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A documentary on the life and death of Hunter S. Thompson. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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part eulogy and part retrospective, as a big fan I didn't learn much, but it's nice to see it See more (6 total) »


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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73 min

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
part eulogy and part retrospective, as a big fan I didn't learn much, but it's nice to see it, 27 December 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

One of the few times I've ever teared up after hearing of a well-known public figure passing in my lifetime, aside from Kubrick, was Hunter S. Thompson; equally I had a real gasp when I saw how he died. After seeing the documentary, I can see the point of view of his own reasons for it (he always said that he wouldn't know what to do if he couldn't commit suicide anytime he wanted, however much that's true I don't know), but it's still saddening. So seeing a documentary on the man and his legacy, as a fan, was a must for me. But also as a fan, having read a good handful of his books and seeing the films, there wasn't too much presented that really shown any new light about the man (I could already tell from his writing that there was the other side to his 'Gonzo' persona, of being a Southern-style gentleman and very brilliant thinker). It's a wonderful, if all-too-short, compilation of interviews and clips of interviews with the man himself, along with scenes from Where the Buffalo Roam and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Among the few things that did interest me was hearing about his early life, how he started drinking when he was 10/11 years old, got into major juvenile crimes as a teen, and started to write by basically copying word for word the books of Fitzgerald and Hemingway. I also thought it was interesting to see from the testimonies of actors and friends talk about how he sometimes had to balance out his own self-created anarchic public persona without it seeming too overboard, a caricature.

Here was a man who basically needed chaos and disorder in his life, who pushed excesses of not just drugs and alcohol and crazy s*** with guns, but also food and manic antics in hotels and on the road (always on the move, his widowed wife says). So seeing some of that talked about is interesting and sometimes even funny; I loved seeing the leftovers of phone calls he had with people, and the voice messages left for compadres like Ralph Steadman, and seeing how Thompson dictated in his will to go out, via cannon-shooting-ashes, is really touching in how it links to his persona. But throughout the grungy Nick Nolte narration of the simplistic, adoration type lines, and the typical notes on all of the actors and famous authors and childhood friends and ex-lawyers, it all kind of pecks at me at not being the kind of real tribute a guy like this should get. One of the moments where the doc does have a spark of 'what the hell' is when we first see Gary Busey, who almost directs the director of the film to how he should enter into being questioned about his one part in Fear & Loathing. Still, there's too much for fans I would want to say to look for to not say to see it, and for those who don't know much about the man's work (though maybe know his persona, as 'gonzo journalism' and the name Thompson are close to household words if you're into literature or the subversive) it's really worth stopping your remote on it if it pops up on TV. Where else will one find footage of Harry Dean Stanton, in emotional tribute, performing 'Danny Boy'?

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