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

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  120 min.
Release Date: July 18, 2008 (limited)
DVD: November 18, 2008

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Cast: Johnny Depp

Synopsis

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): Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente, Graydon Carter, Alex Gibney, Eva Orner, Alison Ellwood, Stephen Vittoria
Screenplay: Alex Gibney
Official Site: www.huntersthompsonmovie.com/

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