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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

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A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

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Alex Gibney

Writers:

Alex Gibney (screenplay), Hunter S. Thompson (writings)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hunter S. Thompson ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Depp ... Himself - Narrator
Joe Cairo Joe Cairo ... New York Studio Shoot
David Carlo David Carlo ... New York Studio Shoot
Victor Ortiz Victor Ortiz ... New York Studio Shoot
Gilleon Smith Gilleon Smith ... New York Studio Shoot
Alex Ziwak ... New York Studio Shoot
Melissa Otero Melissa Otero ... New York Studio Shoot - Typist
Pierre Adeli Pierre Adeli ... Taco Stand Shoot
Angela Berliner Angela Berliner ... Taco Stand Shoot
Eugenia Care ... Taco Stand Shoot
Brian Kimmet ... Taco Stand Shoot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Acosta Oscar Acosta ... Himself (archive footage)
Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Sonny Barger ... Himself
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Storyline

Fueled by a raging libido, Wild Turkey, and superhuman doses of drugs, Thompson was a true "free lance, " goring sacred cows with impunity, hilarity, and a steel-eyed conviction for writing wrongs. Focusing on the good doctor's heyday, 1965 to 1975, the film includes clips of never-before-seen (nor heard) home movies, audiotapes, and passages from unpublished manuscripts. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug and sexual content, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

18 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hunter See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$191,942, 4 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,250,234, 9 November 2008
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When the film mentions that Hunter Thompson had a crush on Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick, archival footage instead shows the Airplane's first female singer, Signe Anderson. See more »

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Walk on the Wild Side
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Paging Dr. Gonzo
31 July 2008 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

Let's face it, either you loved or hated the life & words of the late Dr.Hunter S.Thompson,you have to admit...he was a piece of work. This documentary attempts to delve into the life (and head)of Thompson (not always with success,but don't let that throw you). The film (narrated by Johnny Depp,who played Thompson in 'Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas',some years back,making him a natural for the job)delves back to his association with the Hells Angels in the mid 1960's (which ended badly),to his being embraced by the whole Hippie counter culture of the later half of that era (along with massive intakes of various drugs),to writing several novels in the early to mid 1970's,to his subsequent downward spiral (in the creative sense),to his eventual death in 2005,by suicide (and his unorthodox memorial service). Hunter Thompson managed to make a name for himself. What I admired was the fact that it goes out of it's way to prove that the sixties was not always the hippie utopia that the baby boomer's make it out to be. What I could have done without was some of the more forgettable music from the 1960's & 1970's (does anybody really want to hear Jimmy Buffet's 'Margaritaville'for the twenty thousandth time?---I sure as hell don't). Apart from that, 'Gonzo:The Life & Work Of Dr.Hunter S. Thompson' will be a "must see" for those who tend to embrace the counter culture, rather than pop culture/trash culture.


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