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A documentary on the life and death of Hunter S. Thompson. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Ed Bradley ... Himself
Bob Braudis ... Himself

Douglas Brinkley ... Himself
William F. Buckley ... Himself

Gary Busey ... Himself

John Cusack ... Himself

Benicio Del Toro ... Himself

Johnny Depp ... Himself
F.X. Feeney ... Himself

Gary Hart ... Himself

Art Linson ... Himself

Leonard Maltin ... Himself

George McGovern ... Himself

Bill Murray ... Himself
Laila Nabulsi ... Herself

Nick Nolte ... Narrator

Sean Penn ... Himself

Harry Dean Stanton ... Himself

Ralph Steadman ... Himself
Anita Thompson ... Herself

Hunter S. Thompson ... Himself (archive footage)
Juan Thompson ... Himself
Nick Tosches ... Himself

Jann Wenner ... Himself

Tom Wolfe ... Himself

Directed by
Tom Thurman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tom Marksbury 

Produced by
Christopher Black .... producer
Joe Petro III .... associate producer
Michael Ruggiero .... executive producer
Stephan Shelanski .... executive producer
Tom Thurman .... producer
Original Music by
Otto Helmuth 
Frank Schaap 
Cinematography by
Jim Piston 
Film Editing by
Jim Piston 
Sound Department
Sean Anderson .... location audio
Otto Helmuth .... soundtrack
Neil Kesterson .... audio post
Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Anderson .... lighting technician
Other crew
Steven Belgard .... publicist
Neville Blakemore .... archive stills and footage
Robert Bone .... archive stills and footage
Karen Cunningham .... transcriptions
Christopher Dyer .... spiritual advisor
Ben Fee .... archive stills and footage
David Hiser .... archive stills and footage
Ashley Kravitz .... clearance
Barbara O'Keefe .... transcriptions
Brad Riddell .... production assistant
Paul Semonin .... archive stills and footage
Ralph Steadman .... title sequence
Anita Thompson .... archive stills and footage
Gerald Tyell .... archive stills and footage
Brent Abshear .... special thanks
Marc Barson .... special thanks
Robin Baum .... special thanks
Douglas Brinkley .... special thanks
Alice Cotton .... special thanks
Christi Denbrowski .... special thanks
Christopher Dyer .... special thanks
Linda Endres .... special thanks
Ben Fee .... special thanks
Michael Follmer .... special thanks
Jessie Gietl .... special thanks
Hal Haddon .... special thanks
Carole Henderson Harrington .... special thanks
Ann McGovern .... special thanks
George McGovern .... special thanks
Drew G. Miller .... special thanks
Lynn Motley .... special thanks
Rebecca Pefferman .... special thanks
Corday Piston .... special thanks
Stephen Weber .... special thanks
Robert B. Weide .... special thanks (as Bob Weide)
Adia Wright .... special thanks

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Beware Hunter Fans!, 5 September 2007
Author: Professor Klickberg from United States

Boy, I sure wish I had someone around who had told me not to waste money on this one! Oy!

BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE is an almost shameful re-hashing of four or five films already made about the epic bard Hunter S. Thompson.

If you're a true HST fan, you have already seen (and probably own) the main ingredients for this "original" documentary: WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM (sub-par at best itself, less Bill Murray's fantastic portrayal of our hero), FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, BREAKFAST WITH HUNTER, and--perhaps the greatest film about HST ever made--FEAR & LOATHING IN GONZOVISION, an absolutely spectacular short documentary made by the BBC in the late 1970's (you will find this on your Criterion edition of F&L... seriously worth the purchase for the documentary alone).

Literally half the movie's footage comes from the F&L IN GONZOVISION doc (an episode of OMNIBUS, actually), and about another third or more comes straight from those other three sources. Frankly, if you have all these films, you could probably have made this shoddy doc yourself.

Yes, there are certainly some interesting suppositions made by a lot of BIG TIME (!!!!!!!!) celebrities, but they all say very little that hasn't been said before, and it really begins to get repetitious. This is especially true when they begin to go on and on and on and on (and on) about the terrific performances of Bill Murray and Col. Depp. Yes, they both did a grand job of portraying the Good Doctor, but--goodness!--need we see Ed Bradley, Leonard Maltin, and William F. Buckley go on ad nauseum about it for so long in a documentary about the guy they were trying to emulate on film? The part about Depp in particular goes on far too long; you have about fifteen people talking about how amazing Depp was in FEAR & LOATHING. Yeah, he sure was, but do we need to hear about it for twenty minutes? Depp, Depp, Depp. What about Hunter?

And this is the true fault of the film.

You should really read that strange, almost incongruous subheadline of the the film (buy the ticket, take the ride: HUNTER S. THOMPSON ON FILM) and take it more literally, for that's really what the movie turns into: an analysis of the films in which he's appeared or been portrayed. Heck, the whole film starts out with Gary Busey talking to the director about how to shoot his scene. Once again, a good idea and starts off funny, but then gets old REAL fast, and we start wondering right away: what the hell does this have to do with Hunter S. Thompson. (And sorry, "Gonzo" journalism it ain't.)

I was stunned to also hear and see them laud the terrible, disastrous decision of casting Peter Boyle in the part of Oscar (or "Carl") in BUFFALO. Boyle's a great actor, sure... but we all know he was one of the main downfalls of that film (not to mention the cinematography and "music" that was chosen; Neil Young's score was good, but those music choices: oy! Right out of an 80's after-school-special!).

Overall, BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE is more of a paean to all the people who ever made the films about Hunter than it is about Hunter himself. And this wouldn't have been so bad, less the fact that most of the movie comes from stuff we've all already seen.

For craftsmanship, this one also loses out. It looks awful, is edited poorly, and has no real pace or rhythm whatsoever. Although, I do have to admit that THIS time, I liked the music...

No wonder this never came out to the theaters and had to be made as a Starz! Original Picture. (Are you KIDDING?!)

I f you've never seen or read anything about Hunter before, you might dig on this thing. As for the rest of us, we'll be praying that they don't fcuk up RUM DIARY.

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