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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

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

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Four Days, Three nights, Two Convertibles, One City See more »


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

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22 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angst und Schrecken in Las Vegas  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

In the check in scene towards the beginning of the movie a man is heard describing a murder where the victim was decapitated and had their pineal glad removed. In a later scene Duke consumes Adrenochrome and it is stated that the drug can only be obtained from the pineal glad of the human brain. See more »

Goofs

On the way to pick up their rental car, they are slowed down because a stingray corvette hits a pedestrian; it looks in the film like the vehicle (which crashed) has an integrated rather than a chrome front bumper; the chrome front bumper wasn't adopted until 1973, while the movie is supposedly set in 1971. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The credits literally scroll up the freeway. See more »

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References From Beyond (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Combination Of The Two
Written by Sam Andrew
Published by Cheap Thrills Music
Performed by Big Brother and the Holding Company (as Big Brother & The Holding Company)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Save your sanity!
13 March 2000 | by (Gainesville, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most monotonous, repetitive, boring and pointless films I have ever witnessed. Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Toro appear to wander aimlessly through their paper-thin roles and seem to do nothing in the course of the picture except ingest drugs, throw-up, trash hotel rooms and then ingest drugs a little more. If you value your time and money, avoid this film at all cost.


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