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Where the Buffalo Roam

Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)


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Based on the writings and experiences of "gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Where the Buffalo Roam details the adventures of Thompson (Bill Murray) and his attorney (Peter Boyle), whose character is rewritten as Mexican-American rather than Samoan, as they pillage and plunder their way across America on a drunken, drug-saturated mission to...well, their mission is as yet undetermined, but they set about it anyway. Highlights include a staged broadcast of the Super Bowl from Thompson's hotel



John Kaye

Jan 11, 2000

Universal Studios

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It's just a ramshackle package of bizarre anecdotes, some only marginally connected to Thompson's writings.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

Finds no cinematic equivalent for Thompson's outrageous language; the material seems strangely meek.

July 8, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Funny but campy rendition of Hunter S. Thompson by Bill Murray. Easier to watch than FEAR AND LOATHING

March 18, 2003 | Comment (1)

Audience Reviews for Where the Buffalo Roam

It's about Hunter Thompson and is with Bill Murray, so it have everything to go right. But a screenplay kill a probably good movie that become silly and flat picture.
July 18, 2013
Lucas Martins

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Ridiculous but still entertaining.
November 20, 2011
Graham Jones

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This was the Hunter S. Thompson movie before Terry Gilliam decided to do his version. It's more of a series of episodic vignettes based on several of Thompson's stories instead of being an adaptation of just one. It basically covers Thompson's relationship with Chicano lawyer "Carl Lazlo Esq." during Hunter's attempts to cover Super Bowl VI and the '72 Presidential Campaign, as well as some other crazy shenanigans.

The film doesn't quite do justice to Hunter, his relatiosnhip with Lazlo, or the source material, but it is faithful to the spirit of gonzo journalism and Thompson's nuttiness. Plus, the performances are not too bad. Their far less histrionic than the ones in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but the actos still really get into character, and it's funny as hell watching Bill Murray and Peter Boyle do Thompson and Lazlo, respectively.

This is a chaotic mess of a film, but it is rather fascinating to watch. It's not really a complete success as a movie, but it is entertaining. It's kind of a bummer that this is so underappreciated and not given all that much time of day. You gotta be in the right mood for something like this, but it is worth a watch, despite the flaws.
October 13, 2011
Chris Weber

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Watching this movie, I was expecting a comedy, but it's really more of a biography of journalist Hunter S. Thompson, and as that it's interesting, but not enjoyable enough. Only see this if you're a fan of his work.
January 8, 2011

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    1. Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: What is this country doing for the doomed?
    – Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
    1. Carl Lazlo Esq.: You don't write any postcards when you're on the road to self-discovery.
    – Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
    1. Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: Boy, it was hard finding people to eat acid with as the age of Nixon wore on.
    – Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
    1. Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: I think it could be the best thing I've ever done. All I have yo do is write it up.
    – Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
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