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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on the twisted legend of Hunter S. Thompson 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

Gross USA:

$6,659,377
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Star Bill Murray in this movie was the first ever actor to ever portray famed writer Hunter S. Thompson in a film or television feature. See more »

Goofs

The plane of journalists following the 1972 campaign sports an Evergreen International label. Evergreen International Airlines was a cargo airline formed in November 1975. See more »

Quotes

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

The 2017 Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory restores the original soundtrack. Making this the first home media release since the original VHS release to feature the original unaltered soundtrack. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Rum Diary (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Cant Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland
Performed by The Four Tops
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And I thought Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was great!
3 October 2005 | by southern_jewSee all my reviews

I just happened upon this movie while perusing my "Bill Murray" Favorite Actors Wishlist on my Tivo. I had never heard of it before, but since I enjoy reading Hunter S. Thompson's work and having seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I instructed my faithful DVR to record the movie at 4:30 one Sunday morning. WHAT A GREAT MOVIE!!! I cannot express this sentiment enough. From the dead on impersonation of Dr. Thompson's mannerisms by Bill Murray to the militant antics of 60's radical lawyer Peter Boyle (Lazlo) throughout the movie, these two more than faithfully portrayed the crazy antics well documented in Gonzo journalism. Please, do yourself a favor, if you consider yourself a fan of this genre, or if you just want to see a timeless piece of funny, witty, action filled cinema, find a way to see this woefully under-advertised classic.


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