Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)



Critic Consensus: Bill Murray delivers a noteworthy portrayal of Hunter S. Thompson, but Where the Buffalo Roam strains to get through its rambling narrative.

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In this satirical film, the infamous journalist Hunter S. Thompson sets off on a crazy trip around the country to cover the main events of the '60s and '70s, including Watergate and the Vietnam War.

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Bill Murray
as Hunter S. Thompson
Bruno Kirby
as Marty Lewis
R.G. Armstrong
as Judge Simpson
Leonard Frey
as Desk Clerk
Leonard Gaines
as Super Fan
Jon Matthews
as Billy Kramer
Joe Ragno
as Willins
Danny Tucker
as Narcotics Agent
Bruce Barbour
as Secret Service Man #3
Linden Chiles
as Reporter #2
Caesar Cordova
as Rojas' Man
Michael Cornelison
as Young Reporter
Joshua Daniel
as Questioner
Jon Mathews
as Billy Kramer
Lou Felder
as Sportscaster #2
Doris Hargrave
as Hotel Waitress
Jim Healy
as Sportscaster #1
Doreen Jaros
as Campaign Plane Stewardess #2
Sunny Johnson
as Lil/Nurse
Garrie Kelly
as Stewardess
Marguerite Lamar
as Red Cross Nurse
Jerry Maren
as Bell Man
Miles McNamara
as Questioner
John Moio
as Sheriff's Deputy #1
Richard Seff
as Reporter #1
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Critic Reviews for Where the Buffalo Roam

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

The movie is about manic energy, but you can feel everyone straining just to get the next shot on the screen.

July 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Where the Buffalo Roam is a shambling stiff, destined to tarnish the reputations of everyone responsible for it.

July 21, 2015 | Full Review…

[Where the Buffalo Roam] features a number of amusing set-pieces of irreverent lunacy, but lack of serious substance renders film too frivolous and detached from reality.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Laughs aplenty for people who use drugs as a pose, but most will be left wondering if half a pint of Bass doesn't qualify as a revolutionary action.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mr. Murray is clever whenever he is audible... But the story rambles desperately, and there are times when the screenplay is barely there. Mr. Thompson's only identifiable quality soon becomes facetiousness, and it wears terribly thin.

January 15, 2005

This is the kind of bad movie that's almost worth seeing. But there are large things wrong with Where the Buffalo Roam.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Where the Buffalo Roam

It's about Hunter Thompson and is with Bill Murray, so it have everything to go right. But a screenplay kill a probably good movie that become silly and flat picture.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Ridiculous but still entertaining.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


This was the Hunter S. Thompson movie before Terry Gilliam decided to do his version. It's more of a series of episodic vignettes based on several of Thompson's stories instead of being an adaptation of just one. It basically covers Thompson's relationship with Chicano lawyer "Carl Lazlo Esq." during Hunter's attempts to cover Super Bowl VI and the '72 Presidential Campaign, as well as some other crazy shenanigans. The film doesn't quite do justice to Hunter, his relatiosnhip with Lazlo, or the source material, but it is faithful to the spirit of gonzo journalism and Thompson's nuttiness. Plus, the performances are not too bad. Their far less histrionic than the ones in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but the actos still really get into character, and it's funny as hell watching Bill Murray and Peter Boyle do Thompson and Lazlo, respectively. This is a chaotic mess of a film, but it is rather fascinating to watch. It's not really a complete success as a movie, but it is entertaining. It's kind of a bummer that this is so underappreciated and not given all that much time of day. You gotta be in the right mood for something like this, but it is worth a watch, despite the flaws.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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