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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

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If there was a trip to be taken, they were there (Australian) 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:

Pánico y locura en Las Vegas  »

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$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

In retaliation for the wrangle that Terry Gilliam faced against the WGA, on 22 May 1998 during a book signing, he burned his WGA card in front of the public. That led to Gilliam and 'Tony Grisoni (I)' being given the dual writing credit. See more »

Goofs

After they pick up the hitchhiker in the desert Duke hits Gonzo on the neck from the back seat. After Gonzo regains control of the car the wind is blowing his shirt open, revealing a cable for his microphone. See more »

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[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 Ralph Steadman drawings from the book are put in with the credits, along with the Gonzo & Duke in the Red Shark picture that takes up the whole screen at the end. See more »

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Soundtracks

Viva Las Vegas
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by Dead Kennedys
Published by Pomus Songs, Inc. and Gladys Music
a/b/c Mark Schuman Songs
Courtesy of Cherry Red Records
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The art of character acting...
15 December 2004 | by (Thorp, Wi) – See all my reviews

I think the people who reviewed this film are a bit warped for thinking of it as anything less than a masterpiece. This film comes from the glorious days of Johnny Depp taking obscure roles in films and totally immersing himself in the character. Benecio Del Toro's performance was second to none, and I cannot for the life of me comprehend why someone would think this to be the "worst movie ever". God save us that we actually have to think a little when we sit in those awful theatre seats. Heaven forbid we're required to use our imagination a little bit and not have it handed to us in the form of Hollywood mindless pap. The film, del toro, Depp, and of course, Gilliam are all brilliant. I pity the fools who gave this movie a negative review and fail miserably in articulating their reasoning.


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