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


     

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DVD Release Date: 11/18/2008


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From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and producer Graydon Carter comes a probing look into the uncanny life of national treasure and gonzo journalism inventor Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. A fast moving, wildly entertaining documentary with an iconic soundtrack, the film addresses the major touchstones in Thompson’s life—his intense and ill fated relationship with the Hell’s Angels, his near-successful bid for the office of sheriff in Aspen in 1970, the notorious story behind the landmark Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, his deep involvement in Senator George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign, and much more. Narrated by Johnny Depp.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Directed by
ALEX GIBNEY

Screen Story by
ALEX GIBNEY

Writing by
HUNTER S. THOMPSON

Produced by
ALEX GIBNEY

Produced by
GRAYDON CARTER

Produced by
JASON KLIOT & JOANA VICENTE

Produced by
ALISON ELLWOOD & EVA ORNER

Executive Producers
TODD WAGNER & MARK CUBAN

Co-Executive Producers
ROY ACKERMAN & NICK FRASER

Edited by
ALISON ELLWOOD

Director of Photography
MARYSE ALBERTI

Narrated by
JOHNNY DEPP

Original Music
DAVID SCHWARTZ

CAST

List of Interview Subjects

Anita Thompson – Thompson’s second wife

Bob Braudis – Sheriff, Pitkin County (Aspen)

Charles Perry – Editor, Rolling Stone

Douglas Brinkley – Literary Executor, Hunter Thompson estate

Gary Hart – McGovern Campaign Manager

George McGovern – US Senator/Presidential Candidate

George Stranahan – Hunter’s friend and landlord

Jann Wenner – Co-Founder/Publisher, Rolling Stone

Jimmy Buffett - Songwriter

Jimmy Carter – United States President, 1976 - 1980

Juan Thompson – Thompson’s son (with Sandy Thompson)

Laila Nablusi – Producer, “Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas”

Pat Buchanan – Nixon speechwriter

Pat Caddell – McGovern Campaign Pollster

Ralph Steadman – Artist/Illustrator

Sandy Thompson (now Sondi Wright) – Thompson’s first wife

Sonny Barger – 1965 Hell’s Angels President, Oakland Chapter

Timothy Crouse – Writer/Journalist, Author Boys on the Bus

Tom Wolfe – Writer/Journalist

 

**** THE MOST ABSORBING FILM, FICTION OR NON-FICTION, I HAVE SEEN THIS YEAR. Alex Gibney and collaborators have surpassed even the much honored 'Enron' and 'Taxi to the Dark Side'. GONZO IS A MUST-SEE FOR EVERYONE." - Andrew Sarris, NY Observer

“FASCINATING! At his best Hunter Thompson was braver, funnier and more ruthlessly honest than just about any other magazine writer and ‘Gonzo’ confirms his place in the best, most disreputable corner of our literary pantheon.” – A.O. Scott, NY Times

“ABSOLUTELY RIVETING. AN EXTRAORDINARY FILM.” – Patricia Bosworth, Vanity Fair

“A MESMERIZING FILM ABOUT THE PEOPLE, PLACES AND SUBSTANCES THAT ALTERED THE MIND AND BATTERED HEART OF THE INVENTOR OF GONZO JOURNALISM. Johnny Depp narrates with just the right blend of awe and impertinence.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“CAPTIVATING, MESMERIZING, FASCINATING. Gonzo is not just for fans, but anyone interested in art, human nature and political history.” – Claudia Puig, USA Today

“TAPS THE FULL FASCINATION OF ITS SUBJECT, DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON. GRADE A-.” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

“A NO-HELMET MOTORCYCLE BLITZ through the literary bad boy’s most tumultuous years. – Sarah Wexler, Marie Claire

“ABSORBING. A heady mix of excess and inquiry.” Fernando F. Croce, Slant

“THIS IS VALUABLE STUFF. A seasoned, evenhanded profile and a reminder of tactics our press has forgotten.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“THE MOST TRANSFIXING FILM ABOUT A TROUBLED ARTIST SINCE ‘CRUMB’ IN 1994.” – Kurt Loder, MTV.com

“**** YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A THOMPSON FAN TO LOVE’GONZO’. A paradoxical kind of great documentary, it moves like no other non-fiction film.” – Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun

“**** BRILLIANT. Where is the Hunter Thompson of our times?” – James Verniere, Boston Herald

“**** FASCINATING AND INSPIRING.” Lee Grant, San Diego Union-Tribune

“SLEEKLY ENTERTAINING, ACCESSIBLE AND HUGELY KINETIC.” – Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune

“FASCINATING. A fitting tribute to Hunter S. Thompson.” – Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

 
Date for DVD release subject to change.