Review: ‘Where the Buffalo Roam’

Where the Buffalo Roam is based on the self-described antics of flip journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who cooperated as 'executive consultant'. Pic features a number of amusing set-pieces of irreverent lunacy, but lack of serious substance renders film too frivolous and detached from reality.

Where the Buffalo Roam is based on the self-described antics of flip journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who cooperated as ‘executive consultant’. Pic features a number of amusing set-pieces of irreverent lunacy, but lack of serious substance renders film too frivolous and detached from reality.

Film establishes its tone in the opening scene, as writer tries to finish a piece while downing full glasses of Wild Turkey.

Only things fortifying Thompson here are drink, drugs and the search for the insane in American culture.

Sole exceptional element is Bill Murray’s clearly studied but provocatively off-beat performance as Thompson, which rings absolutely true.

Where the Buffalo Roam

Production

Universal. Director Art Linson; Producer Art Linson; Screenplay John Kaye; Camera Tak Fujimoto; Editor Christopher Greenbury; Music Neil Young; Art Director Richard Sawyer

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Peter Boyle Bill Murray Bruno Kirby Rene Auberjonois R.G. Armstrong Leonard Frey
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