Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Absurd Comedy, Satire  |   Release Date - Apr 25, 1980 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jeremy Beday

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.