WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM
1980, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Art Linson

Bill Murray turns in a transformative performance as Hunter S. Thompson in this one-of-a-kind biopic that draws from several of Thompson’s writings to tell the story of his outrageous friendship with lawyer and activist Oscar Zeta Acosta (called Carl Lazlo in the film and played by Peter Boyle). With music by Neil Young.


HEAVENLY CREATURES
1994, Park Circus, 99 min, New Zealand, Dir: Peter Jackson

“It was our intention to make a film about a friendship that went terribly wrong,” said director Peter Jackson of this acclaimed look at the run-up to a notorious 1954 killing in Christchurch, New Zealand. In strong screen debuts, Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey play obsessive teens who bond over an imagined world and eventually murder the mother they fear will separate them. The remarkable re-creation of the girls’ inner lives is aided by Jackson’s wonderfully visualized fantasy sequences and voice-overs drawn from actual diary entries.


BUGSY
1991, Sony Repertory, 136 min, USA, Dir: Barry Levinson

Warren Beatty leads an all-star cast as the titular tough guy who turned the desert town of Las Vegas into an oasis for gamblers. Sent to California in the late 1930s, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel falls hard for actress Virginia Hill (Annette Bening) as he works to expand the criminal empire of East Coast mobster Meyer Lansky (Ben Kingsley). Harvey Keitel and Elliott Gould costar in this stylish drama, which earned 10 Academy Award nominations and two wins, for Best Art Direction and Costume Design.


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