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Where The Buffalo Roam (1980)

by  |  September 20th, 2011  |  Comedy


Over the last few years I have been watching this TV show, Everybody Love’s Raymond… Now this show takes place on Long Island and talks about the often Nutty and Zany attitudes and actions that the husband’s family has on their more or less average American family unit…

Now you might be wondering why I am mentioning this TV show in a movie recommendation… Well simply put, one of the TV show’s character’s is played by Peter Boyle (Outland)… Now Peter Boyle (who happens to also play a great bad guy in Outland,) in the show Everyone Love’s Raymond, plays the cooky, oft times seemingly crazy father/Grandfather, who always eats…

And I am pretty certain that Mr. Boyle’s inspiration for the character of Frank Barone in, (Everybody Love’s Raymond), maybe from his role as Carl Lazlo in Where The Buffalo Roam  (1980).

Written by: Hunter S. Thompson (Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas), John Kaye (American Hot Wax) and Directed by: Art Linson (The Wild Life).  Starring: Bill Murray (Caddyshack), Peter Boyle and Bruno Kirby (Good Morning Vietnam). 

Now before I start with the story of what the basic premise of the movie is, let me say that this movie is actually loosely biographical, about Mr. Thompson’s time with his Lawyer Mr. Acosta…

Now the story for this movie is about a zany off the wall, oft times called, ‘crazy’ yet brilliant writer, Hunter S. Thompson (Murray), a journalist who writes for the Magazine, ‘Blast’, and how despite his cooky behavior, and loose attitude about life still makes it so that both the squares and the cool people alike love him!

Bill Murray (as Hunter S. Thompson) and Peter Boyle (as Lazlo) in, 'Where The Buffalo Roam.'

Now the movie, which is being narrated as Hunter is writing all of this as part of his memoirs, will take you on an utterly hilarious journey from the time that Hunter signs himself in to an asylum voluntarily… And ends up  turning his room in to his own personal fun house, with a hot nurse for entertainment!  To Hunter being pulled out of there by his Lawyer/Friend Carl ‘Lazlo’ Lazo (Boyle), so that they can finish part of Hunter’s latest article while Hunter drives and types his way to the court house for the rest of the info that Hunter is going to need to complete his latest article!

All the way, through Hunter playing Football in his luxury hotel room with some of the staff at the hotel that seems to be housing most of the reporters that are going to be reporting on Super Bowl 6 in 1972… To even sneaking on to President Nixon’s press core during an election!

With that said, what I like about this movie, and what I do truly believe makes this an awesome b movie is a couple of things:

1. I thought that the entire cast did a great job in this movie! From Bill Murray as the zany off the wall, ‘Hunter’ (which it does seem like to me like Mr. Murray does do a fantastic job playing.) To Mr. Boyle playing the hilarious, and probably insane Lazlo, to even Bruno Kirby as the more serious editor of Hunter’s. and everyone in between!

2. I thought that you guys might find this interesting, but a scene which takes place outside of a seedy bar in which two low life’s are standing around lighting their cigarettes… It turns out that these thugs lighting their cigarettes are musician Neil Young, and Music Producer David Briggs who helped contribute to the creation of the sound track for this movie.

3. Also in this movie to watch out for are some great actors like, Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space 9), R.G. Armstrong (Millennium), Otis Day (National Lampoon’s Animal House), Mark Metcalf (National Lampoon’s Animal House), just to name a few…

With that said folks, this movie is an awesome screwball comedy that if you haven’t already seen yet, then if you get a chance, check it out… You might like it…


Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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