Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

Directed by: Art Linson

Starring: Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby

Where the Buffalo Roam is based on several works by Hunter S. Thompson, but it’s a very different film than Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Bill Murray plays Thompson and it has much more of a wacky comedy feel to it, at least partly because of that.

Hunter S. Thompson writes about various points in his life when he interacted with a lawyer named Lazlo (Boyle), who first defends a bunch of kids for possession of marijuana and ends up getting thrown in jail for it. Years later, Lazlo joins a paramilitary group and kidnaps Thompson from his coverage of the Super Bowl to try and get him to write an article about them. Finally, while on the campaign trail with Nixon, Thompson meets Lazlo again and finally tells him to beat it.

This is a pretty funny movie. Bill Murray is great as a more restrained Thompson than Johnny Depp’s, and Peter Boyle is always hilarious. The exploits of Hunter S. Thompson are pretty crazy, and I honestly weren’t expecting them to be presented so lightly, but it works.

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