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

CastHunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Melissa Otero, George W. Bush, Eugenia Care, Martin Luther King Jr., Gary Hart, Robert F. Kennedy, Brian Kimmet
Year released2008
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Television news anchor Brian Williams, referring to the author and journalist: "Hunter S. Thompson... apparently took his own life with a gun last night." (0:03)

Actor Johnny Depp reads from Thompson's book: "The momentary freedom of the park was like the one unlucky drink that shoves the wavering alcoholic off the wagon." (0:04)

Challengers on 1967 To Tell the Truth game show: "My name is Hunter Thompson." (0:06)

Thompson: "It's in my interest... for me to smoke a joint and calm down." He rolls and smokes a joint.
Pat Buchanan: "He described me as a bat crazed Davy Crocket..." (0:07)

Illustrator Steadman: "Dear Hunter, it is over a year since you set the scene for your stangely planned suicide... When you pulled the trigger on your magnum .44... threatening to do that for years." (0:08)

Thompson biographer Brinkley: "He would type... just to learn the music of Fizgerald... identified with Fitzgerald... Fitzgerald would look in..." (0:11)

Television reporter: "The Hell's Angels accused of... narcotics..." (0:15)

Peggy Cass on To Tell the Truth: "No. 2, who is the author that sort of leads the kind of the LSD sex out there in San Francisco?"
Challenger No. 2 (Thompson): "Ken Kesey." (0:16)

Thompson's first wife Sondi: "Everybody was on acid... He hadn't taken acid yet... something Kesey put together."
Thompson: "... just a mad, mad scene." (0:17)

Brinkley: "... but he also loaned those tapes to Tom Wolfe."
Sondi: "It wasn't the Kesey people..." (0:18)

Rolling Stone writer Jann: "The San Francisco Bay area was a hot bed of... drug culture, psychedelics, Kesey..." (0:23)

Thompson: "Had my brain turned to jelly from too much acid?" (0:27)

Thompson: "I left in a state of hysterical angst..." (0:28)

Thompson's friend George: "First of all he drove everybody... nuts... taught my children to smoke dope... may be crazy..." (0:30)

Depp reads: "It will be the general philosophy of the sheriff's office that no drug worth taking should be sold for money... punish dishonest dope dealers..." (0:33)

Thompson's son Juan: "I just wish I could have been old enough to understand people's reaction about this crazy bald freak drug fiend..." (0:33)

Colorado sheriff: "and a secondary issue was the illegal status of drugs."
Thompson: "This is what I believe to be marijuana."
Sheriff: "An awful lot of us were smoking dope."
Thompson: "Marijuana laws are one of the reasons... drives you crazy..."
Sondi: "Not just... take as many drugs as you want..." (0:35)

Unidentified man: "When you publicly come out with statements of mescaline, marijuana..." (0:36)

Unidentified man: " Hunter Thompson has no grip on reality. I think he's psychotic." (0:37)

Thompson: "It's very hard to have a bald-headed lunatic..." (0:39)

Rolling Stone editor Perry: "We.. had that infamous poster of a two thumbed hand holding a peyote button... not used to the West Coast crazies..." (0:39)

Perry, referring to Steadman: "Ralph told me as soon as he got off the airplane Hunter gave him some psilocybin..." (0:41)

Sondi refers to Steadman: "... never done any drugs... anything hallucinogenic... Hunter, gives him mescaline."
Steadman: "Thousands of... stumbling drunks..."
Author Tom Wolfe refers to "... all the drunk southerners..." (0:42)

From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Duke: "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold... sky was full of what looked like huge bats..."
Jann repeats the bat quote then describes the scene of the car trunk: "And all the drugs and the salt shakers full of mescaline, cocaine... mad genius stuff."
Duke: "We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, 5 sheets of high power blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, a pint of raw ether, two dozen amyls... But once you get locked into a serious drug collection the tendency is to push it as far as you can."
Radio host: "Illegal drugs killed... Drugs..."
"... went there and just had a drug rampage."
Thompson's attorney friend Oscar: "I got some good grass for $12 a lid. I just ordered two lids." (0:45)

Brinkley: "... and it had in it a little bit of that wild druggy feel that the final Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas had."
Duke: "Ignore this terrible drug."
Perry: "At that point there was still this kind of Timothy Leary approach to psychedelics..."
Brief shot of Leary.
"There had been very little of actually dealing with the fact that when you're stoned on psychedelics..." (0:48)

Thompson: "What Leary took down with him was the central illusion... falacy of the acid culture..."
Perry: "At last the was a vocabulary for talking about psychedelics... More and more craziness from Hunter. Of course he was high all the time anyway." (0:49)

A woman at a taco stand lady asks Thompson and Oscar: "Could that be the old psychiatrist club...?"
"That has to be the old psychiatrist club..." (0:53)

Depp reads Thompson on sending work "to some hash addled freak of an editor at the Rolling Stone news desk in San Francisco." (1:02)

Thompson, referring to Nixon: "He speaks to the werewolf in us..." (1:05)

McGovern campaign manager Gary Hart: "I never tried to psychoanalyze Hunter, mood swings and so on..." (1:08)

Thompson on a talk show, referring to the candidate: "... Muskie eating this strange Brazilian drug."
Depp: "Not much has been written about the Ibogaine effect as a serious factor in the presidential campaign... Brazilian doctor who was said to be treating the candidate with some kind of strange drug."
Shot of the word "Ibogaine" written by hand.
Host: What was the drug that you said he was on?"
Thompson: "Ibogaine"
Host: "Ibogaine."
Typewritten paper with molecule graphic entitled "IBOGAINE"
Pollster Caddell: "Edmund Muskie is in fact addicted..."
Paper: "The Ibogiane Effect" (1:12)

Depp: "... Humphrey was using an exotic brand of speed known as wallet."
Brazilian doctor in black and white film: "His only hope is ibogaine
Depp: "I immediately recognized the ibogaine effect from Muskie's tearful breakdown..."
Perry: "... exactly fits the symptoms of somebody that's stoned on ibogaine."
Depp: "To the delusions and altered thinking that characterized his campaign... total rage that gripped him in Florida."
Talk show host: "... that Muskie was in fact on this bizarre drug."
Thompson: "People really believed that Muskie was eating ibogaine." (1:13)

Depp: "It is entirely conveivable given the known effects of ibogain that Muskie's brain was almost paralyzed by hallucinations at that time..." (1:15)

Songwriter Jimmy Buffet: "That's crazy stuff."
Author Crouse: "Hunter... kind of impervious... to drugs and liquor... no discernable effect..." He quotes Thompson: "Maybe at the next stop I can shoot up... it would be good to eat some acid." (1:16)

Thompson: "Wonder if I should eat some speed now." (1:17)

Hart: "The weekend after the convention in Miami we had gotten an anonymous call at the headquarters saying that Sen. Eagleton had had shock therapy..." (1:20)

Vice presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton: "On 3 occasions... I have voluntarily gone into hospitals as a result of nervous exhaustion and fatigue." (1:21)

Brinkley: "Too much drugs." (1:33)

Producer Nabulsi: "I met Hunter in John Belushi's dressing room..." (1:34)

Brinkley: "He was starting to drink and do too many drugs..." (1:35)

Brinkley, referring to Thompson: "He used to call himself a drug addled compound junky." (1:40)

Sondi: "Just thoughts of booze and drugs..." (1:42)

Thompson's second wife Anita: "He had talked about suicide a lot since I've known him."
Depp: "The world situation has become so nervous and wrong..."
Anita: "He just got depressed... but depressed is something I wasn't used to." (1:46)

Juan: "He'd made that clear many years before that when the time came he was gonna take himself out and it would be with a gun... It's one thing to know that he was gonna kill himself... It was a warm family moment." (1:50)

Jann: "What do I miss about Hunter?" He chokes up. (1:53)

Mortuary: Thompson and others discuss a monument and plan for his ashes: "That's my funeral." (1:54)

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