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Where the Buffalo Roam
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on January 27, 2001
This film, for some reason, sticks out in my memory. I remembered seeing it as a child somewhere on network television . So, in a fit of nostalgia, I bought the thing. The bits I remembered were there (the hunting knife and grapefruit scene in the airplane...Playing football with the hotel staff instead of going to the Super Bowl he was covering) BUT those remain the only good things about this film. As a longtime fan of the good doctor, I could not help liking Bill Murrays portrayel (although it was a bit like "Caddy Shack does outlaw journalism). Now you can listen to those people who like to make pretense at having some profound knowledge of Thompson (by dropping bits of trivia about his many works and his relationship to the brown buffalo, Oscar Acosta) but it will not help you. This might: Unless you have some random childhood memory of this picture which will force you (contrary to your better sense and critical judgement) to feel some nostalgic affection for it - Don't bother. It's a piece of monumental hackery and it's only saving grace is the opening of the film accompanied by Neil Young. It is that bad.
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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 August 16, 2002
The movie, of course, is quite funny... in it's original form. I've seen it many times, and own it on VHS. Imagine, if you can, the bizarre and jarring effect of replacing all of the great sixties music (Highway 61, Purple Haze, etc.) with awful sounding 80's era fake rock. The description says it has all of this great music, but, obviously, Artisan was too ... to buy the rights to the music. Better off looking for an original VHS copy.
Very funny, though, and infinately more light-hearted than Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"... a movie that somehow did the unimaginable - made riding around in cars with a head full of acid seem like something you wouldn't want to do!
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on March 2, 1999
While this movie may be more "believeable" than Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it was a poorly directed film with awful choices for casting the characters. I mean, Bill Murray as a Gonzo journalist? I kept thinking "Groundhog Day", and Saturday Night Live everytime I saw him. And I don't think I have to say anything about to choice of the casting of the attorney. If you've seen the movie, then enough said about it. While this movie will probably be viewed more in 98-99 due to Fear and Loathing's success, don't expect it to impress you much, and if you thought Fear and Loathing had no plot [which it did], then don't look for one in this movie.
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on May 6, 2002
We first came across this film by accident while working at video store and we rented it that night. After watching it I can safely say that this is quite an excellent film, though I thought Peter Boyle's interpertation of Carl Lazlow was rather shaky at first. But still quite the excellent companion to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I must say, excellent all around. Bill Murray is an excellent Hunter S Thompson, though he kind of reminds me of the guy he played in Caddyshack. By far the best scene is when Thompson gives Harris acid and tells him that it's "prescription" mediciner for headaches... trust me, hilarity doesn't begin to describe what happens...
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on February 26, 2004
Anchor Bay bought the rights to this film and for some reason only included a couple of the original songs. And they still advertise on the package that there is music from Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. This music was taken out! Curse their flagrant lies! The music they added is some horrible studio band. The original music is a key part to this film. Why would any respectable video release company change an origianl film, and on top of it boast an advertisement for something that is not there? Find an original version of this film and
BOYCOTT ANCHOR BAY!
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on March 28, 1999
I think alot of people missed the point of this movie. It is not just about one of his books - its about all of his books. The point was not whether he actually was in a restroom with Nixon but rather he said he was and some one put it in the movie. Bill Murray does a great job of playing Thompson. You just have to know what is going on before you see the movie. Just reading one book will not help you. This movie is a cult classic. The more you have read from the man the better the movie is. Fact or fiction doesn't matter - the point is that it is just plain funny. Just the way the stories were originally written.
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on October 3, 2002
Not that this necessarily matters to most people, but, if you're a diehard fan of Hunter S. then you may be interested: I read an interview with Thompson in which he condemned this movie. He said it in no way emulated his life and that Murray did a hack job, going for humor as opposed to accuracy. So, in my opinion, if you want to learn more about Thompson you should watch Gilliam's Fear and Loathing, starring Johnny Depp. Depp lived with Thompson for 6 months prior to shooting, so I'd say he did his research.
One more thing, Thompson is known for lying in interviews, so maybe everything I've said is worthless.
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