Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas(1998)
With an all-star cast including Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin, Gary Busey, Christina Ricci, Mark Harmon, Cameron Diaz, Flea and Lyle Lovett it is a phrenetic retelling of the classic book. Directed by Terry Gilliam, who also directed Brazil, Jabberwoky and 15 Monkeys, the visuals will dazzle and sicken. Depp's performace predates his astounding and rubbery role as a pirate capturing the dizzying, cavalier and sometimes incomprehesnible character of Hunter S. Thompson. One needs a vacation after seeing this movie.
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
A young Bill Murray plays Hunter S. Thompson with Peter Boyle as Carl Lazlo, Esquire (aka the attourney). This movie is great for fans of Hunter S. Thompson's books, but falls short of being a good movie. A young Murray captures the mumbling behavior of a young, energetic and drug-crazed Thompson but it never delves deep into the psyche and raw honesty that his writings convey. It is a 1980s version of a highlight reel of the best of Thompson's books and is worth it to see a young Bill Murray in a dramatic, albeit dark, role.