Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson | 2008

Documentary, Historical
Hunter S. Thompson is a mythic American figure, a man that Tom Wolfe called our "greatest comic writer," whose suicide, by gunshot, led Rolling Stone Magazine, where Thompson began his career, to devote an entire issue ...more

Cast

... 1965 Hell's Angels President, Oakland Chapter

Actor

... Writer/Journalist

Actor

... Thompson's First Wife

Actor

... United States President, 1976 - 1980

Actor

... Nixon Speechwriter

Actor

... US Senator/Presidential Candidate

Actor

... Artist/Illustrator

Actor

... Literary Executor, Hunter Thompson Estate

Actor

... Co-Founder/Publisher, Rolling Stone

Actor

... Writer/Journalist, Author

Actor

... Thompson's Son

Actor

Company

Production Company

Synopsis

Hunter S. Thompson is a mythic American figure, a man that Tom Wolfe called our "greatest comic writer," whose suicide, by gunshot, led Rolling Stone Magazine, where Thompson began his career, to devote an entire issue (its best-selling ever) to the man that launched a thousand sips of bourbon, endless snorts of cocaine and a brash, irreverent, fearless style of journalism--named "gonzo" after an anarchic blues riff by James Booker. Borrowing from Kris Kristofferson, Thompson was a "walking contradiction, partly truth, mostly fiction." A die-hard member of the NRA, he was also a coke-snorting, whiskey-swilling, acid-eating fiend. While his pen dripped with venom for crooked politicians, he surprised nervous visitors with the courtly manners and soft-spoken delivery of a Southern gentleman. Careening out of control in his personal life, Thompson also maintained a steel-eyed conviction about righting wrongs. Today, in a time, when "spin" has replaced the search for deeper meaning, Thompson remains an iconic crusader for truth, justice and a fiercely idealistic American way. Like Jack Kerouac's On the Road, his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (and the movie made from it) remains a wanderlust myth for generation after generation of American youth. And for America's most esteemed journalists--from Tom Wolfe, and Walter Isaacson (former editor of Time) to the NY Times' Frank Rich--he remains an iconic freelance, never afraid to gore every sacred cow in his path. He believed that writing could make a difference. It could change things.

SIMILAR ARTICLES