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November 30, 2016
The eccentric tales of Hunter S. Thompson and Laslow. Bill Murray stars as the crazed, drug-induced writer and tells of various botched news reports where his mind and wild antics reroute his stories elsewhere. Murray was good as Dr. Thompson, but Peter Boyle was better as nutjob lawyer Laslow.
November 2, 2016
Early but strong and firm Bill.
½ August 19, 2016
Excellent performance by Murray as journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who covered many events in the 1960s and 70s.
October 14, 2015
Having seen Johnny Depp's take on the infamous Hunter S. Thompson it's actually interesting to go back and see Bill Murray performing so similarly (although they did both have the living man to base their performance off). Not sure why this seems to have been universally panned but it is a long way away from a consistently entertaining comedy.
July 15, 2015
The first cinematic attempt at capturing the drugged up gonzo world of Hunter S Thompson is a shambling, rambling, meandering oddity, no plot, no real point, and really messy, it's a comedy that often doesn't feel like a comedy as well. But the loose, aimless madness of the film is an interesting thing to let wash over you, it captures in some ways the sheer unhinged experimentation of Thompson's journalism, and Bill Murray is possibly an even better iteration of the man than Johnny Depp in the superior Fear And Loathing. A must check out for Thompson fans. Or Murray fans.
June 3, 2015
It probably isn't accurate to the legend of Hunter S. Thompson and it's not seen as a classic like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, but it's still an entertaining film, with great performances by Bill Murray and Peter Boyle.
May 17, 2015
Az eddigi legjobb Hunter S. Thompson feldolgozás, amit láttam.
May 10, 2015
Bill Murray is brilliant as usual. Peter Boyle is a joy. A movie to watch over and over again.
½ January 12, 2015
Gave this a late night re-watch to follow up a recent viewing of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, and I have to say that I found it a bit too episodic to fully fall in love with it. Don't get me wrong, it's quite watchable, it just didn't sell me as completely as Gilliam's later film did, so I found it hard to get into this one.

Rental for sure, just for Murray's performance.
December 30, 2014
Excellent movie. Where the Buffalo Roam may not have the most coherent script (much to the dismay of Thompson), it actually captures the aura of a Thompson novel/adventure, and it's very funny, pretty insightful, and wild. Murray delivers an incredible performance as Thompson, only to be later surpassed by an even better performance from Depp in the "follow-up" Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
October 20, 2014
A bizarre combination of 80s Bill Murray with Hunter S Thompson. Sometimes the humour works, mostly it's remarkable for how off the mark they managed to be. Considerably better than its reputation, but only if you both like Thompson's writing, and have a fond attachment to corny eighties movies.
July 11, 2014
The other great Hunter S. Thompson film, with Bill Murray as the drug-fuelled philosopher & writer.
June 28, 2014
Interesting view of Hunter S. Thompson. I enjoyed the random craziness.
½ June 19, 2014
Little funny. Just not for me. But it was nice see I the before Fear and Loathing.
May 29, 2014
Before Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas there was Where the Buffalo roam before Johnny Depp there was Bill Murray. A loose biography of Hunter S Thompsons filled with wild behavior fueled by drugs in the late 60s into the Nixon era. The stories are taken from when he was a journalist for the Rolling Stones.This movie does not have the visuals unlike Fear and Loathing known for the vivid hallucinations and trippy images. More in depth about the lates 60s turn 70s american culture. Its not all about HST but the relationship between him and his attorney.

From the beginning you can tell it was good choice to choose Bill Murray to play Hunter S Thompson copying his behavior and speech. His narrative voice-over throughout this movie displays his thoughts and views using his style that he known for. Not filled with wild antics and chaos like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas more of an insight on the gonzo journalist.
½ May 28, 2014
As far as Hunter S. Thompson's filmatic journeys go, this outing should be one wild roller coaster, however a few factors stop it from being the enjoyable trip out we know is capable of the man. If your not familiar with Thompson then a lot of this wont make sense to you, so go read a book first, however back in the day, Hunter was a "Gonzo Journalist" a man notorious for writing books and articles on how much a farce the american dream was from small time effects of pollictical judgment coming from the unfair treatment of teenagers by the police to much larger scale topics like the super bowl or the presidency campagin. He would always write himself in, however would sometimes go under guises, depending on his mental state. See Hunter liked his booze and alchohol, so much so in this movie it refrences him with a bottle of wild turkey attached to his arm via an iv drip. This should give you a heads up to the kind of man were dealing with here. So Hunter works as a journalist for a local magazine, we follow the journey of him and his attourney Lazlo. Starting off in the courtroom as Lazlo fails miserably at trying to defend a nation of youths for pot smoking. Hunter writes his story and makes him a country wide big time story. The film from this point will follow Hunter throughout his stint at the super bowl, which is hilarioius, and his turn at covering the presidential campaign. Naturally nuttiness and wild drug infused antics ensue. However for all the comic notes that this movie hit right, there is something looming over this movies head, that for the time of its release wouldnt be a problem, however during to the aging process it has taken its toll. That is Johnny Depp and Fear and Loathing... See its not that Bill Murray doesnt play Hunter well, he does, hes got the mannerisms, hes got the chat, he actually understands the character. Much like Peter Boyle pulls off an entertaining version of Lazlo. Its just that the movie glorifies the nuttiness for comedic value where as in the ninties Depp, Del Toro and Gillingham created something way more depraved, hilarious and outright bonkers, while managing to thrive off the source material at hand. It is unfair of this film to be judged in comparesson but Depp is Hunter, where as Murray does him well. Boyle is entertaining as Lazlo, Del Toro is Lazlo. Art doesnt have the confidence to go full psychadelic, Gillingham does. Watching where the buffalo roam, you cant help but feel like this film is living in the shadows of its follow up. Not that it doesnt have a lot to offer, its funny, original, good to look at and has an amazing wealth of characters and music. However knowing its been done better and more within the world youd expect, its hard not to draw comparessons. Definatly give it time of day but this will only gear you up for Fear and Loathing. good Effort.
½ May 4, 2014
It has it's moments of humor and Thompson's brilliant mind but it's fails at just making a general impact on the screen. Murray has some good moments but ultimately doesn't help the film. Watch "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas" for the best of Hunter S. Thompson and watch this one if you want to, but if Thompson didn't like it that should be a clear sign to steer away.
½ April 28, 2014
It's available on Nfix right now. Forecast is for "bad craziness."
April 11, 2014
hah, man that was some crazy stuff.
½ March 11, 2014
Not really a movie, more like looking to the past at some supposedly true events through a dirty window. Let's call it an anti-movie. It's more of a tribute to attorney Oscar Zeta Acosta (Lazlo/Dr Gonzo) than Thompson himself, but it's still exactly what you'd expect a Thompson movie to be like. It hits a strong stride in it's second half, typically using ALOT to say a little. Oh and, obviously, Murray rules.....
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