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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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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  »

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Budget:

$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£206,498 (UK) (13 November 1998)
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Trivia

In the scene where Benicio Del Toro stops the car and has an "attack" with Tobey Maguire in the car, Maguire's hair seems different. According to Terry Gilliam's commentary on the Criterion Collection DVD, they shot this scene a few months after the scene where they first picked him up and could not get Maguire to shave his head for the wig. It would have cost $15,000 extra to put that in his contract initially but they opted not to because the movie was already becoming over budget. They ended up spending well over that using a bald cap and makeup effects, as well as using computer editing to erase the line on his forehead. See more »

Goofs

Part of the movie is set at the Flamingo Hotel - this name is accurate for the time the movie is set. However, in an earlier scene in the movie, the signage/logo for the hotel in its 1990s "Flamingo Hilton" incarnation is clearly visible. 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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Referenced in Andromeda: Fear and Loathing in the Milky Way (2001) See more »

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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Genius + Genius = ...
19 May 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' was originally an Article published in two parts in Rolling Stone Magazine. It was written by Hunter S. Thompson. It tells the story of a journalist reporting on the Mint 500 in Las Vegas.

Terry Gilliam (the Director) is an accomplished film maker who began his career as one of the members of Monty Python. He did all of their animations.

These two men on their own are incredibly clever and gifted artists in their chosen medium. What we get from this combination is one of the best films ever made. It is a more or less true story. It is a wonderful view on the warped nature of American 'Culture' from a completely askew angle. Drugs, drugs and more drugs, but instead of preaching their evils or telling you how fabulous life is when you're on acid, you get a very unbiased experienced approach to their use and abuse.

Visually the film is amazing and both Johnny Depp and Benizio Del Toro are true to the book. I couldn't possibly recommend this film more highly.


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