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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  22 May 1998 (USA)
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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

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Four Days, Three nights, Two Convertibles, One City 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:

Angst und Schrecken in Las Vegas  »

Box Office


$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£206,498 (UK) (13 November 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Much of the clothing (shirts, hats) worn by Johnny Depp in the movie were actual pieces of clothing that the real Hunter S. Thompson wore in the '70s. Thompson himself let Depp borrow them for the movie, after Depp spent four months with Thompson learning his mannerisms and proper vocal inflection for the role. See more »


When Dr.Gonzo hits reverse to pick up the hitchhiker, Duke is thrown backwards. 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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Crazy Credits

The credits literally scroll up the freeway. See more »


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Slippery Mice
10 July 2005 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is far from your everyday movie, and only for those with a deep appreciation for the diversity of film-making, or fans of Hunter S. Thompson. This does not mean those mentioned will enjoy it, although definitely respect the attempt. I personally found it fascinating. To portray a permanently drug induced state to the big screen was done with creativity and subtle humour. You could expect nothing less from director Terry Gilliam who has played such a massive role in the brilliant and original Monty Python works.

Having never read any of Hunter S. Thompson's work, I get the impression that justice is done for the adaptation to the big screen. An absolutely quality cast must be credited for this, ensuring a natural performance is achieved. Las Vegas which features strongly throughout the movie seems to be so appropriate when dealing with this subject matter, they just seem to go hand in hand.

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