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

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Released 2007

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Director:
Alex Gibney (I)
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is a 2008 biographic documentary about controversial iconic writer and journalist Hunter S. Thompson. It is narrated by Johnny Depp. Hunter S. Thompson, best known for his novel "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and articles for Rolling Stone magazine, was one of the most politically influential writers of the last century. A drug loving, gun crazed, action seeking madman genius who spoke and wrote without filters and answered to nobody. He is the founder of Gonzo journalism, a new form of writing in the new literary movement where one puts themselves in the reporting. This entertaining documentary is about both this explosive life and his reckless success, chronicling his whole life and notorious public image with never before seen footage, revealing interviews and samplings of his writing. The film contains several personal accounts from such friends as: Tom Wolfe, George McGovern, Jimmy Buffet, Jimmy Carter, Jann Werner and Pat Buchanan.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It is to Mr. Gibney's great credit that while he pays due attention to the outsize, cartoonish celebrity persona Thompson fell back on when his literary powers began to wane, this ...

  • 80

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Subject's career being inextricably tied to two extremely entertaining U.S. decades, Gonzo has a wealth of delightful archival footage to draw on, both directly involving Thompson ...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Instead of pushing for tough answers to difficult questions, this film is content to mythologize Thompson's bad-boy behavior, celebrating things like his willingness to drink a bot...

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Pop Culture, Profile, Politics, Independent, Biography