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


2h 2008

Brief Synopsis

Hunter S. Thompson is a mythic American figure, a man that Tom Wolfe called our "greatest comic writer," whose suicide, by gunshot, led Rolling Stone Magazine, where Thompson began his career, to devote an entire issue (its best-selling ever) to the man that launched a thousand sips of bourbon, endl

Film Details

Also Known As
Gonzo, Gonzo: The Life & Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo: The Life & Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Hunter, Hunter, Politicamente scorretto - The Hunter S. Thompson's Gonzo
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Distribution Company
Magnolia Pictures; Madman Entertainment Pty., Ltd.; Magnolia Home Entertainment; Magnolia Pictures; Studiocanal UK

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

Hunter S. Thompson is a mythic American figure, a man that Tom Wolfe called our "greatest comic writer," whose suicide, by gunshot, led Rolling Stone Magazine, where Thompson began his career, to devote an entire issue (its best-selling ever) to the man that launched a thousand sips of bourbon, endless snorts of cocaine and a brash, irreverent, fearless style of journalism--named "gonzo" after an anarchic blues riff by James Booker. Borrowing from Kris Kristofferson, Thompson was a "walking contradiction, partly truth, mostly fiction." A die-hard member of the NRA, he was also a coke-snorting, whiskey-swilling, acid-eating fiend. While his pen dripped with venom for crooked politicians, he surprised nervous visitors with the courtly manners and soft-spoken delivery of a Southern gentleman. Careening out of control in his personal life, Thompson also maintained a steel-eyed conviction about righting wrongs. Today, in a time, when "spin" has replaced the search for deeper meaning, Thompson remains an iconic crusader for truth, justice and a fiercely idealistic American way. Like Jack Kerouac's On the Road, his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (and the movie made from it) remains a wanderlust myth for generation after generation of American youth. And for America's most esteemed journalists--from Tom Wolfe, and Walter Isaacson (former editor of Time) to the NY Times' Frank Rich--he remains an iconic freelance, never afraid to gore every sacred cow in his path. He believed that writing could make a difference. It could change things.

Film Details

Also Known As
Gonzo, Gonzo: The Life & Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo: The Life & Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Hunter, Hunter, Politicamente scorretto - The Hunter S. Thompson's Gonzo
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Distribution Company
Magnolia Pictures; Madman Entertainment Pty., Ltd.; Magnolia Home Entertainment; Magnolia Pictures; Studiocanal UK

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

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Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States July 4, 2008

Released in United States 2008

Released in United States 2014

Released in United States January 2008

Released in United States June 2008

Released in United States March 2008

Released in United States October 2008

Released in United States on Video November 18, 2008

Released in United States Summer July 4, 2008

Shown at CineVegas Film Festival (Sure Bets) June 12-21, 2008.

Shown at London Film Festival (Gala) October 15-30, 2008.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (Big Nights/Closing Night) April 24-May 8, 2008.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Documentary Films) May 22-June 15, 2008.

Shown at SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival June 16-23, 2008.

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (Big Nights/Closing Night) April 24-May 8, 2008.)

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Documentary Films) May 22-June 15, 2008.)

Released in United States 2014 (Guggenheim Symposium)

Released in United States January 2008 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Documentary Competition) January 17-27, 2008.)

Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival March 7-15, 2008.

Released in United States March 2008 (Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival March 7-15, 2008.)

Released in United States June 2008 (Shown at CineVegas Film Festival (Sure Bets) June 12-21, 2008.)

Released in United States June 2008 (Shown at SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival June 16-23, 2008.)

Limited Release in United States July 4, 2008

Released in United States Summer July 4, 2008

Released in United States October 2008 (Shown at London Film Festival (Gala) October 15-30, 2008.)

Released in United States on Video November 18, 2008