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

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

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
Limited Release Date:
07/04/08
performer:
Hunter S. Thompson
director:
Alex Gibney
genre:
Documentary

We gave it an A-

Gonzo, the documentary by Alex Gibney, taps the full fascination of its subject: Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, the rock & roll Norman Mailer who styled himself as the last honest man in the American asylum, only to be destroyed by his legend. Gibney devotes exhaustive sections to Thompson’s journalistic landmarks (Hell’s Angels, etc.), as well as to his 1969 candidacy for mayor of Aspen — the moment his robo-voiced ”Gonzo” persona inflated into a comic-book alter ego. The movie also captures Thompson’s tragedy: the haze of drugs and bad writing that consumed him for no less than his last 30 years. A-

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