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Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Director:

Art Linson

Writers:

Hunter S. Thompson (stories) (as Dr. Hunter S. Thompson), John Kaye (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Boyle ... Lazlo
Bill Murray ... Hunter S. Thompson
Bruno Kirby ... Marty Lewis
Rene Auberjonois ... Harris (as René Auberjonois)
R.G. Armstrong ... Judge Simpson
Danny Goldman Danny Goldman ... Porter
Rafael Campos ... Rojas
Leonard Frey ... Desk Clerk
Leonard Gaines Leonard Gaines ... Super Fan
Otis Day ... Man #1 (as De Wayne Jessie)
Mark Metcalf ... Dooley
Jon Shear Jon Shear ... Billy Kramer (as Jon Matthews)
Joseph Ragno ... Willins
Quinn K. Redeker ... Pilot (as Quinn Redeker)
Lisa Taylor ... Ruthie
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Storyline

The deranged adventures of Gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson and his attorney Oscar Acosta, referred to in the movie as "Laslow". Thompson attempts to cover the Super Bowl and the 1972 Presidential election in his typical drug-crazed state, but is continually and comically sidetracked by his even more twisted friend Laslow. Allegedly based on actual events. Written by John Rumpelein <usviking@imageek.york.cuny.edu>

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Taglines:

I hate to advocate weird chemicals, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone... but they've always worked for me. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blast - Wo die Büffel röhren See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,750,593, 27 April 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,659,377
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Murray and Hunter S. Thompson were concerned with the film's lack of continuity and in early 1980 added voice-over narration. When the film was sneak-previewed in late March, the last two scenes and narration were absent. Murray was outraged and the studio ended up shooting a new ending. Three days before it was to be released in theatres a press screening was suddenly cancelled because of editing problems. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Thompson goes to college to "lecture" the students, he lights up a joint, takes a few hits off of it and then moments later lights up yet another joint before finishing the first one (or passing the first one along to anyone else) basically showing that he lit the same joint twice. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: [into tape recorder] Forecast is for "bad craziness".
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Connections

Followed by The Rum Diary (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep on Chooglin
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival (as Credence Clearwater Revival)
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A good flick
17 December 2003 | by rabid_halflingSee all my reviews

I am a fan of Dr. Thompson's work.. I also liked this movie, tho, Fear and Loathing was a much better film.. due to the director, and cast.. Bill Murray was a great choice for this film, tho it was almost too cookie cutter, no real feel of the drugs he was hammering at that time. In F&L you have the grittiness of the drug culture of the 70's, feels more authentic.. Anyhoo, if you are a fan of HST, this is worth the watch.. hey, paid 4$ for the vid, can not go wrong..


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