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
During the scene when Duke first arrives at the dirt bike race, it is suppose to be dawn, but you can tell from the lighting it certainly isn't. According to Terry Gilliam's commentary on the Criterion Collection DVD, they had the shot set up perfectly with the sun just rising, but when Johnny Depp tried to start the car, it was dead. They figured out soon enough that the driver forgot to fill the tank. Due to budget and time constraints, the shot had to be redone later that day. See more »
(at around 1h 04 mins) When the trooper is saying to Thompson that he should go to the rest stop and sleep, the camera follows him around the front of the car. But if you look at the car door in front of Thompson you can briefly see the shadow of a camera moving from the top of the hood and move backwards across the door. See more »
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like:
I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive.
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:
Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals?
[swatting the air]
Huh! Huh! Huh! Fucking pigs.
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The credits literally scroll up the freeway. See more »
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Published by Famous Music Corporation, Casa David and New Hidden Valley Music
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment See more »
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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