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Breakfast With Hunter (2003)

Director(s): Wayne Ewing

Theatrical Release: 2003

Cast: Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, P.J. O'Rourke, Terry Gilliam

Genre(s): Documentary, biography, literature, politics, cinema

Countries: USA


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Running Time: 91m.

The debut documentary feature from television director Wayne Ewing (Homicide: Life on the Street), Breakfast With Hunter attempts to offer viewers an inside look into the life and mind of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Along with discussions of his past writings, the film explores the tumultuous process of adapting Thompson's most famous book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, to film. Along with writers P.J. O'Rourke and George Plimpton, interviews are featured with actors John Cusack, Benicio del Toro, and Johnny Depp, who played Thompson when Fear and Loathing finally came to fruition under the direction of Terry Gilliam. (allmovie.com)

Breakfast with Hunter is a feature length documentary starring the infamous outlaw journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Edited by director Wayne Ewing from cinema verite film and digital video that he shot over many years on the road with Dr. Thompson, Breakfast with Hunter follows several story lines in the trials (literally) and triumphs of this cultural icon who created his own genre of writing - Gonzo journalism. The film chronicles Dr. Thompson's successful attempt to avoid being placed in the system - jail and/or rehabilitation - by rogue Aspen City cops that conspired to bust him for drunken driving on the eve of an important local election. This political story interweaves with his struggle to bring his book "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" to a proper life as a feature film starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. The cast of characters he meets on his odyssey, in addition to Depp and Del Toro also include songwriter Warren Zevon, actor John Cusack, artist Ralph Steadman, and fellow journalists George Plimpton and P.J. O'Rourke.

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DVD Special Features:

! Gonzo journalism, drugs and writing explored with P.J. O'Rourke

! "Screwjack" read by P.J. O'Rourke and Don Johnson

! Oscar Acosta remembered by Hunter, and what really happened to him

! The editing of "Fear and Loathing in America"

! Warren Zevon and Hunter write song lyrics together

! The editing of "The Rum Diary"
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