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

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Release Date:

  • July 18, 2008 - Limited

DVD: November 18, 2008

2h 0m | Documentary

Legendary journalist Hunter Thompson's first-person musings gave birth to "gonzo," a writing style whereby the reporter inserts himself into the story.

Thompson's personal life was as large as his professional one—fuelled by a love for whiskey, acid and guns.

Thompson's heydays were the '60s and '70s. In 1966, he won success with a book about the Hell's Angels, after spending a year with the motorcycle gang. The bikers weren't amused. Sonny Barger, a Hell's Angels figurehead, called him a "very good writer," but a "jerk."

Thompson went on to achieve celebrity status with his Rolling Stone pieces, covering everything from his own 1970 bid for the sheriff's seat in Aspen, to the 1972 George McGovern presidential campaign.

The film weaves together old photos, home movies and archival footage.

Director: Alex Gibney
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Alex Gibney, Alison Ellwood, Eva Orner, Graydon Carter, Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente, Stephen Vittoria
Cast: Johnny Depp
Writer(s): Alex Gibney
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