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Plot: Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Runtime: 96 mins Release Date: 25 Apr 1980
Fist of all, as far as the comparison to Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas 1998 goes, these films are completely different beasts. Fear & Loathing is a adaptation of a fictional work based on real events. Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro are playing Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, not Hunter S. Thompson and Oscar Zeta Acosta. They are playing caricatures of real people, indirect representations funneled through HST's imagination and exaggeration. Where The Buffalo Roam is more based in reality. Bill Murray is directly playing Hunter S. Thompson as he writes his writings, Johnny Depp played <more>
a character from his writings, there is a massive difference. And as such, in my opinion, both films succeed brilliantly. Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas is a visually dazzling, imaginative, cinematic adaptation of HST's novel and Where The Buffalo Roam is a quirky, splendidly fun quasi-biographical journey and pure snapshot of life.Bill Murray is fantastic in this film. His portrayal of HST is taken from life, more realistic, more from the man rather than from his text or the legend of HST. The whole film itself, mainly because of Murray's characterization and the realistic structured style of the abrupt interconnected randomness of everyday life, is infused with a undying sense of fun and love for words, imagination, writing, and the whole creative process, which seems to me to get more to the core of HST as a man than the various vignettes of Fear & Loathing.Where The Buffalo Roam is wildly entertaining, frenziedly hilarious, and immeasurably fun. But when the general viewing audience, who presumably do not have a true passion for HST and his works, views both films and are given the choice between the legend and the man, they more often choose the legend, which is usually the trend in history.Whereas Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas has a romance for the stories and the myth, Where The Buffalo has a romance for the man and the process, and both have it for his personal style, politics and priorities.
And I thought Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was great! (by southern_jew)
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 <more>
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.
This was a great movie. Bill Murray did an outstanding job of capturing HST's voice inflection and mannerisms Granted this film appears more low budget than Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas also a great movie , however that does not mean it is any less funny or enjoyable to watch. If you can get a copy with the original soundtrack, it does make a difference. Look on ebay, you can most likely find one for cheap. I got my copy for about ten dollars and was worth every penny. Just wish I could have found it on DVD with the original soundtrack, but that's something I've never <more>
seen.Gonzo Journalism is dead...RIP HST....you will be missed.
Most negative reviews seem to come from people who saw Depp before Murray. Pity. For serious HST readers or even those who only know The Great Shark Hunt, WTBR offered a comic relief side so sadly lacking in Depp's one-dimensional, cardboard, just quote your lines performance and I'm a big Depp fan . As for "Murray being Murray" - such a comment can only come from people who saw this after the rest of Bill's work. It was one of the earliest and best - indeed laid the base for much of his 80s and 90s work. Boyle is frenetic, allowing Murray to play sidekick for a change. <more>
A great option. HST's written rants were always harsh but always fair, no doubt composed coming off a bender. Who then is to say WTBR's omission of much of these is wrong, rather than simply a portrayal of the benders. We all know what he wrote and how he wrote - I'm glad WTBR chose to portray who HST was and the chaotic situations he put himself in rather than become some art-house naval-gazing about the tortured creative process of a scathingly intelligent commentator. Mind you - I did see it as the second part of a double header with Eraserhead ! Sadly, no video copies of WTBR exist in Australia. Can anyone help me ?
Outstanding vehicle for Bill Murray (by Bigguy-12)
Where the Buffalo Roam is a great movie showcasing the irreverent life of the gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Bill Murray is at his comedic best playing Hunter as he truly was, over the edge, but as reserved as his mind would let him be. This movie is so clearly superior to the Johnny Depp muddle of Fear and Loathing. Peter Boyle as Lazlo is perfect casting, then throw in Ralph Steadman graphics and an original soundtrack by Neil Young, you have a perfect late night festival of laughter. Save your "new release" dollars and skip renting Fear and Loathing and get this showcase of <more>
Bill Murray at his absolute best. You will not be disappointed!
Top performance from Bill Murray. This is a movie that has to be seen twice to comprehend some of the complexities that existed in Hunter Thompsons mind and his grasp with drugs and the negatives that uprooted the US at a very delicate yet decisive time in its history. The Nixon encounter in the bathroom was one of a kind, as was the attempted transformation of Hunters character in the plane towards the end of the flick. Bill Murray has a classic quirky comedy style that I have never seen in any other comedians, and can be compared to Peter Sellers in his uniqueness. If you happen to see the <more>
poor remake of this with Johnny Depp, you will walk away satisfied only if you see this one as well.
"F*** The Doomed", Thompson's Legend Lives On! (by The_Great_Fausto)
This movie was great; it wasn't really as much a movie about Thompson, but more of a movie about his and Oscar Zeta Acosta's relationship as friends and partners. It gives a nice idea of what Thompson and Oscar Zeta Acosta's friendship was like, turbulences and all. Although "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" captures Thompson's writing, "Where the Buffalo Roam" gives more of a realistic insight on Thompson and Acosta. It also captures different stories from some of Thompson's other work, my favorite being the piece from "Fear and Loathing: On The <more>
Campaign Trail '72", Thompson's first hand account of Nixon's campaign for office. This movie is perfect for hardcore Thompson fans or just anyone wanting to learn about the legendary journalist. I give it an 8 out of 10.
An entertaining film on its own and a must for fans of Dr. Thompson (by jibba66)
This film version of the life of gonzo journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is a great intro to his works. I saw this film before I'd ever read word one by HST, and while this is definitely a lightened version of his work it is very entertaining. Murray plays an almost slapstick version of Thompson, especially when compared to Johnny Depp's brilliant but incomprehensible Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
A tribute to the unpredictable Hunter Thompson (by tarynbrenner)
I would first like to say that I have never been a huge Bill Murray fan he plays the title character but when I saw him in Where the Buffalo Roam, I developed a new appreciation for his style of comedy. The character of Hunter Thompson is never really with reality excessive drug use will do that to you , quirky, unpredictable but alot of fun to watch. Bill Murray does a brilliant job in this role. However what will make you love or hate this movie is the story. To be honest, the story tend to drag a little much like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; which easily could have been 1 1/2 hours <more>
shorter but the characters are what keep you hooked. I'd recommend reading a few of Hunter Thompson's short stories or bios on him to get an idea of what a brilliant "nut" Thompson is and then seeing the movie. You'll see what I mean...trust me.