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Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Director:

Art Linson

Writers:

Hunter S. Thompson (stories) (as Dr. Hunter S. Thompson), John Kaye (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Boyle ... Lazlo
Bill Murray ... Hunter S. Thompson
Bruno Kirby ... Marty Lewis
Rene Auberjonois ... Harris (as René Auberjonois)
R.G. Armstrong ... Judge Simpson
Danny Goldman Danny Goldman ... Porter
Rafael Campos ... Rojas
Leonard Frey ... Desk Clerk
Leonard Gaines Leonard Gaines ... Super Fan
Otis Day ... Man #1 (as De Wayne Jessie)
Mark Metcalf ... Dooley
Jon Shear Jon Shear ... Billy Kramer (as Jon Matthews)
Joseph Ragno ... Willins
Quinn K. Redeker ... Pilot (as Quinn Redeker)
Lisa Taylor ... Ruthie
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Storyline

The deranged adventures of Gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson and his attorney Oscar Acosta, referred to in the movie as "Laslow". Thompson attempts to cover the Super Bowl and the 1972 Presidential election in his typical drug-crazed state, but is continually and comically sidetracked by his even more twisted friend Laslow. Allegedly based on actual events. Written by John Rumpelein <usviking@imageek.york.cuny.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on the twisted legend of Hunter S. Thompson See more »

Genres:

Biography | Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blast - Wo die Büffel röhren See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,750,593, 27 April 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,659,377
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Because of the high cost of music licensing, most VHS and all DVD releases have retained only the Neil Young score and the Creedence Clearwater Revival song, "Keep on Chooglin'", with the rest of the music replaced by generic approximations of the original songs. Only the theatrical release and early VHS releases contained the songs found on the soundtrack. The choice of songs for the DVD version was somewhat anachronistic, since it featured 1980s-style songs in a 1960s and 1970s setting. See more »

Goofs

The plane of journalists following the 1972 campaign sports an Evergreen International label. Evergreen International Airlines was a cargo airline formed in November 1975. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: You couldn't invent someone like Carl Lazlo. He was a... he was one of a kind. He was a mutant. A real heavyweight water buffalo type... who could chew his way through a concrete wall and spit out the other side covered with lime and chalk and look good in doing it.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical and original VHS versions featured the following songs that are not included on the DVD release: "I Can't Help Myself" by the Four Tops; "Highway 61" by Bob Dylan; "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" by the Temptations; "All Along the Watchtower" and "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix. One song from the original release, "Keep on Chooglin'" by Creedence Clearwater Revival is retained, as well as the "Home on the Range" variations in the score by Neil Young. See more »


Soundtracks

Home Home On The Range
Music by Daniel E. Kelley and lyrics by Brewster M. Higley
Performed by Neil Young
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Not for the casual Fear and Loathing Fan
2 February 2005 | by Raoulduke1845See all my reviews

I finally watched this movie after watching Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas about 50 times and reading almost all of Hunter S. Thompson's books. I have to say that while I enjoyed the movie, most people won't. Unless you have a pretty thorough knowledge of HST's work, it won't make much sense, and its comedic value will not be enough to make it worthwhile. However, if you have read FNL on The Campaign Trail and Strange Rumblings in Azatlan, then the movie will probably be of interest to you. One area where this film is far superior to FNL in Las Vegas is in its depiction of Oscar Zeta Acosta, the attorney who is the basis for Carl Lazlo here and Dr. Gonzo in FNL. Acosta was actually a prominent civil rights attorney in the 60's and 70's, especially in the Chicano community in Southern California. He also was a notoriously hard partier by most accounts. This movie does a much better job of capturing his odd duality than FNL does, and Peter Boyle is quite sharp in the role - interesting to watch for those of you who only know him as the father on Raymond.


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