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Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
by Jeremy Beday review

Where the Buffalo Roam would seem a sure-fire hit; unfortunately, it falls far short of its potential. The script seems at a loss to tell a coherent, unified story; the direction is confused and muddled; and the reason Thompson ever became a cult hero to begin with is completely lost in the shuffle (Thompson fans seem deeply offended by this portrayal). Bill Murray does a passable impression, Peter Boyle acts like he knows what it means to be stoned, and a good score by Canadian rocker Neil Young helps a little, but overall, Where the Buffalo Roam adds up to an hour and a half of time better spent in other ways -- any other way. A somewhat more faithful depiction of Thompson's life and times exists in 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a more literal interpretation of Thompson's best-selling account of his days as a journalist for Rolling Stone.