signe Anderson.See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Gonzo The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson...Buy the ticket, take the ride., 17 November 2009
Author: julian kennedy from Clearwater Fl

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: 6 out of 10: Is Hunter S Thompson any more relevant to modern journalism than Joe Namath is to modern football? After all, both were men of their times. In addition, both faded badly by the mid-seventies. Thompson's early work is excellent (a copy of "The Proud Highway" sits on my bookshelf) and reached its pinnacle with Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72.

A mere three years later Rolling Stone publisher Jenn Warner had become so fed up with Thompson he basically tried to have him killed.

As puts it "Then, early one evening in March 1975, Hunter was watching a nightmarish film of the evacuation of Da Nang on the evening news. The phone rang, and Hunter picked it up. It was Wenner, saying, "How would you like to go to Vietnam?" Hunter could not resist. The collapse of the American empire was a happening tailor-made for his talents. Within days, he was heading out over the Pacific. He arrived in Saigon hours after Thieu's palace had been bombed and staffed by his own Air Force. For a man who lived with the conviction that the world was going to end next Monday, this was an especially ominous portent. Thompson had the sense of "walking into a death camp." This was it. He would never get out alive. As it turned out, the fate that was in store for him was even worse. Thompson discovered that, even as he was on his way to Vietnam, Wenner had taken him off retainer - in effect, fired him - and with the retainer went his staff benefits, including health and life insurance." Also leaving him no way out of Vietnam... a one-way ticket if you will.

Dude that is cold...

And that is the very nature of the problem with this documentary. Why is not this story mentioned? Who knows? It certainly was a turning point in Thompsons life (He apparently became more withdrawn and paranoid afterwards... understandably so) Gonzo is a pollyanna look at Thompson. The abuse of his first marriage gets a glancing look and all the interviewees (Including Jimmy Carter, Pat Buchanan and Jenn Werner) seem hesitant to speak ill of the dead.

The fact that in a few short years Thompson turned from a well-respected writer into a Muppet and Doonesbury cartoon is not covered well. The fact is mentioned but the reasons are glossed over. It is as if the film is worried that by mentioning his failures it will reduce his significance.

Yet, I would argue that Thompson's effect on Journalism is larger than he gets credit for. Reporters nowadays often ignore facts, concentrating instead on how events make them feel. Anderson Cooper crying during the Hurricane Katrina coverage threatened to become a bigger story than the storm itself. (He was not helped when fellow Mensa candidate Wolf Blitzer said "You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals…many of these people, almost all of them that we see are so poor and they are so black") The documentary never really focuses on this aspect either. Gonzo seems to fear pulling back any of the masks its subject wears presumably scared of what it might find. Gonzo would have been better served concentrating on one period of time and focusing its energies.

That said, for those unfamiliar with Hunter S Thompson outside of his Muppet form this is a good start. Moreover, if it gets people to read his early work so much the better.

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