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Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
First time watch for me. And I was pleasantly surprised. Laughed at loud throughout. Peter Boyle is fantastic as always and Bill Murray is just as good of a Hunter S. Thompson as Johnny Depp. If anything, the conclusion seems rushed but overall, an under appreciated film that I'm glad I finally watched.
The Shout Selects "Collector's Edition" Blu-ray has surprisingly few extras. Interview with writer John Kaye.
Watched the Shout Select Blu-ray
If 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' is an excellent depiction of the gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's out of his mind persona Raoul Duke, then perhaps Where the Buffalo Roam is a closer depiction of the actual guy and his friendship with his attorney Lazlo.
"And the poor doomed, the young, and the silly, the honest, the weak, the Italians... they're doomed, they're lost, they're helpless, they're somebody else's meal, they're like pigs in the wilderness ... Come here Harris, come here. Fuck the doomed!"
Thompson really loved grapefruit!
Despite being a big Fear and Loathing fan, before now I had never connected the dots that long before Terry Gilliam put the spectacle of Thompson's self-proclaimed drug-ravaged debauchery in…
”As your ex-attorney I advise you not to worry”
Strange memories of this nervous film. Five minutes later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era—the kind of peak that never comes again.
Watching Murray from the early eighties is a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run… but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that he was there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.…
Films can have ingredients but lack flavor and be hard to know. Despite crazed happenings there’s still a sense of failing,…
Bill Murray is my hero of comedy.
Hunter S. Thompson is my hero of literature.
Put the two together...
You get an awesome film... that "just never got weird enough for me"... but might be better than another certain Thompson film because of it.
Obviously more for fans of Hunter S. Thompson than the unindoctrinated, "Where the Buffalo Roam" will most likely entertain those fans and alienate the aforementioned unindoctrinated. A medicated and boozy romp through Thompson's mind and history, the film is a polarizing piece of work.
"Based on the legend of Hunter S. Thompson" reads a card in the opening credits, setting the stage for what will follow. The film's scattered plotting deals with the Super Bowl, the 1972 presidential election, and various moments of outlandish behavior. There is less a connected story here and more a series of energetic episodes.
Bill Murray plays the gonzo journalist with a performance, however, that makes the film watchable. Murray is funny, colorful, and grounded…
Just as good as Fear and Loathing if not better ...and as a Huge Bill Murray fan ,I fell in love with this movie almost immediately and it has one of my new favorite Bill Murray performances .
And Peter Boyle ,Amazing !!!
Bill Murray prooved in the early days he can really act before the comedy hits came into play. Playing as Hunter he looks the part and delves straight in, enjoying his rambling speeches and obscene drug use.
The film itself doesn't really do it justice, it is more focused on Bill performing the writer druggie legend.
Like Fear and Loathing maybe I should have taken some speed,cocaine or ecstasy to enjoy the film more and understand his mumblings throughout.
A great performance from Bill and I'm glad we're still seeing his pure acting skills still from today.
This semi-comedic biopic tells the story of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (played by Bill Murray). Unfortunately, while Murray himself is well cast, the film adds up to little more than an endless succession of depictions of copious alcohol and drug consumption plus all of the resultant crazy behaviour, without any discernible context or purpose beyond trying (and mostly failing) to eke a few superficial laughs out of it all.
The later Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) was similarly messy but at least director Terry Gilliam made an interesting attempt to dive into Thompson's head via his usual fever dream visual flair. Where the Buffalo Roam does little apart from living up to the "Roam" part of the title. According to the Collins English Dictionary, the verb form of the word means:
"to travel or walk about with no fixed purpose or direction."
This is a directionless film.
"Forecast is for 'bad craziness'..."
Where the Buffalo Roam covers a whole lot of road in the history of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, but it also changes some things like the names of Rolling Stone magazine and its creator, Jann Wenner, for reasons that I don't know. It doesn't stick to any one of its tales long enough to really get at the insane meat of them, but as an overview of his relationship with his lawyer, it's pretty good. The performances are its strength, though, with Bill Murray and Peter Boyle at the top of their game as Thompson and Lazlo respectively. Not bad, but not as good as I'd hoped.
incredibly poorly directed, and the script is mediocre at best, but i’m a thompson nut and anything that includes a scene of hunter s thompson stripping in a bathroom as nixon pisses in a urinal is a yes from me.
No need to panic. I'll just lash together a few raw facts, a little bit of old Negro wisdom, and this nightmare is over.
If you're looking for Fear and Loathing you're gonna be let down but this is an entertaining and enjoyable enough film. Like a lot of people have said it's slow, meandering and not as funny as it should be. But it's definitely better than expected.
Bill Murrey does a great job portraying Hunter S. Thompson and it was interesting to see Peter Boyle in this especially after seeing him so recently in Joe (1970).
There, chew on that gibberish for awhile, you heartless scum!
HST’s work and spirit is pretty well captured here and Bill Murray surprised me with his accurate impersonation. I wish the director would’ve pushed the envelope a little more to make an actual creative and memorable film.
I've heard a lot of people say that "Where the Buffalo Roam tried and failed to capture the essence of Gonzo or Thompson" and things like that. And people compare it to "Fear and Loathing" far too often. The truth is, this movie walked so Fear and Loathing could run. This was a great piece of Gonzo. I loved it.
Um filme sobre o advogado do Hunter Thompson. Por que não?
Ver al loco de Hunter S. Thompson cantando lucy in the sky with diamonds de The Beatles mientras maneja un avión comercial me a dado mil años de vida
Tengo muchas ganas de comenzar a leer sus libros, todo un genio el extraño Dr. Gonzo
Everytime I rewatch it, I like it less and less. The Nixon scene is still gold though.
Still stand by my belief that M*A*S*H* era Donald Sutherland would have been the perfect Thompson.
No esperes una película de Gilliam.
Está versión de Hunter S. Thompson es mas una parodia del mismo que una representación fidedigna. Sin embargo si se logra superar esa barrera, podremos encontrar ante nosotros una comedia muy entretenida. Es un poco tonta y puede que alguna cosa no haya envejecido muy bien, pero es muy divertida y no pierdes la atención en ningún momento. Súper disfrutable.
Bill Murray crushes in his part as Thompson, but Where the Buffalo Roam leaves too much on the table and far too much to be desired.
This becomes far more interesting when watched with the idea in mind though that Boyle's Lazlo is Hunter S. Thompson's worst impulse to abandon the task at hand personified.
He only crops up when things become most crucial for Thompson and the "story" seems to be stumbling onto a purpose. It's at this point that he torpedos things into the most bizarre of non-sequitur situations and ruins Murray's Thompson's chances at getting somewhere productive.
Seeing as this concept is even blatantly suggested during one of the "vignettes" that make up the movie, it's apparent that this idea wasn't far from screenwriter John Kaye's mind either.
While intermittently hilarious, Where the Buffalo Roam is too disjointed and plotless for its own wandering, stumbling good.
It's wild to me that WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM got so completely panned on release. Wild. I mean, it's no masterpiece. But there's a shaggy-dog charm throughout the film and a slew of fun turns from performers who dig into the fast, strange world of Hunter S. Thompson. Murray and Boyle is a pair that equals Depp and Del Toro in FEAR AND LOATHING; Murray's perma-stoned mumble and Boyle's wild-eyed mania play off each other with aplomb.
Art Linson's direction is only fine and John Kaye's script is mostly surface, but the below-the-line work is stellar. It's shot and edited with skill. Unfortunately the DVD I watched was one of the earlier discs that had a generic facsimile soundtrack due to rights issues, but whatever. I still had a great time.
Very enjoyable ride. Try to view in a vaccum though, without Fear and Loathing clouding your judgment
Murray gives a great performance, but otherwise pretty unremarkable.
yeah idk🤷🏻♂️ i hope fear and loathing is better
Been watching a lot of shit flicks. Thought i would be into this one, but yeah as Julian said they are just caricatures of these people, really comes off bad.
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