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12 December 2006 (USA) See more »
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 14 people found the following review useful.
HST would have liked it., 24 December 2006
Author: TomChemEngineer from United States

I just viewed this film OnDemand. A weird and perilous 73 minute jaunt through several highlights of HST's life. While not as detailed as other treatments of the subject matter, this film makes up for its lack of depth by a sweeping breadth of scope, and is more pleasing to the middle-of-the-road HST enthusiast, with less drug use, less profanity, less crotchety-ness, more Hollywood types commenting, more clips from Where the Buffalo Roam and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and overall, a more human treatment of the man behind the myth that HST has become.

In this treatment, we see more of the Owl Creek Ranch, more of HST's first and second wives commenting, and more of Hunter at home than in previous films. Hunter appears to be more relaxed at home than anywhere else he has been interviewed. I particularly liked the airing of a couple of messages that HST left on answering machines... these give the viewer a feel for the real person and not so much the persona.

The film also gives reasonable closure for HST's exit from humanity... taking the Hemingway option in view of his increasing physical disability and age-related deterioration. HST was always in charge of his own freedom, and this chosen end was one more celebration of his freedom to do exactly what he wanted, when he wanted it. Thanks for a good film. I'll watch it again when I need my next Gonzo-fix.

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