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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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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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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1965 to 1975, the film includes clips of never-before-seen (nor heard) home movies, audiotapes, and passages from unpublished manuscripts.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, 6 July 2008

Gross USA:

$1,252,100

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,491,958
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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On the on-screen display caption for Jimmy Carter it states that he was US President from 1976 to 1980. Carter was actually President from January 20 1977 to January 20 1981. See more »

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Story of a contradiction
27 July 2009 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Hunter S. Thompson was an often astute commentator of American life, and an always astute commentator of his own mental disintegration, a process driven by his own enthusiastic use of mind-altering drugs; a gun freak who opposed American involvement in Vietnam; and a critic of capitalism who became, pretty much, the living embodiment of his own brand. He also, years after his best work was done, died by shooting himself. This documentary provides insight into his strange journey, which does have a tragic dimension: the values of the life he lived, the adulation he received for living it and the damage it did to him appear in the end inseparable. By the end, he was still celebrated (by new generations of kids who love to get high) but no longer relevant, his final act a desperate (and arguably failed) plea for attention. This documentary tells us much of the story, mostly interestingly, though there are times when it fails to disentangle the process it describes, the overwhelming of man by self-created myth. Still, while it's the prerogative of every generation to feel jaded, I find it hard to imagine another figure like Hunter emerging today, if only because a large part of his quality was that no-one expected him. But the film reminds you of another part as well: he could certainly write.


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