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on March 22, 2001
I will admit, I'm a big fan of Hunter S. Thompson, but this movie made his real career seem like an ugly joke. Thompson has contributed much to the development of journalism, literature, and to some degree politics, yet "Where The Buffalo Roam" uses silly, slap-stick humor to portray an important author. Norman Mailer, and Tom Wolfe have never been portrayed this way, and it's a shame that Thompson chose to allow this movie to be made. The film has a few funny moments, and I guess a fan of Hunter Thompson will find it slightly entertaining, but don't expect "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".
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on February 8, 2002
If you like the outlandish antics of Hunter S. Thompson and the comedic acting of Bill Murray, this movie will become one of you favorites. Although not as visualy stunning as Fear and Loathing, this film relys on the talent of its actors, and it does not disappoint. Also the character development in this movie is stellar, you really get some insight into these charactors. That coupled with a crazy story that seems to go nowhere until the end when you realize the movie has come full circle, makes this flick a classic. Period.
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on November 30, 2001
First, I should tell you that I share a birthday with the aforementioned Hunter S. Thompson (something I rarely brag about). One might think this would make me at least a little sentimental about a movie about him. But 'Where the Buffalo Roam' was, without a doubt, the WORST film I've ever seen. Okay, I'm not a huge Bill Murray fan, but I appreciate his work. I'm not a Peter Boyle fan either, but I'll always think of him with a chuckle as Gene Wilder's 'Monster' in 'Young Frankenstein.'
Unfortunately, this film had the kiss of death upon it before it was ever released: a combination of irrelevant and uninteresting subject matter, a screenplay that Thompson (a writer) should've vetoed the moment it came out of the typewriter, characters that neither inspired empathy nor pity, and self-absorbed acting doomed it. Had I not been with friends when I went to see it in the theater, I'd have surely left with plenty of popcorn to spare.
The bottom line: There are lots of good, even mediocre, movies out there. Don't waste your time and money on this one. It is TRULY the worst. There is a requisite minimum of one star on these ratings, but I feel that Murray, et. al. owe me a few.
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on December 1, 2000
Though burnouts-in-training may enjoy this movie for its gratuitous drug use and 'bad craziness', true Hunter Thompson fans recognize this shoddy piece of filmography to be just that, as well as a cheap attempt to make a buck off of a counter-culture icon(though it was originally based on a book about Oscar Acosta, the main focus of the film is Hunter). "Where the Buffalo Roam" concentrates on the hurricane-force excesses of the infamous father of gonzo, and, though this excess is a major component of Thompson's life, it is not everything, and certainly should not have been the sole focus of the movie. Bill Murray does a good job in his performance as Hunter S Thompson; the failure of the movie was not due to him but to the writers. The plot is wandering and uninspired, and even Thompson himself hated it. I vehemently discourage anyone from spending more than a few dollars to rent this film, and even in that case, do it only to satisfy your curiosity. "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", on the other hand, is a brilliantly directed film which captures the essence of the book(also marvelous) perfectly. It is a joy to watch(I have probably seen it upwards of 30 times), and everything about it, especially Johnny Depp's superb acting job, is spectacular. A must-have for any Thompson fan.
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on March 9, 1999
As one TRULY familiar with Thompson, I assure you that if you've ACTUALLY read his FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, you'll want to avoid this like the HIV virus. It is awful. I can't even begin to usher anything good to say about this blasphemy, except that it closed as soon as it opened theatrically. Lets get something straight: Thompson attended very few of the events he reported on - most were alcohol induced hallucinations courtesy of ROOM SERVICE, HOLIDAY INN. His journalistic submissions were as a matter of actual fact, essays on his tele-pathic - like visions of the event. And to that extent, Thompson was (and is) a genius! That this tome would even be presented on-screen as "...really happened...", is most absurd. Case in point: I for one pico-second refuse to believe the Secret Service would delegate unfettered access to thier ATTACK LIMO (including the trunk!), to a man like Hunter Thompson. Nor can I digest his conversing at the urinal with President Nixon. Reporters do not smoke cigs and drink Bloody Mary's in the courtroom. Not even back then. All-in-all, a right wing effort to discredit one of the finest satirists of this century. Losersville.
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on September 10, 1999
Supposedly Hunter Thompson said he didn't like this movie although he said he thought Bill Murray did a great job of portraying him. Something like that. I loved this movie. I barely knew who Thompson was when I saw it the first time and now I have all of his books. I couldn't believe this was on The Book of Lists 10 worst movies of all times. Screw The Book of Lists! They have the 10 worst movie reviewers of all times. Thompson has had two movies made about him already and he's still going strong. That must be some kind of record. I liked this one better than "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" although Johnny Depp did a great job in that one. And it's really interesting to me how few people even know who Hunter Thompson is. If you're a biker (motorcyle variation) you got to read "The Song of the Sausage Creation" article that he wrote for Cycle World Magazine back around 1995. Bad Craziness! They should make a movie from that article.
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on August 6, 1999
A strange journey into strange times. Murray does Thompson excellently but Boyle does not come near to doing as well as Del Toro in "Fear And Loathing In Las Veags".
A wonderful film. Sort of an older brother to "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas". This is one of those movies that the film makers know won't get good reviews. But they do it anyway. And films like this always find an audience which proves that there still are strange people in this world;thank God!
The film follows Thompson on his strange journey as he checks into a hospital to avoid a deadline, gives away his Superbowl tickets, and interviews Nixon at a urinal.
With music by Neil Young, Bod Dyaln, Jimi Hendrix, and CCR.
Ralph Steadman drew the title cards for the opening scene.
The best line in the film is the last. Also, if you are a true die hard Hunter S. Thompson fan, you have to buy it.
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on February 22, 1999
Bill Murray plays Hunter S. Thompson perfectly (with perhaps more hair than was actually necessary!) in this awkward 1980 film, based loosely on some of Thompson's works from "The Great Shark Hunt" (1979). While Thompson fans may appreciate this one for it's cynical humour and dry wit, the film goes basically nowhere, and leaves the viewer wondering what in the hell is the point to all of this! Peter Boyle's performance (especially in comparison to Bencio DelToro's) as HST's Samoian attorney, Oscar DeAcosta, is awful!! Overall, the movie is worth at least one viewing, for Murray's A-calibre performance, but other than that the flick is an unfortunate celluloid waste. Try "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998) directed by Terry Gilliam. Johnny Deep, as HST, pales in comparison to Murray as Thompson, but the film is 110% better. Good luck and happy "Hunting."
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on September 8, 2001
Don't be fooled by some of the other reviews listed above. I saw a lot of five star and four star reviews here, but let me tell you the truth so that you don't make the mistake I just did: this movie is a stinker. And that's being very generous. This movie had a few funny scenes--and I'm talking a FEW--but, as a whole, it was absolutely dreadful. It's two hours of your life that you'll never get back. Save your time and your money and steer clear of this ....
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on September 14, 2002
Where the Buffalow Roam is essentially the edited ... version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Where as when I first saw it I expected many more simularities.
If your looking for a ... laugh watch it, or if your at all informed or knowledgable of Dr. Thompsons work then you may enjoy.
But if you expect an all consuming joy ride which ruins your mind the way Fear and Loathing does, get Easy Rider instead.
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