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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Director: Terry Gilliam Cast: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Craig Bierko

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Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King) directed this colorful, stylized, pseudo-psychedelic $21-million adaptation of the 1971 Hunter S. Thompson classic, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey into the Heart of the American Dream, about stoned sportswriter Raoul Duke, Thompson's alter ego, on a wild drug-crazed road trip, a paranoid plummet into the belly of the beast, with his pal, lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta. Originally serialized in Rolling Stone (November 1971), the book catapulted Thompson headfirst toward the Kerouac-Mailer-Capote pantheon and jump-started the entire movement of "gonzo journalism." Carrying a suitcase of drugs, Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp with shaved pate) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) drive a red convertible across the Mojave from L.A. to Vegas, where Duke has an assignment to cover the Mint 400 desert motorcycle race. As the drugs kick in, Duke ventures into voiceover, filling in the blank spots and narrative gaps. "This is not a good town for psychedelic drugs," says Duke, but even so, they consume vast quantities, eventually escalating to ether. Duke notes that with ether "you can actually watch yourself behaving this terrible way, but you can't control it." The two trash their hotel room, and Gonzo goes back to L.A. Thinking the hotel room holocaust will lead to an arrest, Duke begins a drive back to L.A., but after an odd encounter with a highway patrolman (Gary Busey) and a telephone conversation with Gonzo, he returns to Vegas to cover the District Attorney Convention on Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs in the glitzy Flamingo Hotel. This time the drugged-out duo trash their Flamingo room. The crazed carnival atmosphere segues into a carney casino, Bazooko's Circus, where a barker (Penn Jillette) spiels amid aerialists, clowns, and a rotating carousel bar. Gonzo worries over runaway teen Lucy (Christina Ricci), who paints portraits of Barbra Streisand. Soon the hallucinations begin: Duke sees Gonzo transmogrify into a demon with breasts on its back, and an acid vision of a Vegas bar features large legit lounge lizards (courtesy of monster makeup man Rob Bottin). Flashbacks depicting Duke's intro to the drug scene jump back to love-Haight relationships in San Francisco's Summer of Love. Cameos and guest stars include Mark Harmon, Cameron Diaz, Flea, Lyle Lovett, Harry Dean Stanton, Ellen Barkin, Tobey Maguire, and Hunter S. Thompson himself. The film features a Geffen Records soundtrack mixing rock of the period with Vegas lounge tunes. Over the years, various script adaptations came and went as did numerous talents; people connected with past efforts to film Thompson's book include Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and writer-director Alex Cox. Shown in competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2011
UPC: 0715515070218
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:59:00

Special Features

Digital transfer, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with dts-hd master audio soundtrack and an optional 5.1 mix; Three audio commentaries: one with Gilliam, one with stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro and producer Laila Nabulsi, and one with author Hunter S. Thompson ; Deleted scenes, with optional commentary by Gilliam ; Selection of Thompson correspondence, read on camera by Depp ; Hunter Goes to Hollywood, a short documentary ; A look at the controversy over the screenwriting credit ; Profile of Oscar Zeta Acosta, the inspiration for Dr. Gonzo ; Collection of artwork by illustrator Ralph Steadman; Excerpt from a 1996 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas recording featuring Jim Jarmusch and Maury Chaykin ; BBC documentary from 1978 with Thompson and Steadman ; Stroyboards, production designs, stills, and trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Raoul Duke
Benicio Del Toro Dr. Gonzo
Craig Bierko Lacerda
Ellen Barkin North Star Waitress
Gary Busey Highway Patrolman
Cameron Diaz Blonde TV Reporter
Flea Musician
Mark Harmon Magazine Reporter
Katherine Helmond Reservations Clerk
Michael Jeter L. Ron Bumquist
Penn Jillette Carnie Talker
Lyle Lovett Road Person
Tobey Maguire Hitchiker
Christina Ricci Lucy
Harry Dean Stanton Judge
Tim Thomerson Hoodlum
Richard Riehle Actor

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director,Screenwriter
Steve Arnold Art Director
Rob Bottin Special Effects
Harold Bronson Executive Producer
Patrick Cassavetti Producer
Lynn Christopher Set Decoration/Design
Alex Cox Screenwriter
Tod Davies Screenwriter
Richard Foos Executive Producer
Chris Gorak Art Director
Tony Grisoni Screenwriter
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
Kent Houston Special Effects Supervisor
John Jergens Associate Producer
Alex McDowell Production Designer
Jay Meagher Sound/Sound Designer
Laila Nabulsi Producer
Stephen Nemeth Producer
Philip A. Patterson Asst. Director
Nicola Pecorini Cinematographer
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt Co-producer
Margery Simkin Casting
Lesley Walker Editor
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is with out a doubt one of the funniest movies of the nineties. Depp and Del Toro work great together, the soundtrack was excellent, the whole thing was great. Alot of people said they didn't like this movie, well, it's not for everyone. Along with Gilliam's other films the Fisher King, Brazil, etc. it has a very surreal aspect to it (the sequence at the circus sticks out). But if you can stand the surrealness and the f- bombs and the sometimes increadibly dark humor, you'll love it. Highly Recomended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie! It's one that not everyone is going to like, but if you get it and don't mind the surreal, psychadelic trip - your going to love it!
DoctorGonzo More than 1 year ago
Tremendous depiction of a life everlasting. RIP Hunter.
MrVanisawesome More than 1 year ago
. Nathan James Mikesell DRUGS! DRUGS! Aparently this book was the American dream in the 60's, I wouldn’t know I’m 18. For a brief description its about two men one a news reporter the other his lawyer. Their journey begins with a road trip to Vegas too cover a news story about a desert race, really nothing to do with the whole story. On the way there and in Vegas they do a countless number of drugs and a abundance amount of alcohol. Its just about how the drugs feel and not being sober for a few weeks.
Sherms31 More than 1 year ago
“He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.” Our story begins with two friendship locked men that decide to make a weekend in Las Vegas into a savage journey that will turn your stomach and curdle your mind. A lawyer (Benicio Del Toro) and a journalist (Johnny Depp) ravage through the desert in search of themselves or anything similar. Our opening scene takes place in the front seat of a radical red Plymouth driving down an open road somewhere in the middle of the Nevadan desert. Our tenacious duo are one toke over the line from powerful narcotics that they recently procured. “Bats!” screams Depp while stopping for a hitch hiker (Toby Maguire), “We can’t stop here, this is bat country!” It is at this precise moment that our story foreshadows its evil underside and numerous hidden meanings. Based on actual events and the exquisite writings of Hunter S. Thomson’s (played by Depp) accounts from his trip to Las Vegas to cover a 400 mile motorcycle race through the desert. Hunter and his trusted attorney Oscar Acosta (Played by Toro) emerge into the glamour of Las Vegas with the grace of an enraged bull. Armed with Hawaiian shirts, drugs, a typewriter, and a gun, our two antagonists are prepared for a weekend of beastly exuberance across the state of Nevada. Movie enthusiasts and beloved fans of Hunter will both be troubled and curious to find the true meanings of this story that can only be described as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Fear and Loathing uses a lost weekend in Las Vegas as a metaphor for America’s season in hell; Vietnam. During the time period that these events occurred, the Vietnam War was the spotlight of every major media blockade around the world. When media constantly report on sinister events, such as war, the brainwashed mind that watches and listens becomes increasingly pessimistic towards themselves and others. So how can we escape this dark torment form media influence? In the words of Hunter, “The mind and body must be subjected to extreme stimulus by means of drugs and music.” Thomson provides an air of freedom for our suffocated minds with his norm breaking activities. For many, this story is simply a reinforcing agreement of the effect of drugs on the mind; not a reservoir of hidden undertones of wisdom and unbearable logic. Reporting for his national journal, Sports Illustrated, Thompson files a postmortem on the 60s counterculture by recording the events of his brain.
Mor_g More than 1 year ago
The movie is great and the special features (esp the commentary) makes this a must for any HST fan. Makes for a terrific gift.
Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
Based on the book and article by the same name, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the movie has been described by the author Hunter S. Thompson as a ¿a vile epitaph for the Drug Culture of the Sixties.¿ On the surface it may be classified as two individuals on a wild drug trip, but deeper I believe it does delve into the eroding of the American dream. This venture into what became known as ¿Gonzo¿ journalism has masterfully been brought to life by actor Johnny Depp who not only transforms into Thompson but also adds his own colorful quirks to relieve this writers journey into the abyss. Benicio Del Toro as Dr. Gonzo, the affable attorney Oscar Acosta who provides the counter to Raul Duke¿s character and pushes the envelope to the extreme that event makes Hunter seem sane. A mix of reality meets fiction, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a cult classic from an age that viewing from today¿s perception seems a whole lot simpler and saner than today¿s world. Cameos by a few other well known stars like Carmen Diaz, Bill Murray, and Gary Busey to name a few, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a wildly wicked peek into the American psyche. It reaffirms the old maxim that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
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laurenrae284 More than 1 year ago
"God's original prototype, too weird to live, too rare to die." Depp does a fantastic job of imitating Hunter S. Thompson.... almost too perfect.... right down to his voice and style of smoking. This director brings Thompson's Gonzo journalism brilliantly to the screen. Scary at times, hilarious at others... and some of the most memorable quotes. This film must be watched multiple times, and I promise it only gets better. And if you're really in a movie watching mood, I would also recommend "Where The Buffalo Roam" with Bill Murray portraying Hunter, as Depp does in this film. Also check out "Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride" and "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson." These documentaries give you a great background to Thompson, and probably a greater appreciation and understanding for this film. Brilliant, insane, drug-induced good time!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I did'nt know this movie was going to be about drugs, and usually when people do drugs its not funny, but I thought it was harlious! And it doesn't matter anyway beacuse I love Johnny Depp! * You need to see this movie *
Guest More than 1 year ago
fear and loathing in las vegas was one of the most surreal movies i've ever seen. terry gilliam does a brilliant job in adaptating and directing thompson's book. the way the camera is at times in a slant and the halluncinations gives the viewer an interesting look at an acid trip. i applaud depp and del toro for breathing life in these off beat characters. watch for cameos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the best if seen. It has alot of good points in it like to mix other drugs and stuff like that
Guest More than 1 year ago
''We were around Barstow when the drugs began to kick in''. This is immense and astonishing movie. Johnny Depp did an incredible job with impersonating Hunter S. Thompson as he goes on a ''job to a dirt bike race''. He only takes a red convertable, his Lawyer Dr. Gonzon, a few hawaiian shirts and a suitcase full of drugs that will make thins trip a trip to never foret.
Gonzo84 More than 1 year ago
Within minutes you are shot out of a cannon and into the world of infamous Gonzo creator and Journalist Hunter S. Thompson as Raoul Duke, a man on a mission to hunt down the American Dream in one of the craziest cities in the world; Las Vegas, all the while covering a story for sports magazine. Thompson is by far my personal favorite writer, his language, his flow, his thoughts, his antics, his brutal and charming personality, everything he seems to touch is gold in my mind, even though majority of his work was typed up within minutes on assortments of various substances. I feel like Thompson touched a part of American Culture that hadn't been uncovered til he hit the map. He does follow the ranks of earlier author/artists such as Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Kerouac, Burroughs, etc. But he came in a special time in not just our country, but the world, the 1960s. Even though Fear and Loathing came out in 1971, you still feel the presence of the 60s mindset and counterculture. A time of Fighting for Freedom, Fighting against Intolerance, Standing up for Civil Rights and so much more. This story though is definitely a Romper of a Riot. SO enough about the story which we all should know by now, especially if you're that interested in the film, cause the book should always be read before viewing the film. This film is also my personal favorite, for everything that is involved within the feature, from the cast to the crew to the story to Hunter himself. Johnny Depp is in his best role yet, like Bill Murray before him (Where The Buffalo Roam) Depp imerges himself deeply into the mind of Thompson, Depp even lived in Thompson's basement called the Dungeon for up to 2 months just to get ahold of who Thompson was and how he acts. Depp definitely pulls it off with this feature like he usually does with every Biopic feature he stars in. Benicio Del Toro takes on the role of Chicano Lawyer Oscar Acosta aka Dr. Gonzo. His performance is just as shining as Depp's, gaining weight and turning himself loose like a wild beast breaking out of its cage. Del Toro said in the commentary that after this film came out it was hard for him to receive roles for other projects cause Casting agents were afraid he'd be too crazy like his character. Terry Gilliam of Monty Python directs this film and who better to direct than one of the creators of Monty Python, in my mind, it's a match made in heaven. Gilliam's style goes hand in hand with craziness this story involves and he proves why he is the most eccentric director going then and today. All in all this story took years in the making to get filmed, everybody from Jack Nicholson to John Belushi were up for the roles, but how could this story have been made the way its supposed to be intended. I'm glad that it took so long, cause it wouldn't have been as great as it is now. Everything about this film is perfection and is the perfect film for any occasion. Even though critics slammed the film, it's become one of the biggest Cult Films in history and continues its journey throughout the years. Since Hunter's death, I think the film is more relevant and proves why Thompson was such an original and a Bad-Ass as well. So Turn on, Tune in and Hold on...this ride will whip you around into a frenzy of multiple sorts.
Tim_25 More than 1 year ago
This movie is a visual trip. A good interpretation of the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a classic movie. I suggest you see it. Oh yeah, Gaz, Benecio del toro wasn't in resevoir dogs you retard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Raoul Duke is not Dr. Thompsons alter ego. He is Dr. Gonzo hence the name Gonzo journalism. I have a large amount of adoration for Dr. HST.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is fun, real, and based on books by Hunter S. Thompson whom I think is a very good writer. His life-style is shone through this pschycodelic drug crazed film. It also reflects the open drug use of the '60's and '70's. And insight on HST's view of the future of America and the way it has been. If you like to laugh this is a real treat! Also note it is explict in drug use and has some strange and graphic scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie has been one of my favorites for a long time. It keeps me entertained and is easy to just relax and watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, this is not a movie for the faint of heart, young kids, or prudish people. It is for anyone who wants a little bit of weirdness, depravity, and an unusual style. From its begginning in the California/Nevada desert, to the 'trip' of a lifetime in Vegas, this movie will drag you through everything from a desert race, an ether trip, a hotel escape, a long car drive(hitch hiker included), and the various effects and consequences of drugs, all while making it hilarious and entertaining. Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro deliver everything that the movie needed. Two drug minded crazies, one a writer and one a self supposed lawyer, doing mindless amounts of drugs, experiencing everything from flying bats in the desert at noon, to lizard men copulating in a bar in the late night Las Vegas scene, to meeting and greeting a little bit of everybody, and finally getting into trouble with about everybody that they could possibly get into trouble with. This is a very good movie, with a knockout performances by the actors, directors, writers, and even the lizard men.