Picks and Pans Review: Where the Buffalo Roam

updated 06/02/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/02/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Orson Welles was "Citizen Kane," and Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman were natural as Woodward and Bernstein, but who could handle Rolling Stone "Gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson? Right, Saturday Night Live's Bill Murray. After months of research that allegedly included an expense account tab for $10,000 or so of Thompson's beloved Wild Turkey bourbon, the cast was primed to do justice to the crazed crusader. The trouble is that the movie can't decide if it's trying for laughs or social statement, and the commentary by Peter Boyle as the lawyer turned revolutionary, Karl "Brown Buffalo" Lazlo, is wearisome. Art Linson, producer of Car Wash, also directed this time out. Somebody needed a good editor, and for once it wasn't Thompson. (R)

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