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BUY A TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE: HUNTER S. THOMPSON ON FILM

USA, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Documentaries)

Director: Tom Thurman

BUY A TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE: HUNTER S. THOMPSON ON FILM

The closest most of us will get to the mad genius of the great gonzo journalist. In his Colorado home in February 2005, Hunter S. Thompson wrote a suicide note before shooting himself. He was 67. In a salute to a life lived on the edge, documentary maker Tom Thurman - who has previously produced documentaries on John Ford and Sam Peckinpah - details the good doctor through the perceptions of his friends, family and contemporaries, as well as readings of Thompson's enduringly witty prose. Narrated by Nick Nolte, the roll call of admirers includes Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Bill Murray, Gary Busey and John Cusack. Thompson's partner-in-crime, Ralph Steadman, also makes an appearance talking about Thompson's typically odd instructions for his own wake and the first drawings for the Gonzo Memorial.

D Tom Thurman P Christopher Black, Tom Thurman S Tom Marksbury WS Starz Media TD digibeta/2006/77mins

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