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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the montage at the beginning of the film (where Raoul and Dr Gonzo drive around collecting things for the trip) there is a glimpse of a bunch of people packing things onto a psychedelically-painted school-bus. This is most likely a reference to Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters who also drove around in a psychedelically-painted school-bus. See more »


After Duke has received the phone from the dwarf at the hotel, he looks up while speaking into the phone and the boom mic is reflected in his sunglasses. 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 »


Referenced in Almost Famous (2000) See more »


Composed by Ray Evans (as Raymond Evans)
Lyrics by Jay Livingston
Performed by Debbie Reynolds
Published by St. Angelo Music
Administered by MCA Music Publishing A Division of Universal Studios, Inc., Jay Livingston Music,
Inc., and St. Angelo Music
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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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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