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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

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An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.



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The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark. Written by Laurence Mixson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Give us your brain for two hours and you will never be the same again.....(Icelandic) See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive extreme drug use and related bizarre behavior, strong language, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pánico y locura en Las Vegas  »

Box Office


$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,335,095 (USA) (22 May 1998)


$10,562,387 (USA) (17 July 1998)

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Did You Know?


Terry Gilliam, 'Tony Grisoni (I)', Alex Cox and Tod Davies are credited for the film's screenplay. Gilliam and Grisoni adapted the novel by Hunter S. Thompson and used their script for the film; however, a nasty arbitration wrangle at the Writers Guild of America found that Cox and Davies had written an earlier screenplay that had also adapted Thompson's novel, with a number of similarities to Gilliam and Grisoni's screenplay, and should therefore receive credit for the finished work instead of Gilliam and Grisoni (who the Guild claimed did not contribute enough new material to their script). After Gilliam appealed this decision, a shared credit for all four of the writer was permitted. To this date, both Alex Cox and Terry Gilliam claim to have been wronged in this. See more »


When Duke is talking to Dr. Gonzo from the phone-booth in the desert, a Dead Kennedys' DK logo is seen spray-painted on the door of the booth. The DK logo wasn't yet in existence in 1972. See more »


[first lines]
Raoul Duke: [narrating] We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like:
Raoul Duke: I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive.
Raoul Duke: [narrating] Suddenly, there was a terrible roar all around us, and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, and a voice was screaming:
Raoul Duke: Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals?
[swatting the air]
Raoul Duke: Huh! Huh! Huh! Fucking pigs.
Dr. Gonzo: Did you ...
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The credits literally scroll up the freeway. See more »


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Composed by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by The Lennon Sisters
Published by Williamson Music
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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21 December 2004 | by (Washington, US) – See all my reviews

Love it so much it hurts. There are so many great lines, and moments. To many to count. Johnny Depp should have received an Oscar for it. His performance is nothing short of genius. I know there never will be, but a sequel would rock. Benicio Del Toro takes a great turn as the disturbed side-kick. I wonder if his character could even tell the difference between sobriety and being high. All of the cameos are a nice treat, especially the Flea one in the bathroom, " I s-p-i-l-l-e-d L-S-D o-n m-y s-h-i-r-t..." Tobey Maguire has a great scene as well, he actually looks quite believable as the sickly albino guy. I'd say it's nothing short of incredible.

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